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Ho Chi Minh : North Vietnamese president
Publication Information:
Edina, Minn. : ABDO Pub., c2012.
Physical Description:
112 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Fight for independence -- Revolutionary start -- Seeing the world -- Parisian protester -- Revolutionary abroad -- Studying abroad -- Coming home -- Steadfast war strategist -- Legendary leader.
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This title examines the remarkable life of Ho Chi Minh. Readers will learn about Ho's family background, childhood, education, and revolutionary work as a visionary communist leader and first president of Vietnam. Color and black & white photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a table of contents, timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Opening with his 1945 speech declaring Vietnam's freedom and naming himself president, this biography continues with a brief summary of Ho Chi Minh's accomplishments. Johnson then goes back to his childhood and moves through his life chronologically. Throughout, she paints him as a passionate Communist and freedom fighter, desperate to throw off the yoke of French colonialism. Several potentially confusing points, such as Ho's frequent name changes, are clearly explained. However, the only explanation given as to why the U.S. entered the war with Vietnam is that the government "feared" the spread of communism. The reasons for this, and the greater geopolitics of the Cold War, are not discussed. Large archival photographs illustrate the text. Frequent sidebars offer greater detail and give background information on the politics and culture of Ho's homeland.-Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Fight for Independencep. 6
Chapter 2 Revolutionary Startp. 14
Chapter 3 Seeing the Worldp. 24
Chapter 4 Parisian Protesterp. 34
Chapter 5 Revolutionary Abroadp. 44
Chapter 6 Studying Abroadp. 54
Chapter 7 Coming Homep. 64
Chapter 8 Steadfast War Strategistp. 74
Chapter 9 Legendary Leaderp. 86
Timelinep. 96
Essential Factsp. 100
Glossaryp. 102
Additional Resourcesp. 104
Source Notesp. 106
Indexp. 109
About the Authorp. 112