Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in Paris

The Art of Resistance

Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in Paris

The Art of Resistance

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Two of the twentieth century's most fascinating figures, Ernest Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh, grappling with a world in which Western culture and their respective governments were failing them, came to Paris at the same time in the 1920s. Trained by their faiths to give their lives to and for others, each had survived a terrifying near-death experience, leading to the realization that this belief in service and sacrifice had been exploited for others' gain. They came to Paris to resist this violent heresy and learn what compassion could do.


"In this masterful treatise, meticulously researched and superbly written, David Crowe brings the artistic and intellectual similarities (and differences) of these two men into sharp focus. The prose flows beautifully, like a river in a George Seurat painting. This book is a gem."
—Peter W. Marty, Publisher and Editor, The Christian Century

"I thought I knew Hemingway and Uncle Ho. Turns out I didn't know half the story. This book is a delight, Crowe's enthusiasm for his subject leaping from every page."
—Paul Hanstedt, PhD, Director of the Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence, Washington and Lee University

"David Crowe--part literary biographer, part cultural critic, wholly engaged with the deepest questions of human meaning and hope--draws readers in with this compelling account of Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh. This book is a lesson in the art of becoming fully human."
—Jason A. Mahn, author of Becoming a Christian in Christendom

"In this well-researched and engaging book, literary scholar David Crowe paints a picture of the intellectual communities in Paris in the years immediately following the Great War and finds surprising similarities between the early thinking of these two men, whom most readers may not have previously considered together."
—Marion Larson, Professor of English, Bethel University

"This book is a rare thing: it is a tremendous piece of skillful story-telling, erudite without being pedantic, written by someone who clearly loves to read, for people who love to read."
—Jason Peters, Professor of English, Augustana College

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 350
  • Hardcover ISBN 9781506455709
  • eBook ISBN 9781506455716
  • Publication Date May 12, 2020