Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992
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
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.
THE FIGHT 1 Massacre on the Mekong
FOR THE 2 The Time of the Fackee
THE FIRST 6 Camelot and the Land of Oz
The Charade of Neutralization
9 Widening of the Secret War
THE JOHNSON 10 Phou Pha Thi Falls the Alamo
Wipe Them Out
MILITARY AGE 28 Yellow Rain and World
Wronged by the Media
WAR WRONGED 31 Abused and Abandoned