Ferret

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Author House, Jul 26, 2010 - Fiction - 400 pages
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This volume explores the underbelly of foreign aid - one country's assistance to another - from three levels, some of which are not totally on the level.  You've got your international policy level, your between-the clouds-and ground practice level, and your personal emotional level.  Policy may appear unreal.  It is.  Practice may appear rather confused.  It is.  Individual emotions are,

well, a complicating factor. 

 

The story might appear anthropological.  Even anthropomorphic [meaning animals with human traits], or possibly atavistic [you might say giving humans beastly traits].  So be it.  Metaphors are metaphors and facts are facts. And this book is based on more of the latter than the former.  The locations are where they are, but not always clearly specified.

 

The humor is rife.  Don't let it detract from the facts.  The sadness is lamentable but integral.  On all levels.  Beasties aside, this is non-fiction, for the most part.  The very most part.  These things happened, happen for the most part.  They are happening still with no sign of declension, grammatically or actually.

 

The premise of this book is:  Things ain't always what they seem.  The conclusion is: Things ain't always what they seem. So?  Like the author, keep on looking.

 

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Contents

Life for the Living not the Dead Chapter 1
1
Those are official government documents 3
31
Getting the money into the hands of the people 4
49
Contravening every article or act laid down by
97
The many ways Which allow The American way
129
Mistakes of the heart are far worse than those of
199
Revolutions are not always revolting 26
267
The facts dont fit the equations 28
287
Youre kidding You cant be God 31
311
Hiding in the jungle plotting and scheming 34
347
He left me something much more valuable 38
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Somsak J. has survived the sprinkling of foreign aid and monsoon rains in a number of 'mysterious' Eastern countries, as well as the age-old enlightened beliefs and cultures therein. He's also survived love & love lost.  Through these times gone by, he has learned to severely question authority.  And found that 98% of authority is questionable.  And tends to survive it all with food, drink, and a sense of humor.

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