Madame nhu by monique brinson demery

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madame nhu by monique brinson demery

Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnams Madame Nhu by Monique Brinson Demery

In November 1963, the president of South Vietnam and his brother were brutally executed in a coup that was sanctioned and supported by the American government. President Kennedy later explained to his close friend Paul Red Fay that the reason the United States made the fateful decision to get rid of the Ngos was in no small part because of South Vietnam’s first lady, Madame Nhu. That goddamn bitch, Fay remembers President Kennedy saying, She’s responsible ... that bitch stuck her nose in and boiled up the whole situation down there.

The coup marked the collapse of the Diem government and became the US entry point for a decade-long conflict in Vietnam. Kennedy’s death and the atrocities of the ensuing war eclipsed the memory of Madame Nhu—with her daunting mixture of fierceness and beauty. But at the time, to David Halberstam, she was the beautiful but diabolic sex dictatress, and Malcolm Browne called her the most dangerous enemy a man can have.

By 1987, the once-glamorous celebrity had retreated into exile and seclusion, and remained there until young American Monique Demery tracked her down in Paris thirty years later. Finding the Dragon Lady is Demery’s story of her improbable relationship with Madame Nhu, and—having ultimately been entrusted with Madame Nhu’s unpublished memoirs and her diary from the years leading up to the coup—the first full history of the Dragon Lady herself, a woman who was feared and fantasized over in her time, and who singlehandedly frustrated the government of one of the world’s superpowers.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. This biography of notorious Madame Nhu enticed me from the moment it was discussed in a program segment on NPR. Since so little is known of the Dragon Lady of Vietnam, the biography is fascinating.
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Finding the Dragon Lady - The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu - Monique Brinson Demery

Known for her harsh and incendiary comments that denounced anti-government protests by some Buddhist sects and the strong U. Choung dismissed as a "little runt" controlled by his wife while Madame Chuong described as "beautiful and very intriguing She spoke French at home and could not write in Vietnamese; as an adult, she drafted her speeches in French and had them translated into Vietnamese. When she became an adult, her mother introduced her to a series of eligible young men, but she insisted on Nhu. He was fourteen years older and referred to her as "little niece" in accordance with Vietnamese custom. Madame Nhu later admitted she married Nhu as a way of getting away from her family, saying "I never had a sweeping love. I read about such things in books, but I do not believe that they really existed.

If you remember the Vietnamese "Dragon Lady," you probably recall an enemy of America, the woman David Halberstam called "the beautiful but diabolic sex-dictatress. Her family's regime had once been the U. But when Diem's dictatorial behavior became too obvious to be tolerated, the Kennedy administration initiated a coup that left Diem and Madame Nhu's husband, Ngo Dinh Nhu , dead, Madame Nhu in exile, and Vietnam in utter turmoil. All this is burned into the memory of an entire generation as the tragic prelude to the Vietnam War escalation. Madame Nhu, Demery realizes, had been "an eyewitness to history making and political intrigue at the very highest levels.

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The original Dragon Lady was a cunning and beautiful Asian villainess in the s comic strip Terry and Pirates. But by the s and s it was Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, the first lady of South Vietnam, who owned the title, and the fearsome reputation that went along with it. With her impeccable coiffure, stylish high-necked outfits and penchant for controversial statements—and given the significance of Vietnam in the Cold War clash between Communism and democracy—she often found herself in the international spotlight. While on a speaking tour of the U. Stripped of her platform and prestige, she dropped from the public eye. Demery attempts a reassessment of Madame Nhu, having tracked her down as an old recluse in Paris. She died in at age

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