The Punji Trap – Pham Xuan An: The Spy Who Didn’t Love Us

Pham Xuan An was a Communist agent whose espionage adventures – under the cover story of a celebrated war correspondent in the Western media — were as brilliant for Hanoi as they were shattering for Washington during the tumultuous days of the Vietnam War. He has been dubbed “the perfect spy” and affectionately referred to by some as “the spy who loved us”. Not quite. Journalist and SoutheastAsian specialist Luke Hunt prises this story open. He knew and interviewed An for many years,along with the many friends and colleagues in journalism who knew him best in war, on the journalistic beat and amid the collapse of South Vietnam.The Punji Trap is distributed across Asia and in the United Kingdom by Talisman Publishing Pte Ltd. It is now available on Kindle  and hard copies will also be available through Amazon. First editions are available through Pay Pal and in specialty book shops, including the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Thailand. In Cambodia, it can be found atMonument Books across the country, and at The Lost Room and Wang Dang Doodle in Phnom Penh, and at Bookish Bazaar and Keppler’s Books in Kampot.





The Punji Trap; Official Launch

The Punji Trap was officially launched on January 24, 2018, at Meta House in Phnom Penh with more than 100 people attending. Journalist and videographer Craig Skehan hosted the event and former Saigon Reuters bureau chief Jim Pringle gave a telling talk about the Tet Offensive, which erupted at the end of January, 1968, and turned the tide of public opinion against the Vietnam War.


Author’s note: Blurbs and praise for the Punji Trap were written on behalf of the reviewer and not the publication they work for. It is common practice, and a courtesy, in publishing for a reviewer and the author to list who they work for. To do so should not be interpreted as an official endorsement from their publisher as that would require the incorporation of an official logo from the company making such an endorsement. The initial reaction from readers of the Punji Trap has been terrific, as such a second print run is anticipated soon with updated reviews for the cover.

Straight From The Printers

Jim Pringle, legendary correspondent and Reuters bureau chief in Saigon during the 1968 Tet Offensive, with the author (and a celebratory drink) on the day the Punji Trap is delivered from the printers. Photo by Milly Pringle.