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

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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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [541]-558)and index.

About the Author

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.

Table of 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253207562
Subtitle:
The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992
Author:
Hamilton-Merritt, Jane
Author:
Hamilton-Merritt, Jane
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Laos
Subject:
Laos History 20th century.
Subject:
Hmong (Asian people) -- Government policy -- Laos.
Subject:
Hmong
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Hmong (Asian people) -- Wars.
Subject:
Hmong (Asian people) - Government policy -
Subject:
Asia American Studies; Asian Studies; Ethnic; History; International Relations; Politics; Southeast Asia; Twentieth Century or Later
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
9335
Publication Date:
19991122
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 bandw photos, 3 figures, 6 maps
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.19x6.09x1.11 in. 1.86 lbs.

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