Roger Warner Back Fire

ISBN 13: 9780684802923

Back Fire

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This is the story of a hidden war between the US and the communist powers in the neutral country of Laos, which led to the Vietnamese War. This book offers a full account of this conflict, based on access to previously closed files and interviews with intelligence players, military officers and government officials. The narrative describes the key Americans who trained the Laotians peasants and tribal people and led them into battle. Hill tribesmen were taught how to fly planes and guerilla raids were planned by CIA officers from thatched huts in a war overseen by the US ambassador. The book also tells of the warring Laotian princes, the general who may have dabbled in the opium trade, and the CIA operative who raised an army of 30,000 hill tribesmen and beat back the communists until the US government bureaucracy took control of his war and tore the kingdom apart. This book aims to make the puzzle of the US war in Vietnam whole and reveals how an obscure people was set on the path of achieving national identity, only to be abandoned in the wake of America's escalating conflict in Vietnam.

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Warner, coauthor with Haing Ngor of Haing Ngor: A Cambodian Odyssey (LJ 2/1/88) and a writer for Life, Smithsonian, and other magazines, has written an extraordinary account of the war in Laos from 1960 to 1973. He introduces a colorful cast of characters, including the CIA operative from Texas who married a Thai and became an officer in the Thai police and the Hmong officer who led his people in a long and costly struggle against the Communists only to find himself resettled in Montana after the war. Warner writes of a nation that became a pawn of the great powers, a piece that could be sacrificed to draw Communist pressure off South Vietnam and act as a shield for Thailand. Early American involvement in Laos, directed toward nation-building and military advice, was replaced by an effort to Americanize the war in a way unsuited to the circumstances and doomed to failure. Given that literature on Laos is so scant, and with Warner's excellent perspective, this work is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
Robert Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Between 1960 and 1973, the U.S. waged war in Laos under the auspices of the CIA. Undeclared and unreported, it cost thousands of lives and contributed to the climate of deception that poisoned U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. Journalist Warner (Haing Ngor: A Cambodian Odyssey) relies heavily on interviews with former CIA operatives and other American participants to reconstruct an operation characterized by idealism on the ground and by cynicism and misunderstanding at higher levels. Significant early successes against the Pathet Lao and their North Vietnamese allies were wasted, according to Warner, as the U.S. sacrificed its clients for the sake of the expanding war in Vietnam. Once that conflict ended, the Laotians were left to their fate?an abandonment in cold blood that Warner considers an indelible stain on this country's reputation.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Warner, Roger
Verlag: Simon & Schuster, US (1995)
ISBN 10: 0684802929 ISBN 13: 9780684802923
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Buchbeschreibung Simon & Schuster, US, 1995. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0684802929 * Fine in Fine dust jacket. First edition. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. UNDER510MA4750

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