Duc 3rd Edition: Triumph of the Absurd


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Almost half a century ago, a young reporter from Germany arrived in still-glamorous Saigon to cover the Vietnam War over a period of five years.

In this memoir he now tells the story of how he fell in love with the Vietnamese people.
He praises the beauty, elegance and feistiness of their women. He describes blood-curdling Communist atrocities and fierce combat scenes he had witnessed. He introduces a striking array of characters: heroes, villains, statesmen and spooks, hilarious eccentrics, street urchins and orphans herding water buffalos.
He shows how professional malpractice by U.S. media stars such as Walter Cronkite turned the military victory of American and South Vietnamese forces during the 1968 Tet Offensive into a political defeat. He mourns the countless innocent victims of the Communist conquest of South Vietnam, which was the grim consequence of its abandonment by the United States. Thus, he argues, the wrong side won.
Finally, with the eyes on Afghanistan, he poses a harrowing question: Are democratic societies with their proclivity for self-indulgence politically and psychologically equipped to win a protracted war against a totalitarian foe?
About the Author

Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto, an international journalist from Leipzig, Germany, has reported about major world events for 60 years. At age 50 he interrupted his career as reporter to earn an M.A. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a doctorate in theology and sociology of religion at Boston University under Peter L. Berger. As part of his theological studies he served as a chaplain intern to Vietnam veterans. He continued to work as an editorial consultant for German and American publishing houses and as religious affairs editor of United Press International in Washington, D.C. In 2005, he moved as scholar-in-residence to the campus of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, he founded the Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life /League of Faithful Masks (CLTPL/LFM), which he later transferred to in Capistrano Beach, Cal. This institute, of which he is now director emeritus, posits the Lutheran doctrine of vocation as an antidote against the contemporary culture of narcissism. Dr. Siemon-Netto has authored numerous articles and books. His memoir, Triumph of the Absurd: A reporter’s love for the abandoned people of Vietnam, was published this year simultaneously in English, French, German and Vietnamese. Dr. Siemon-Netto now lives in southern California as a writer and educator. Part of the year he and his British-born wife, Gillian, spend at their home in southwestern France.

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