By Monique Brinson Demery
In November 1963, the president of South Vietnam and his brother have been brutally accomplished in a coup that was once sanctioned and supported through the yank executive. President Kennedy later defined to his shut pal Paul "Red" Fay that the explanation the us made the fateful choice to dispose of the Ngos was once in no small half due to South Vietnam’s first girl, Madame Nhu. "That goddamn bitch," Fay recalls President Kennedy asserting, "She’s dependable ... that whinge caught her nostril in and boiled up the complete state of affairs down there."
The coup marked the cave in of the Diem govt and have become the united states access element for a decade-long clash in Vietnam. Kennedy’s demise and the atrocities of the resultant warfare eclipsed the reminiscence of Madame Nhu with her daunting mix of fierceness and sweetness. yet on the time, to David Halberstam, she used to be "the attractive yet diabolic intercourse dictatress," and Malcolm Browne referred to as her the most threatening enemy a guy can have.
By 1987, the once-glamorous big name had retreated into exile and seclusion, and remained there till younger American Monique Demery tracked her down in Paris thirty years later. discovering the Dragon woman is Demery’s tale of her unbelievable courting with Madame Nhu, and having eventually been entrusted with Madame Nhu’s unpublished memoirs and her diary from the years major as much as the coup--the first complete background of the Dragon woman herself, a lady who was once feared and fantasized over in her time, and who single-handedly pissed off the govt. of 1 of the world’s superpowers.
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Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu by Monique Brinson Demery