The Geneva Conference of 1954 on Indochina
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'Specialists will welcome the reprinting, after fourteen years, of what is probably Sir James Cable's most important book. For, surprisingly, it remains the only work that primarily focuses on the British role in defusing the Indo-China Crisis of 1954...a valuable book which it is good to see available again.' - David Carlton, Times Literary Supplement
'The British delegation included the young James Cable...an engaging writer and a shrewd observer of how personalities affect what goes on round conference tables (and, often more important, in the corridors outside).' - Morrison Halcrow, Daily Telegraph
'Sir James Cable's ...ability to provide a lucid and engrossing account of a dramatic performance that was always taking place on a revolving stage has produced a small jewel of modern diplomatic history.' - Anthony Short, International Relations
'Britain's swan song as a great power - admirably recorded in this eminently readable book'. - C.L. Wayper, Cambridge
'The Geneva Conference was very much a British enterprise. Until now...the British role has never been adequately told. Cable, an insider in the policy deliberations in London and a member of the British delegation at Geneva, adds measurably to our knowledge.' - Journal of Asian Studies
'James Cable's book is a valuable contribution to the already considerable body of literature on Vietnam...and offers the unique perspective that the author, a member of the British delegation at the conference, can provide. His anecdotes and deft portraits of Anthony Eden, Georges Bidault and other leaders enrich the account.' - Donald S. Birn, American Historical Review