By Edmund F. Wehrle

Between a River and a Mountain information American labor's strangely complicated courting to the yank battle 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 financial reform in Vietnam. The complicated, occasionally turbulent, courting 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 help for his or her Vietnamese actions from the CIA, whereas the CVT's have to maintain their dating with the americans lured them into entanglements with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. even though the story's endpoint--the painfully divided and weakened hard work circulation of the 1970s--may be regularly occurring, Wehrle bargains a completely new figuring out of the historic forces prime as much as that decline, unraveling his tale with huge sophistication and narrative skill.

"Stunning in its learn and complex in its research, Between a River and a Mountain is without doubt one of the most sensible reports we've of work and the Vietnam War."

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

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

--George Herring, collage of Kentucky

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

--Judith Stein, Professor of heritage, urban collage and Graduate tuition of the town college of latest York

"With this crucial publication, Edmund Wehrle supplies us the 1st full-fledged scholarly exam of prepared labor's courting to the Vietnam conflict. in accordance with deep learn in U.S. and international information, and provided in transparent and swish prose, among a River and a Mountain provides very much to our figuring out of ways the AFL-CIO approached the warfare and in flip used to be essentially altered by way of its staunch aid for Americanization. neither is it only an American tale that Wehrle tells, for he additionally offers interesting details at the Vietnamese Confederation of work and its sometimes-strained kinfolk with U.S. labor."

--Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

Edmund F. Wehrle is Assistant Professor of background, japanese Illinois University.

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