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Diverting The Buddha
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. The involvment of the United States and its representatives are seen in a light not displayed be...