Interview with Pham Van Dong, 1981

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Pham Van Dong was an associate of Ho Chi Minh, and served as Prime Minister of North Vietnam from 1955 – 1976, and then as Prime Minister of reunified Vietnam from 1976 – 1987. Mr. Dong recalls life under French colonial rule, his imprisonment, and the early work of the Viet Minh. He describes the negotiations with the French to end the Indochinese War, and the failure to implement the Geneva Accords. He details the negotiations of 1972 and 1973, and the final offensive that led to the fall of Saigon. He concludes with a summation of the lessons and consequences of the Vietnam War.