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

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Indiana University Press, 1993 - History - 580 pages
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Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Nobel-nominated scholar and photojournalist, has followed the plight of the Hmong and the war in Indochina since the 1960s. The staunchest of allies, the Hmong sided with the Americans against the North Vietnamese 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 of genocide by the North Vietnamese, including the use of chemical weapons. Tragic Mountains moves from the big picture of international diplomacy and power politics to the small villages and heroic engagements in the Lao jungle. It is a story of courage, brutality, heroism, betrayal, resilience, and hope.

 

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In a sideshow to the Vietnam War, the United States and North Vietnam fought a secret war in Laos, with the Hmong people the valiant allies of the Americans. In the end they were deserted by the ... Read full review

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I thought the book was very good documentation of the struggles the Hmong have and continue to face. It was long and sometimes went off topic but the passion for the cause came through. I have a new respect for the Hmong and hope to help them in making it here in the United States.

Contents

THE FIGHT 1 Massacre on the Mekong
3
FOR THE 2 The Time of the Fackee
37
PART
67
THE FIRST 6 Camelot and the Land of Oz
95
The Charade of Neutralization
113
PART THREE
127
9 Widening of the Secret War
144
THE JOHNSON 10 Phou Pha Thi Falls the Alamo
171
Wipe Them Out
337
PART
353
Mystical Warriors
378
PART SEVEN
411
MILITARY AGE 28 Yellow Rain and World
432
Wronged by the Media
453
PART EIGHT
461
WAR WRONGED 31 Abused and Abandoned
471

YEARS Holds
189
PART FOUR
209
The U S Betrays the Hmong
225
PART FIVE
291
THE COMMUNIST 21 An Ominous Lull
323
IN PEACE 32 Requiem
497
Notes
541
Glossary
559
Index
571
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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.

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