Chapter 3
Uncle Ho Meets Uncle Sam
In This Chapter
• Ho takes on the world
• Ho finds an American friend
• Ho’s heroes
• A free Vietnam?
Ho Chi Minh never quit. If he had, the histories of his country, Japan, France, and the United States would be very different today. World War II was a great turning point for him and for all of Vietnam. Things would never be the same again.
In the summer of 1940, to the world’s surprise, Hitler defeated France in less than six weeks, and Vietnam’s sovereignty switched from French colonial protectorate to Japanese-occupied “Co-Prosperity Sphere.” A pro-Japanese, pro-Nazi government run by Frenchmen co-existed beside a Japanese occupation army for the next five years.
By the fall of 1945, however, Ho’s dreams ...

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