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A Great Place to Have a War

A Great Place to Have a War Author Joshua Kurlantzick
ISBN-10 9781451667882
Release 2018-01-23
Pages 336
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1960. President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. In January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. Kurlantzick shows how the brutal war lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, and changed the nature of the CIA forever

A Great Place to Have a War

A Great Place to Have a War Author Joshua Kurlantzick
ISBN-10 9781451667868
Release 2017-01-24
Pages 336
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1960. President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. In January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. Kurlantzick shows how the brutal war lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, and changed the nature of the CIA forever.

A Great Place to Have a War

A Great Place to Have a War Author Joshua Kurlantzick
ISBN-10 9781451667899
Release 2017-01-24
Pages 336
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The untold story of how America’s secret war in Laos in the 1960s transformed the CIA from a loose collection of spies into a military operation and a key player in American foreign policy. January, 1961: Laos, a tiny nation few Americans have heard of, is at risk of falling to communism and triggering a domino effect throughout Southeast Asia. This is what President Eisenhower believed when he approved the CIA’s Operation Momentum, creating an army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces there. Largely hidden from the American public—and most of Congress—Momentum became the largest CIA paramilitary operation in the history of the United States. The brutal war lasted more than a decade, left the ground littered with thousands of unexploded bombs, and changed the nature of the CIA forever. With “revelatory reporting” and “lucid prose” (The Economist), Kurlantzick provides the definitive account of the Laos war, focusing on the four key people who led the operation: the CIA operative whose idea it was, the Hmong general who led the proxy army in the field, the paramilitary specialist who trained the Hmong forces, and the State Department careerist who took control over the war as it grew. Using recently declassified records and extensive interviews, Kurlantzick shows for the first time how the CIA’s clandestine adventures in one small, Southeast Asian country became the template for how the United States has conducted war ever since—all the way to today’s war on terrorism.

Covert Ops

Covert Ops Author James E. Parker
ISBN-10 0312963408
Release 1997-11-15
Pages 272
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A veteran of Sky, a cadre of CIA agents, reveals the untold story of the covert war in Laos, taking readers inside the often mind-boggling world of extraordinary men living and dying on the edge and capturing the brutal essence of war. Reprint.

Shooting at the Moon

Shooting at the Moon Author Roger Warner
ISBN-10 UOM:39015041093082
Release 1996
Pages 436
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In Shooting at the Moon, Roger Warner chronicles a covert operation that used Hmong villagers as guerrilla fighters against the North during the Vietnamese War. Thought to be an expendable resource by Central Intelligence Agency strategists, the Hmong died by the thousands fighting the North Vietnamese. Those who survived were abandoned to their fate when the United States pulled out of the war. Warner's history is the moving and tragic story of how America's 'secret war' devastated its own allies in Southeast Asia.

Before the Quagmire

Before the Quagmire Author William J. Rust
ISBN-10 9780813135786
Release 2012
Pages 323
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In the decade preceding the first U.S. combat operations in Vietnam, the Eisenhower administration sought to defeat a communist-led insurgency in neighboring Laos. Although U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s focused primarily on threats posed by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the American engagement in Laos evolved from a small cold war skirmish into a superpower confrontation near the end of President Eisenhower's second term. Ultimately, the American experience in Laos foreshadowed many of the mistakes made by the United States in Vietnam in the 1960s. In Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954--1961, William J. Rust delves into key policy decisions made in Washington and their implementation in Laos, which became first steps on the path to the wider war in Southeast Asia. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources, Before the Quagmire documents how ineffective and sometimes self-defeating assistance to Laotian anticommunist elites reflected fundamental misunderstandings about the country's politics, history, and culture. The American goal of preventing a communist takeover in Laos was further hindered by divisions among Western allies and U.S. officials themselves, who at one point provided aid to both the Royal Lao Government and to a Laotian general who plotted to overthrow it. Before the Quagmire is a vivid analysis of a critical period of cold war history, filling a gap in our understanding of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia and America's entry into the Vietnam War.

Cash on Delivery

Cash on Delivery Author Thomas Leo Briggs
ISBN-10 0984105921
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 366
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Briggs presents a detailed accounting of a CIA program that sent small teams of irregulars behind enemy lines in Laos to destroy North Vietnamese Army units, capture NVA soldiers or encourage them to defect, intercept NVA radio communications, and recruit NVA soldiers to spy and report on their comrades.

Here There are Tigers

Here There are Tigers Author Reginald Hathorn
ISBN-10 9780811741484
Release 2008-01-24
Pages 272
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In-the-cockpit perspective on aerial warfare during the Vietnam War. Many never-before-heard stories--some of them tragic, others humorous.

Tragic Mountains

Tragic Mountains Author Jane Hamilton-Merritt
ISBN-10 0253207568
Release 1993
Pages 580
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Examines the Hmong's struggle for freedom and survival from 1942 to the present

Back fire

Back fire Author Roger Warner
ISBN-10 UOM:39015034307523
Release 1995
Pages 416
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Documenting the secret war the United States waged in Laos from 1960 to 1973, an account reveals guerrilla raids, warring princes, and a CIA operative who raised an army in a series of events that led to the Vietnam War. 20,000 first printing.

Hog s Exit

Hog s Exit Author Gayle Morrison
ISBN-10 0896727920
Release 2013
Pages 431
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"This book examines the unique personality and reported death of a man who was a pivotal agent in U.S./Hmong history. Friends and family share their memories of Daniels growing up in Montana, cheating death in Laos, and carousing in the bars and brothelsof Thailand. First-person accounts from Americans and Hmong, ranchers and refugees, State Department officials and smoke jumpers capture both human and historical stories about the life of this dedicated and irreverent individual and offer speculation onthe unsettling circumstances of his death. Equally important, Hog's Exit is the first complete account in English to document the drama and beauty of the Hmong funeral process."

Harvesting Pa Chay s Wheat

Harvesting Pa Chay s Wheat Author Keith Quincy
ISBN-10 0962864846
Release 2011-07
Pages 638
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In Harvesting Pa Chay's Wheat, Keith Quincy exposes, with damning clarity, what has been long excluded from the official record of America's military involvement in Southeast Asia: the secret war in Laos and its tragic consequences for the Hmong people and their culture. Exploited for the geographical location of their ancestral lands by the French, Americans, Vietnamese, and Chinese and callously manipulated by the same groups because of the nonaggressive, agrarian structure of their tribal units, by the early 1980s virtually the entire Hmong society had fled to Thailand and the United States, making them a people, a culture, a whole way of being, in exile. Keith Quincy's landmark work shows us the how and why of this terrible outcome, lest we forget that when the fighting stops the devastations of war go on.

Another quiet American

Another quiet American Author Brett Dakin
ISBN-10 9748303683
Release 2003
Pages 279
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Another quiet American has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Another quiet American also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Another quiet American book for free.

Codename Mule

Codename Mule Author James E. Parker
ISBN-10 155750668X
Release 1995
Pages 193
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At the same time the Vietnam War was being broadcast into the living rooms of Americans across the country the CIA was conducting a large-scale secret war in northeastern Laos that few heard about. Agency case officer Jim Parker's five years of combat and immersion in Southeast Asian culture had a lasting influence on him and his family. His dramatic, provocative reminiscence of those years is the first account by a participant to portray America's involvement in Laos and the people who served there.

The World Factbook

The World Factbook Author Central Intelligence Agency
ISBN-10 9788379912131
Release 2015-01-01
Pages 3100
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The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The World Factbook is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency. Comprehensive guide full of facts, maps, flags, and detailed information. A must for travellers, businessmen, politicians, and all who wants to know more about our fascinating world. -- We share these facts with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies (From official webpage). Tags: world, guide, facts, almanach

Eisenhower and Cambodia

Eisenhower and Cambodia Author William J. Rust
ISBN-10 9780813167442
Release 2016-06-06
Pages 354
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Although most Americans paid little attention to Cambodia during Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency, the nation's proximity to China and the global ideological struggle with the Soviet Union guaranteed US vigilance throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia's leader, Norodom Sihanouk, refused to take sides in the Cold War, a policy that disturbed US officials. From 1953 to 1961, his government avoided the political and military crises of neighboring Laos and South Vietnam. However, relations between Cambodia and the United States suffered a blow in 1959 when Sihanouk discovered CIA involvement in a plot to overthrow him. The coup, supported by South Vietnam and Thailand, was a failure that succeeded only in increasing Sihanouk's power and prestige, presenting new foreign policy challenges in the region. In Eisenhower and Cambodia, William J. Rust examines the United States' efforts to lure Cambodia from neutrality to alliance. He conclusively demonstrates that, as with Laos in 1958 and 1960, covert intervention in the internal political affairs of neutral Cambodia proved to be a counterproductive tactic for advancing the United States' anticommunist goals. Drawing on recently declassified sources, Rust skillfully traces the impact of "plausible deniability" on the formulation and execution of foreign policy. His meticulous study not only reveals a neglected chapter in Cold War history but also illuminates the intellectual and political origins of US strategy in Vietnam and the often-hidden influence of intelligence operations in foreign affairs.

The Ideal Man

The Ideal Man Author Joshua Kurlantzick
ISBN-10 9781118098110
Release 2011-10-13
Pages 272
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How the West's greatest spy in Asia tried to stop the new American way of war—and the steep price he paid for failing Jim Thompson landed in Thailand at the end of World War II, a former American society dilettante who became an Asian legend as a spy and silk magnate with access to Thai worlds outsiders never saw. As the Cold War reached Thailand, America had a choice: Should it, as Thompson believed, help other nations build democracies from their traditional cultures or, as his ex-OSS friend Willis Bird argued, remake the world through deception and self-serving alliances? In a story rich with insights and intrigue, this book explores a key Cold War episode that is still playing out today. Highlights a pivotal moment in Cold War history that set a course for American foreign policy that is still being followed today Explores the dynamics that put Thailand at the center of the Cold War and the fighting in neighboring Laos that escalated from sideshow to the largest covert operation America had ever engaged in Draws on personal recollections and includes atmospheric details that bring the people, events—and the Thailand of the time—to life Written by a journalist with extensive experience in Asian affairs who has spent years investigating every aspect of this story, including Thompson's tragic disappearance