Bernard Fall wrote the classics Street Without Joy and Hell in a Very Small Place, which detailed the French experience in Vietnam. One of the first (and the best-informed) Western observers to say that the United States could not win there either, he was killed in Vietnam in 1967 while accompanying a Marine platoon.
Bernard Fall's widow, Dorothy Fall, is a professional artist. She conducted interviews for this book in the United States, France, and Vietnam for thirty years and drew from her husband's entire correspondence, his autobiographical writings, his notes written in Vietnam, and official U.S. government files revealed here for the first time. She lives in Washington, D.C.