By Edmund F. Wehrle

Between a River and a Mountain information American labor's unusually complicated dating to the yankee battle in Vietnam. Breaking from the simplistic tale of "hard hat patriotism," Wehrle makes use of newly published archival fabric to illustrate the AFL-CIO's carrying on with commitment to social, political, and financial reform in Vietnam. The complicated, occasionally turbulent, courting among American union leaders and their opposite numbers within the Vietnamese Confederation of work (known because the CVT) ended in risky political compromises: the AFL-CIO ultimately permitted much-needed help for his or her Vietnamese actions from the CIA, whereas the CVT's have to maintain their courting with the american citizens lured them into entanglements with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. even supposing the story's endpoint--the painfully divided and weakened exertions circulation of the 1970s--may be normal, Wehrle deals a wholly new knowing of the historic forces top as much as that decline, unraveling his tale with enormous sophistication and narrative skill.

"Stunning in its learn and complex in its research, Between a River and a Mountain is among the most sensible stories now we have of work and the Vietnam War."

--Robert okay. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of historical past and diplomacy, Vassar College

"Skillfully mixing diplomatic and hard work heritage, Wehrle's booklet is a helpful contribution to the ever-widening literature at the Vietnam War."

--George Herring, collage of Kentucky

"Wehrle has written a compelling and unique research of the AFL-CIO, the South Vietnamese hard work circulation and the Vietnam War."

--Judith Stein, Professor of historical past, urban collage and Graduate institution of town college of recent York

"With this crucial booklet, Edmund Wehrle provides us the 1st full-fledged scholarly exam of prepared labor's courting to the Vietnam warfare. in accordance with deep examine in U.S. and international information, and provided in transparent and sleek prose, among a River and a Mountain provides greatly to our figuring out of ways the AFL-CIO approached the conflict and in flip was once essentially altered through its staunch aid for Americanization. neither is it only an American tale that Wehrle tells, for he additionally provides attention-grabbing details at the Vietnamese Confederation of work and its sometimes-strained kinfolk with U.S. labor."

--Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

Edmund F. Wehrle is Assistant Professor of historical past, japanese Illinois University.

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