For the next 11 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This work was written in 1964

Malls are a relatively new phenomenon in Vietnam — and unlike their dying cousins worldwide, they still see their glory days being ahead of them. But, Katie Jacobs asks, do they have the ingredients for lasting success?

For the next 12 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This work was written in 1964

It’s a common New Year’s resolution — go a month or so without drinking. Jon Aspin took on the challenge... sort of

Authenticity is a concern in today’s shopping environment. Well, Niko Savvas can tell his Prada from his Praduh, but subtler doubts have been eating away at his existential well-being...

How Niko Savvas learned to stop worrying and love the calm. Illustration by Mads Monsen

Most of us who ride motorbikes have been in scrape-ups, life-altering things in the moment that don’t seem so bad when they pass. For Dara O Foghlu, it was the moment when doubt seeped in — and something else seeped out. Photos by Glen Riley

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