Traitor, Patriot, Sympathiser?
“… it is the story of a man who, his book suggests, could qualify as the most significant figure of the Vietnam War that you have never heard of. And not just any man, for An was a figure around which many of the pivotal events and personalities of the conflict osculated. And what a story it is: taking in An’s childhood in the lower Mekong, including his years as a teenage guerrilla fighting the French, college years in California, his experiences in Saigon during the Vietnam War and, later, through the years that followed unification, Hunt unpacks a life lived on the edge but at the centre of history.”
Wayne McCallum – Howl
Indonesian-based security analyst Keith Loveard reads his copy of the Punji Trap at his home in Keramas, Indonesia. ©Toby Loveard
Thida Keo, manager of the Back Street Bar in Phnom Penh, where the Punji Trap, now on its second print run, is available. It’s also a great place for a beer and chat!
“Luke Hunt has produced an excellent piece of journalism that is a must read for anyone interested in Asia.”
Michael Parer — Churchill, Victoria, Australia.
It’s excellent — gripping and beautiful researched — and well paced.
James Fountain — London, England
Author Luke Hunt with cameraman Terry Thiva at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Senior lecturer Leo Fernando from the University of Madras with author Luke Hunt and senior journalist Deepa Alexander of The Hindu during a recent a recent lecture series in Chennai.
“It was Terrific! The best read on the Vietnam war. It held my interest from the first chapter! I found the journalistic perspective to be a refreshing perspective on a long and complicated war. It should be required reading for anyone whose taking a study of that period.”
Diane Holbrook — Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
“It is a great book. The scope and detail is amazing. It opened my eyes to the complexity of the whole Indo China history, from the colonisation of the French, through the struggles for independence after the First World War and then again after the Second World War. The self determination of the Vietnamese was the last thing on the mind of the major combatants of the World Wars.
“Your work is must read for all young journalists on what it means to be a foreign correspondent. Your explanation of how the wire system worked, and the press agencies, and the proprietary newspapers and magazines all differ in what and how they write stuff was enlightening.”
Bob Hayes — Melbourne, Australia.
Lawrence Deushane, retired American living in Sydney. Lawrence is a former US paratrooper, black ops specialist and merchant mariner from the Vietnam war era who spent the later part of his working life as a journalist and photographer in Australia.