Street without Joy : The French Debacle in Indochina, Paperback Book

Street without Joy : The French Debacle in Indochina Paperback

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A poignant, angry, articulate book Newsweek 'Mr Fall's book is a dramatic treatment of a historic event graphic impact New York Times Originally published in 1961, before the United States escalated its involvement in South Vietnam, Street Without Joy offered a clear warning about what American forces would face in the jungles of Southeast Asia; a costly and protracted revolutionary war fought without fronts against a mobile enemy. In harrowing detail, Fall describes the brutality and frustrations of the Indochina War, the savage eight-year conflict, ending in 1954 after the fall of Dien Bien Phu, in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists.

Street Without Joy was required reading for policymakers in Washington and GIs in the field and is now considered a classic.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 48 b/w photos, 7 drawings, 29 maps
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9781844153183

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This is best and most detailed account of the Vietnamese struggle for independence prior to the arrival of significant numbers of US advisors and soldiers in the early 60s. Fall describes the bitter and bloody conflict with the French following the defeat of the Japanese in 1945 and the attempted restoration of colonial rule, almost entirely bankrolled by the USA. The coverage does not include anything other than a passing reference the siege of Dien Bien Phu, as this is the subject of separate title by the same author, 'Hell in a Very Small Place'.The book is very readable and is particularly interesting because it was written soon after the events by a journalist with an intimate knowledge of the country / conflict (Fall was killed in Vietnam in 1967 by a landmine). 'Street Without Joy' also has the added lure of having been widely read by the US advisors, counter-insurgency experts etc and journalists involved in the ensuing American escapade.

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