This project is the result of the collaboration of many people, from Vietnam to the United States and Ireland.
It would not have been possible without the generous financial support of two very special foundations: the Trust in Diversity and Education (TIDE) and LEF Foundations. Both of these have continued to support me over the past years and have again been there when I needed them. A very special thank you to the founders of the TIDE Foundation, the Bemis family, John, Charlotte, Jeri, Ellie, Gordon and Allie, and also to Lyda Kuth, Associate Director of the LEF Foundation.
I am much indebted to Charles Fenn who, after reading my first attempt to write this work, offered to improve my idea by adding his skill as a writer, along with his firsthand knowledge of Ho Chi Minh.
Chris Appy, I would like to thank for all of your careful and thoughtful comments and suggestions that have been critical in clarifying both the text and images.
In addition to my own heartfelt thanks, all of us who love Vietnam owe a tremendous debt to Lady Borton, who for so many years and in so many ways has dedicated her life to helping the people of Vietnam. Thank you, Lady, again and again.
Among the many people to thank in Vietnam, I must begin with a special tribute to Mrs. Vu Giang Huong, Secretary General of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, for her constant support, advice, encouragement, and most importantly her friendship over the past decade, as well as to her assistant Miss Le Phuong Lan, Director for International Cooperation.
Also special thanks to Le Kim My, Vu Hy Tieu, and Vu Kim Thu, whose tireless and unremitting efforts ensured that the paper, lacquer boxes, and silk covers for this project were the very best that could be made in Vietnam.
There is no way to adequately thank Duong Tuong and his family in Hanoi, especially Mai and Chinh for opening their home and hearts to me. Thank you to Duong Tuong for all of your help and encouragement.
I am also indebted to the following for adding significantly to this project: Miss Phuong Anh (De) Pham who for the past five years has made her home in Hanoi my home and office in Hanoi, Mr. Vu Ky, My Dinh Dang Dinh, Mr. Trung Quoc, Mr. Huu Ngoc, William Duiker, and finally Dr. Nguyen Thi Tinh, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi for generously offering me the resources of the Museum.
And most importantly, to Jean, my partner of thirty-one years, and our two children Aaron and Amanda, for all of the support they have given me over these past years, especially Jeans critical eye and editorial skills.