Press Release

Release of HO CHI MINH: A Portrait
Design and Artwork by C. David Thomas
Text and Translation by Lady Borton

On May 19th, timed to coincide with the 113th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's birth, the Vietnamese language version of HO CHI MINH: A Portrait will be released in Ha Noi, Viet Nam (The English language version is expected to be released approximately three weeks later).

This cloth-bound, full color, 140 page book is the result of extensive collaboration between two Americans, artist C. David Thomas and a writer Lady Borton, both of whom are currently living in Ha Noi, Thomas, as a Fulbright Scholar and Borton as the Country Representative for the American Friends Service Committee (Quaker Service) in Vietnam. Both have spent considerable time in Vietnam beginning in the late sixties when Thomas served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed in Pleiku, and Borton with the Quaker Service in both North and South Viet Nam.

HO CHI MINH: A Portrait contains many rarely and never before published photographs of Ho Chi Minh and his life and times. The text includes considerable new information about Ho's life which has also never before been published. The careful combination of images and text make this book seem much more extensive than it's 132 pages would imply. It will give the reader a clear picture of not only the incredibly complex life of Ho Chi Minh but also of the forces which shaped his destiny.

This unusual collaboration has brought together two friends who have each spent more than fifteen years seperately researching and collecting images and information about Ho Chi Minh. While Borton was searching through archives and libraries across the globe Thomas was collecting images of Ho and his surroundings. They have now come together to create this important record of Ho Chi Minh's life.

The book will be published in Viet Nam and distributed in the USA by the Indochina Arts Partnership (IAP) in Newton, MA, USA, and in Viet Nam by the Youth Publishing House (YPH) in Ha Noi.

The authors and publishers have agreed that all profits from the sale of this edition of the book will be used by the IAP to continue its cultural and educational exchange programs between the United States and Vietnam.

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