My Tour in Viet Nam: A Burlesque Shocker

New York: Vantage Press, [1970]. Hardcover. 176 pages. Hardcover, in fine condition with a very good jacket. Bound in brown cloth, in a tan jacket with the author's photograph on the rear panel. Book is crisp and clean, as is the jacket but for a few small flecks and smudges on its rear panel. Jacket enclosed in a clear, archival-quality, removable protective cover. Item #776

The author, as a 47-year-old mother of eight with a background in nursing and real estate and the only African-American bondswoman in Minneapolis, arranged for correspondent's credentials and went to Vietnam in 1967. The book is a collection of her observations and descriptions of the country's people, culture and politics, and of the American presence there and its dim prospects for success. Self-published, as Vantage is known as a "vanity" press paid by the authors whose work it publishes. It is not surprising that her work, coming from such an unusual perspective, did not find a commercial publisher, but that perspective makes the book particularly interesting decades later. Worldcat indicates nine copies, all in U.S. academic libraries.

Price: $150.00

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