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Covert CapitalLandscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia$
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Andrew Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274648

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274648.001.0001

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Saigon Road

Saigon Road

The Co-Constituted Landscape of Northern Virginia and South Vietnam

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(p.123) Three Saigon Road
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Covert Capital
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Andrew Friedman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274648.003.0004

This chapter traces the geopolitical projects of agents who used northern Virginia as staging ground to subvert the political order of Vietnam. Beginning with a small street called Saigon Road in one of McLean’s first subdivisions, one whose history carries the story of US empire in Vietnam back to 1950, I follow projects wrought by CIA operative Edward Lansdale and members of his team over two and a half decades, which brought northern Virginia into a deep transnational intimacy with Vietnam. Through sex, love, friendship, and partnerships developed in Vietnam over two decades, agents and Vietnamese intimates created a mobile, US-shadowed transnationalism, underwritten by empire, that “took place” between South Vietnam and northern Virginia in houses, offices, leisure landscapes, and other social spaces.

Keywords:   Vietnam, McLean, Saigon, Lansdale, Conein, Phillips, Diem, empire, Strategic Hamlet, pacification, counterinsurgency, development, intimacy

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