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By Edmund F. Wehrle

Between a River and a Mountain info American labor's unusually complicated courting to the yankee conflict 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 fiscal reform in Vietnam. The complicated, occasionally turbulent, dating 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 ultimately accredited much-needed aid for his or her Vietnamese actions from the CIA, whereas the CVT's have to maintain their dating with the american citizens lured them into entanglements with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. even though the story's endpoint--the painfully divided and weakened exertions circulate of the 1970s--may be universal, Wehrle deals a completely new realizing of the old forces top as much as that decline, unraveling his tale with massive sophistication and narrative skill.

"Stunning in its examine and complicated in its research, Between a River and a Mountain is among the top experiences we've of work and the Vietnam War."

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

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

--George Herring, college of Kentucky

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

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

"With this crucial publication, Edmund Wehrle offers us the 1st full-fledged scholarly exam of equipped labor's dating to the Vietnam conflict. according to deep examine in U.S. and overseas information, and provided in transparent and sleek prose, among a River and a Mountain provides greatly to our realizing of the way the AFL-CIO approached the warfare and in flip was once essentially altered through its staunch help for Americanization. neither is it basically an American tale that Wehrle tells, for he additionally provides attention-grabbing details at the Vietnamese Confederation of work and its sometimes-strained family with U.S. labor."

--Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

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

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