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 Southeast Asian 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 now available on Kindle and can be found at Monument Books across Cambodia, at The Lost Room in Phnom Penh and at Bookish Bazaar and Keppler’s Books in Kampot. Distribution in Asia and the United Kingdom is being handled by Talisman Publishing Pte Ltd and will be available through Amazon. The website is being updated accordingly and we soon hope to have the Punji Trap available through Pay Pal.

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