SECRETS OF THE MUSEUM

HOW A U.S. LIBRARIAN-TURNED-SPY UNCOVERED EVIDENCE THAT HELPED HEAL THE WOUNDS OF WAR

On a Saturday morning in April 1992, Theodore G. Schweitzer powered up his optical scanning machine in a corner room of Hanoi's Central Military Museum. Vietnamese officials had approved his use of the scanner to copy documents for a book he was writing on the museum's war archives. Schweitzer had convinced them that he was a private American researcher, which was part of the truth. The part he left out was that he was also working for U.S. intelligence.

A museum curator handed Schweitzer a faded red ledger. Its 208 pages contained a surprise: the index for a vast archive of...

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