Bamboo Palace

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jul 1, 2010 - Political Science - 384 pages
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In the dying days of the Vietnam War, a royal family is rounded up and flown by helicopter to a remote prison camp. Behind the bamboo curtain erected by victorious communist guerillas, the tragic final days of an Asian king and his dynasty will play out. Bestselling author of the Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer takes readers on a gripping odyssey to Indochina's heart of darkness, the remote prison camp where the Kingdom of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol finally ends. Part travelogue, part mystery, Bamboo Palace reveals the only known eye-witness account of the final solution carried out in the jungles of northern Laos. 'thrilling ... a marvellous gift for the well-turned phrase' - Michael Smithies, the Nation 'Now this is what I call a travel book' - Dianne Dempsey, the Age

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User Review  - crumber - LibraryThing

Loved this book after travelling through Laos. Part travelogue, part mystery my interest was maintained throughout. A great insight into an often forgotten land with dark secrets. Read full review

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User Review  - clstaff - LibraryThing

Excellent read. A travel book with a difference as the writer tries to uncover what happened to the Laos Royal Family after the Communists took charge. He travels far and wide through Laos meeting ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Christopher Kremmer is one of Australia's most respected and popular writers of narrative non-fiction, whose work has been compared favourably with that of V.S Naipaul and William Dalrymple. Educated at the University of Canberra , he spent a decade in Asia working as a foreign correspondent, producing a series of award-winning bestsellers, including The Carpet Wars, Bamboo Palace and his latest book, Inhaling the Mahatma, a personal history of India. Born in Sydney he divides his time between homes in India and Australia's Southern Highlands."

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