New Photo Documentary Book Depicts Contemporary Vietnam 35 Years Beyond the War
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CLEVELAND, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nacala Press is pleased to announce the release of “Vietnam: 35 Years After the Fall of Saigon. A Photographic Narrative,” by Mark Zannoni. The book provides a multidisciplinary insight into contemporary Vietnam. Through its 189 color images, this book presents Vietnam at this unique moment when the legacy of conflict is giving way to a renewed economic and social order.
While the Vietnam War’s legacy in the United States is well documented, this comprehensive work relates to the legacy of the war in Vietnam itself. It represents an American perspective of contemporary Vietnam, providing new data and insight through images, offering the reader a glimpse into modern Vietnam, depicting both the country as well as the physical and enduring remnants of the war.
The volume presents cities and regions throughout the country – from Hai Phong in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south – chronicling the residue of the war as well as the current social, economic, and diplomatic environment to present a comprehensive view of the country today.
Thirty-five years after the fall of Saigon, Vietnam is a rapidly developing country yet still bears the legacies of the war. Modern cities are rising quickly, yet on old battlefields children still play amid the debris of conflict. While the economy is thriving, subsequent generations suffer the long-term effects of chemical defoliants and the haunting presence of unexploded ordnance. And despite the economic and social progress, government functionaries carefully shape the official version of the war.
Vietnam: 35 Years after the Fall of Saigon takes a unique approach to present the story of modern Vietnam through the lens of the war, using the medium of images to allow the reader to explore the country 35 years after the war’s end. The book presents the legacies of war – such as unexploded ordnance (UXO), the impact of chemical defoliants, or the U.S. military’s Missing in Action (MIA) issues – but also the current state of the country such as street life (including areas once destroyed by aerial bombing) and modern skyscrapers that are testament to market forces and Vietnam’s economic role since scrapping its strict Communist doctrine in 1986.
Application and Relevance
The title represents an important and timely work from many perspectives—reconciliation between former foes, a social and economic perspective of a self-proclaimed Communist country that fully embraces and practices capitalism, a documentation of the political and economic development of Vietnam, and as an ‘epilogue’ on the war.
Contributing to the existing body of work on the Vietnam War, U.S.-Vietnam relations, and peace and reconciliation in general, the volume provides insight for a broad range of readers and academics across multiple disciplines to include: American History, Vietnam studies, Vietnam history, U.S.-Vietnam relations, current events, international relations, diplomacy studies, political science and cultural anthropology.
Mark Zannoni is a Cleveland-based photographer specializing in editorial and documentary photography, and has documented imagery throughout the United States, Asia, and Africa. He holds a degree in American History and has been a decades-long student of the Vietnam War.
The hardcover book is currently available through the publisher’s book site at www.vietnam35yearsafter.com. Around mid-December the book will also be available from Barnes & Noble at bn.com or ordered at any store location. An e-book version will be available in late November with release details at www.vietnam35yearsafter.com.
ISBN-13: 978-1-8897-4817-7 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-8897-4818-4 (E-book—to be released in late November 2014)
SOURCE Nacala Press