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Books help us realise how lucky we are
If you’re not big on world news, you probably did not notice those important and somewhat surprising stories last week announcing the death of General Vo Nguyen Giap in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Giap, who died surprisingly enough at the age of 102, has a place in history as a military genius and the general who beat two superpowers, France and the US. Never before had the US lost a war, but they lose they did—big time—in Vietnam. There are those who claim that Giap’s victories came from ruthless tactics more than brilliant military strategy, but it’s difficult to argue against Giap’s accomplishments.
By now you know me well enough to realise that any story I’m interested in must be connected to some book, and so it is with the story of Giap’s death. That news led me back to a book entitled Interview With History, a collection of political interviews that had a profound impact on me during my early days as a journalist. Hailed by publications from the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune to Playboy and Cosmopolitan, Interview With History, by Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, taught journalists that important political interviews could be entertaining, even fascinating. Fallaci’s interviews transcended dry political rhetoric to capture the essence of the person being interviewed. After all, it is people who shape the events that define us.
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