a bloody nightmare that haunts to this day

K. V. Turley LCWC reviews The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam by Geoffrey Shaw.

Early on November 2, 1963, the then President of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, and his brother, Nhu, had just heard Holy Mass at a church in a suburb of Saigon. They had fled there the previous evening having received word of a military coup. After Mass, the brothers remained for some time, deep in silent prayer. For Diem, there was nothing unusual in this. He had been a daily communicant for most of his life, and this early morning routine of Mass and private prayer had become an integral part of his life and indeed of his presidency. That morning, however, was to be different.

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