Pierre Asselin is Professor of History at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu and the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement.
"Outstanding. . . . Illuminating." - Proceedings
"Excellent new [work] on the Vietnam War." - Geoffrey C. Stewart, Cross-Currents
"A valuable contribution to any discussion of North Vietnam’s road to war, and the origins of the American stage in the Vietnam War." - Tal Tovy, H-Net
"Asselin's excellent study . . . will remain an indispensible source for students of Vietnam, the Cold War, and twentieth-century world history for many years to come." - Jessica Elkind, The Journal of American History
"Highly recommended." - CHOICE
- Journal of American-East Asian Relations
"This authoritative and compelling book fills a long-felt need for a scholarly treatment of policy making in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Pierre Asselin has conducted careful and exhaustive research into available Vietnamese and Western archival sources and consulted widely secondary writings on his topic. The result is a meticulously researched, lucidly written, and highly revealing volume on a previously obscure aspect of the Indochina conflict.... Asselin pushes the frontier of our knowledge about Hanoi’s strategic thinking and diplomatic maneuver during the Indochina conflict further than anyone else."