March 7, 2017

A Thousand Tears Falling: The True Story of a Vietnamese by Hai Lua

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Even Churchill’s wife, Clementine, admitted: ‘I don’t argue with Winston, he shouts me down. So when I have anything important to say I write a note to him’. 44 The Foreign Office continued to monitor the political situation in the United States and in particular American attitudes towards imperialism. The prospect of American elections in the forthcoming year explained for them some of Roosevelt’s more lavish anti-imperial pronouncements. 45 However, the Foreign Office failed to comprehend that despite its often fanciful direction Roosevelt’s abundant anti-imperialism was not merely an electoral whim.

These proposals were in essence the substance of the Gentleman’s Agreement. But Chiang continued to express the impracticality of Indo-China and Siam being transferred to SEAC and jealously defended that political orchestration should be solely managed by China Theatre. 84 Yet had he already actually committed himself to such a compromise? 85 The SEAC-China Theatre difficulties did not pass unnoticed by their Japanese adversaries. 86 Differences between Chiang Kai-Shek and Mountbatten over theatre boundaries, the ambiguities of the Gentleman’s Agreement and French participation in the war in the Far East would continue to reverberate in parallel to the trusteeship debate.

It appeared to Harvey that the United States sponsored the most secretive policies, and insisted on running the war without consultation with the British, to the benefit of American commercial interests. The American General Dwight Eisenhower’s local negotiations with the French in both North and West Africa – to the exclusion of the British – seemed to justify Foreign Office fears. The Americans were determined to compromise with the Vichy Vice President and Foreign Minister – Admiral Jean-Francois Darlan.

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