INDO-CHINA: Triumph & Decay


In Hanoi, Viet Minh officials, all correctness and efficiency, moved into city offices as if they had always owned them. Viet Minh propagandists set up scores of "centers of political education for the people." Past fluttering banks of gold-starred flags, wispy Ho Chi Minh returned triumphantly to the city from which he fled in 1946 to hide in the jungle and mastermind Communism's war for Indo-China.

Ho moved into the old French governor general's palace. His eight years of exile at an end, he grandly wined and dined India's Premier Nehru. They ate...

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