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By Edmund F. Wehrle

Between a River and a Mountain information American labor's strangely advanced courting to the yankee warfare in Vietnam. Breaking from the simplistic tale of "hard hat patriotism," Wehrle makes use of newly published archival fabric to illustrate the AFL-CIO's carrying on with commitment to social, political, and financial reform in Vietnam. The advanced, occasionally turbulent, courting among American union leaders and their opposite numbers within the Vietnamese Confederation of work (known because the CVT) resulted in harmful political compromises: the AFL-CIO finally authorised much-needed help for his or her Vietnamese actions from the CIA, whereas the CVT's have to maintain their dating with the americans lured them into entanglements with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. even supposing the story's endpoint--the painfully divided and weakened hard work circulate of the 1970s--may be regular, Wehrle deals a completely new realizing of the ancient forces top as much as that decline, unraveling his tale with enormous sophistication and narrative skill.

"Stunning in its examine and complicated in its research, Between a River and a Mountain is without doubt one of the top experiences we've of work and the Vietnam War."

--Robert okay. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of heritage and diplomacy, Vassar College

"Skillfully mixing diplomatic and exertions background, Wehrle's publication is a helpful contribution to the ever-widening literature at the Vietnam War."

--George Herring, collage of Kentucky

"Wehrle has written a compelling and unique examine of the AFL-CIO, the South Vietnamese hard work move and the Vietnam War."

--Judith Stein, Professor of heritage, urban collage and Graduate university of town college of latest York

"With this crucial e-book, Edmund Wehrle provides us the 1st full-fledged scholarly exam of geared up labor's courting to the Vietnam warfare. in response to deep examine in U.S. and overseas information, and provided in transparent and swish prose, among a River and a Mountain provides greatly to our figuring out of ways the AFL-CIO approached the struggle and in flip was once essentially altered by way of its staunch aid for Americanization. neither is it only an American tale that Wehrle tells, for he additionally offers interesting info at the Vietnamese Confederation of work and its sometimes-strained kinfolk with U.S. labor."

--Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

Edmund F. Wehrle is Assistant Professor of historical past, japanese Illinois University.

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