Diverting The Buddha Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is a book that looks at a testing time in the history South-East Asia. Set in the sixties it tells how a gentle Buddhist society was manipulated by right wing tyrants so they could gain maximum power and wealth. The Vietnamese were naive to believe that a democratic utopia based on buddhist philosophy could be created and sustained on the world stage.
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The involvment of the United States and its representatives are seen in a light not displayed before in public. Those readers who look on this book with an open mind will be rewarded with an insight into a misunderstood time.
The review of this Book prepared by Warren Thurston

A battle royal of ideals and philosophies pitting pro-democracy Vietnamese against the American sponsored regime' in Saigon. The book is a gritty look into the real history of the period, a look into American CIA and Johnson Administration dirty tricks used to undermine the Vietnamese people's rights to self-determination.
The review of this Book prepared by Bob Swartzel

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   govt. doing secret bad things abroad War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   Vietnam Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Revolution story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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