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When historians write about the Vietnamese Revolution they write about its founding father Ho Chi Min However there is some disagreement about Mins character and his accomplishments On one side he is a patriotic figure who used Communist doctrine and strategy as a method of freeing his people On the other side Min is characterized as a scheming radical who pretended to be well meaning and concerned about his country and its people but manipulated peers and rivals alike in order to establish a totalitarian regime In order to understand Ho Chi Min a closer look must be placed on his beginnings and how the war with France set the stage for his legendary move to presidency of Vietnam Accuracy about Hos early life waivers back and forth due to varied and conflicting documentation about both actual date of birth and place of birth Beginning with his birth Ho Chi Min is shrouded with inaccuracies Different sources report that Min was born in 1890 and 1898 Mins exact place of birth is also unknown In his memoirs Min claims to be from the village of Kim-Lien in the Nghe-An province While Jean Sainteny claims he was born in the village of Chua in the Nam-Dam province Hos child hood name was Nguyen Sinh Cung but according to Vietnamese custom he recived a new name Nguyen Tat Thanh at the age of ten Hos childhood was very turbulent due to the high educational goals his father had established for him Hos father was a poor country scholar with an expertise in Mandarin which helped him achieve a position as an official of the Vietnamese Imperial Court As the only son Ho was obligated to follow in his fathers footsteps While attending a French-run school Ho was expelled for rebellious activities although French authorities state it was for failing grades Searching for a new experience Ho decided to see the world and
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