The Spy Who Loved Us
The Vietnam War and Pham Xuan An's Dangerous Game
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
328 pages, 6.13 x 9.25 x 0.90 in, 2 b&w photos, 2 maps
- Published: November 2018
Only after Saigon fell in 1975 did An’s colleagues learn that the affable raconteur in their midst, acclaimed as “dean of the Vietnamese press corps,” was actually a general in the North Vietnamese Army. In recognition of his tradecraft and his ability to spin military losses—such as the Têt Offensive of 1968—into psychological gains, An was awarded sixteen military medals.
After the book’s original publication, WikiLeaks revealed that Thomas A. Bass’s account of An’s career was distributed to CIA agents as a primer in espionage. Now available in paper with a new preface, An’s story remains one of the most gripping to emerge from the era.
"I was deeply impressed by this book. It is relevant, instructive, and funny. The shock of the double never goes away. Neither does the gullibility of the arrogant intruder."—John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
"Swiftly paced narrative of a Vietnamese James Bond who worked both sides of the game. . . . A fascinating account."—Kirkus Reviews