Ho Chi Minh: A Life by William J. Duiker

By William J. Duiker

To understand the advanced reasons and outcomes of the Vietnam conflict, one needs to comprehend the extreme lifetime of Ho Chi Minh, the guy quite often famous because the father of recent Vietnam. Duiker presents startling insights into Hos real motivation, in addition to into the Soviet and chinese language roles within the Vietnam struggle.

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Sometimes he’d hear my radio playing, and he would yell upstairs to me to shut it oª and go to sleep. I would shut it oª and wait a while, until I thought he’d gone to sleep, and then turn it back on very low, putting my ear to the speaker to hear the music. 16 / Childhood The local Norwalk newspaper was called the Norwalk Hour. My family and I lived just in back of the newspaper building, at number 5 Brook Street, an old dirt alley. A brook ran through the alley, and my parents told me that if they caught me playing around that brook, I would get a spanking, because I would get hurt if I fell in.

We swapped jazz stories about other musicians and told jokes to pass the time as we drove. We were happy because we were doing the thing we loved to do most—playing jazz music. Of course, every city we played in held the possibility of introducing us to a nice young lady who would help us enjoy our stay there. What more could a young man ask for? Later on, when I worked at New York’s Birdland, after my days with Stan Getz, there were many women, both black and white, who hung out in the club and made themselves available to the musicians.

J. met us at the club, and Stan drove me and Walt and Joe to the gig in his station wagon. Every night before the gig, Stan had to stop oª in Harlem to cop some drugs. We were late each night because of this. One night, Stan asked Walt to drive, and he got in the backseat and tried to shoot up. Stan had been advanced most of the money for the gig, but on closing night, he did not have enough money to pay the band. J. J. Johnson was having di‹culty getting work in those days. It’s a mystery to me why such a great musician would have trouble finding work, but he had a day gig in a defense plant to ensure that he could support his wife and kids.

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