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Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

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Titel: Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992
Autor/en: Jane Hamilton-Merritt

ISBN: 0253207568
EAN: 9780253207562
Sprache: Englisch.

November 1999 - kartoniert - 624 Seiten

Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Nobel-nominated scholar and photojournalist, hasfollowed the plight of the Hmong and the war in Indochina since the 1960s. Thestaunchest of allies, the Hmong sided with the Americans against the NorthVietnamese and were foot soldiers in the brutal secret war for Laos. Since the war, abandoned by their American allies, the Hmong have been subjected to a campaign ofgenocide by the North Vietnamese, including the use of chemical weapons. TragicMountains moves from the big picture of international diplomacy and power politicsto the small villages and heroic engagements in the Lao jungle. It is a story ofcourage, brutality, heroism, betrayal, resilience, and hope.
Contents: Preface Preface to the Third Printing Chronology Part One: The Fight for the Control of Indochina 1. Massacre on the Mekong 2. The time of the Fackee 3. The Rise of the Viet Minh 4. The Time of the Viet Minh Part Two: Laos: The First Domino 5. The Time of the Americans 6. Camelot and the Land of Oz 7. The Charade of Neutralization Part Three: Secret War in Laos: The Johnson Years 8. CIA Operations at Long Chieng 9. Widening of the "Secret War" 10. Phou Pha Thi Falls, "the Alamo" Holds 11. Hmong in the Skies 12. Vang Pao Goes to Washington Part Four: The Nixon-Kissinger Years 13. Men of Courage 14. The U.S. Betrays the Hmong 15. Lima Lima 16. Kissinger and Guerilla Diplomacy 17. Bouam Loung, SKY Border Base 18. War Bloodies the Land of Oz 19. The Siege of Long Chieng Part Five: "Peace" in Laos: The Communist Takeover 20. The Last Americans 21. Am Ominous Lull 22. "Wipe Them Out!" Part Six: The Lao Gulag 23. Exodus 24. Chao Fa: Mystical Warriors 25. Holocaust in the Hills 26. The Giant Slays Sin Sai's Soldiers Part Seven: A New Military Age 27. "A Conspiracy of Silence" 28. "Yellow Rain" and World Councils 29. Wronged by the Media Part Eight: Wronged in War; Wronged in Peace 30. Burial in Montana 31. Abused and Abandoned 32. Requiem Appendix Notes Glossary Interviews and Sources Index Illustrations
Jane Hamilton-Merritt was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for her coverage of the Vietnam War, and in 1998 for the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her long-standing efforts on behalf of the Hmong. Tragic Mountains is her account of the historic struggle of the Hmong and of their betrayal by the United States.
"In this bitter, tragic and disturbing saga, Asian scholar/journalist/photographer Hamilton-Merritt documents the horrible suffering endured by the Hmong since they were abandoned by the U.S. in 1975... Hamilton-Merritt's impressive study, one hopes, will lead to the belated U.S. recognition of responsibility for the plight of the Hmong." Publishers Weekly " ... compelling ... an absorbing book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the 'secret' war in Laos and in the Hmong." The Wall Street Journal " ... a terrible, heartrending story of the savage and relentless Communist retributions against the Hmong for siding with the United States ... compassionate, richly detailed ..." San Francisco Chronicle " ... absolutely gripping, haunting, compelling ..." Journal of American History

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