South Viet Nam: The Creation of Uncle Nguyen


The gleaming black hair is no longer neatly combed back. The mustache has been trimmed. Gone is the dashing Captain Midnight look: tailored black flying suit, violet scarf, pearl-handled .38 revolver. At 37, the Vice President of South Vietnam, Nguyen Cao Ky, has taken to wearing bulky Mao-style suits —and the baggy new look is in keeping with both his sagging political fortunes and his efforts to fashion a new political image.

The change in Ky has come swiftly and dramatically, partly the result of accident, partly of the kind of...

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