Death Zones and Darling Spies

Death Zones and Darling Spies

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In 1961, equipped with a mastera€™s degree from famed Columbia Journalism School and letters of introduction to Associated Press bureau chiefs in Asia, twenty-six-year-old Beverly Deepe set off on a trip around the world. Allotting just two weeks to South Vietnam, she was still there seven years later, having then earned the distinction of being the longest-serving American correspondent covering the Vietnam War and garnering a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In Death Zones and Darling Spies, Beverly Deepe Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nationa€™s bloodiest and bitterest wars. She arrived in Saigon as Vietnama€™s war entered a new phase and American helicopter units and provincial advisers were unpacking. She tells of traveling from her Saigon apartment to jungles where Wild Westa€“styled forts first dotted Vietnama€™s borders and where, seven years later, they fell like dominoes from communist-led attacks. In 1965 she braved elephant grass with American combat units armed with unparalleled technology to observe their valora€”and their inability to distinguish friendly farmers from hide-and-seek guerrillas. Keevera€™s trove of tissue-thin memos to editors, along with published and unpublished dispatches for New York and London media, provide the reader with you-are-there descriptions of Buddhist demonstrations and turning-point coups as well as phony ones. Two Vietnamese interpreters, self-described as a€œdarling spies, a€ helped her decode Vietnama€™s shadow world and subterranean war. These memoirs, at once personal and panoramic, chronicle the horrors of war and a rise and decline of American power and prestige.In the online aquot;search fora€ box on the opening page, type in aquot;Beverly Deepe, a€ which will permit access to most of my articles. ... Quoted in The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, with forewords by Gen. David H. Petraeusanbsp;...

Title:Death Zones and Darling Spies
Author:Beverly Deepe Keever
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2013-05-01


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