Episode 2665 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be a tribute to the memory of Henry Kissinger who recently passed away at the age of 100. This will be accomplished by featuring a rerun of episode 2582 where author, Stephen B. Young talked about Henry Kissinger in his new book titled Kissinger’s Betrayal.
The shocking new book about an American icon will jar many who always held Kissinger in high regard for his role in ending the American Vietnam War. The book Kissinger’s Betrayal is based on a treasure trove of formerly secret documents discovered my Mr. Young.
Young is eminently qualified to write on Kissinger’s role in Southeast Asia during the turbulent times of the War. He is the global executive director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism and the author of Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good, The Tradition of Human Rights in China and Vietnam, and The Theory and Practice of Associative Power: CORDS in the Villages of Vietnam 1967–1972.
He and his wife, Pham Thi Hoa, translated from Vietnamese the novel about Ho Chi Minh published as The Zenith. His 1968–1971 service in Vietnam for the US Agency for International Development in village development and counterinsurgency was highly praised by President Richard Nixon, Central Intelligence Agency Director William Colby, and ambassador to Saigon Ellsworth Bunker.
In 1975 and again in 1978, Young took a lead in successful efforts to resettle refugees from South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the United States.
Young also served as an assistant dean at the Harvard Law School and dean and professor of law at the Hamline University School of Law. He graduated from the International School in Bangkok, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School.
His book points out that for five decades, conventional wisdom about the Vietnam War has been that it was lost because it never could have been won. South Vietnam was doomed to defeat. The American effort was a foreign intrusion forever incapable of winning the “hearts and minds” of the South Vietnamese people.
In an unprecedented account, Stephen B. Young provides new insight into both genuine Vietnamese Nationalism and the French colonialism that marginalized and destroyed the right of the Vietnamese people to live freely in an independent country of their own choosing.
Listen to episode 2665 and discover more about what Stephen Young has to say about Henry Kissinger in his new book titled Kissinger’s Betrayal.