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General Information

Name:  Gerald Cannon Hickey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1925 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Gerald Cannon Hickey on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author was a live long resident of the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr. Hickey was a noted anthropolgist who did extensive field research in Laos and Vietnam during the war from 1956 to 1973. He wrote of the Montagnards of the central highlands and published several papers for the Rand Corporation.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Marriage: A Spiritual Journey (Recommended Reading for Couples)
ISBN: 1585951854

Twenty Third Pubns. 2001

as new unused

Window on a War: An Anthropologist in the Vietnam Conflict (Modern Southeast Asia Series)
ISBN: 0896724905

Texas Tech University Press. 2002

When Gerald Hickey went to Vietnam in 1956 to complete his Ph.D. in anthropology, he didn’t realize he would be there for most of the next eighteen years—through the entire Vietnam War. After working with the country folk of the Mekong Delta for several years, in 1963 Hickey was recruited by the Rand Corporation, which was contracted by the U.S. government to study and report on the highland tribes.From the buildup to war, when mountain tribespeople still lived in longhouses and cut and burned brush to clear fields for nice, to near the end of the conflict, when he sailed away from Vietnam on the S.S. Idaho, Gerald Hickey experienced it all. He lived through the horrible Viet Cong night attack on the Nam Dong Special Forces Camp in July 1964, and he survived the full-scale battle at Ban Me Thuot during Tet, 1968. Worst, he witnessed the decline of the mountain people from proud highlanders to refugees from a war none of them wanted and few understood.Hickey became respected by all parties as a fair intermediary between the highlanders, the American mission, and to some extent the Saigon government. His understanding of the montagnards, and his representation of their interests, helped to resolve their conflict with Saigon in 1965 and assured their alliance with U.S. forces through the rest of the war.These are his experiences, told with the calm yet deep emotion of a man who invested a major portion of his life and career in the events of the war and with the people among whom he lived and worked. His is a unique viewpoint and one to which we should attend."[Hickey's] studies of these independent, brave, and misunderstood people provide the scholarly record this fine book expresses his devotion and his despair at their inevitable and often cruel assimilation."—Douglas Pike

Kingdom in the Morning Mist: Mayrena in the Highlands of Vietnam
ISBN: 0812281063

Univ of Pennsylvania Pr. 1988

Tells the story of Mayrena, a French adventurer who attempted to set up his own kingdom among the Montagnards of Vietnam, and briefly summarizes the later history of the region

Free in the Forest: Ethnohistory of the Vietnamese central Highlands, 1954-1976
ISBN: 0300024371

Yale University Press. 1982

The Mango Rain: A Novel Of Vietnam - 1956-1975
ISBN: 1599265257

Xlibris, Corp.. 2006

The Mango Rain is an epic narrative about a small group of Americans and Vietnamese caught up in the dramatic events that swept Indochina during the 1956-1975 period. For them this period brought an odyssey, a journey full of adventures, changing fortunes, and quests in their own hearts. The peaceful late l950s is a golden afternoon, a time of love and youthful vision as exquisite as the mango rain which comes in the hot dry season to bring a cool respite that is, alas, all too fleeting. Sadly, with the Communist insurgency in the early 1960s, the golden afternoon is darkened and then obliterated by the Vietnam War. In the face of ever-growing violence and destruction, life takes on more sharply drawn lines. The Mango Rain also tells in the stories of insurgents, Khanh, Cay, and Tai how during the l9SOs and early l960s, the Viet Cong successfully blends into the South Vietnamese society to bomb the American embassy, and confront the South Vietnamese Army. As the Vietnam War draws to a close in April 1975 there is little left of the 1950s Vietnam. Still, on the day the Communist troops enter Saigon, Tho Van, who refuses to leave with Peggy and Stan, moves through her garden and looks up as the soft, fragrant mango rain falls. In Thu Van's shattered world, the mango rain is a reminder of the vanished past, but it also is a sign of hope.

Shattered World: Adaptation and Survival among Vietnam's Highland Peoples during the Vietnam War
ISBN: 081221417X

University of Pennsylvania Press. 1993

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Examines the cultures of ten groups native to the central highlands of Vietnam, focusing on the ways in which their cultures have been shaped by the necessity for adaptation to their mountain environment.