Between a River and a Mountain: The AFL-CIO and the Vietnam by Edmund F. Wehrle

By Edmund F. Wehrle

Between a River and a Mountain information American labor's strangely complicated courting to the yankee battle in Vietnam. Breaking from the simplistic tale of "hard hat patriotism," Wehrle makes use of newly published archival fabric to illustrate the AFL-CIO's carrying on with commitment to social, political, and financial reform in Vietnam. The complicated, occasionally turbulent, dating among American union leaders and their opposite numbers within the Vietnamese Confederation of work (known because the CVT) resulted in harmful political compromises: the AFL-CIO finally authorised much-needed help for his or her Vietnamese actions from the CIA, whereas the CVT's have to maintain their courting with the americans lured them into entanglements with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. even though the story's endpoint--the painfully divided and weakened hard work circulate of the 1970s--may be commonly used, Wehrle deals a completely new realizing of the old forces best as much as that decline, unraveling his tale with huge sophistication and narrative skill.

"Stunning in its learn and complex in its research, Between a River and a Mountain is without doubt one of the most sensible stories we now have of work and the Vietnam War."

--Robert okay. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of heritage and diplomacy, Vassar College

"Skillfully mixing diplomatic and hard work background, Wehrle's publication is a priceless contribution to the ever-widening literature at the Vietnam War."

--George Herring, collage of Kentucky

"Wehrle has written a compelling and unique learn of the AFL-CIO, the South Vietnamese hard work stream and the Vietnam War."

--Judith Stein, Professor of historical past, urban university and Graduate college of town college of recent York

"With this significant ebook, Edmund Wehrle supplies us the 1st full-fledged scholarly exam of equipped labor's dating to the Vietnam warfare. in keeping with deep examine in U.S. and international files, and awarded in transparent and sleek prose, among a River and a Mountain provides greatly to our realizing of ways the AFL-CIO approached the battle and in flip was once essentially altered by way of its staunch aid for Americanization. neither is it basically an American tale that Wehrle tells, for he additionally offers attention-grabbing info at the Vietnamese Confederation of work and its sometimes-strained kinfolk with U.S. labor."

--Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

Edmund F. Wehrle is Assistant Professor of background, japanese Illinois University.

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