America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

Author: Joshua Kurlantzick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451667884

Category: History

Page: 336

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1960. President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. In January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. Kurlantzick shows how the brutal war lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, and changed the nature of the CIA forever
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America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

Author: Joshua Kurlantzick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451667868

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 724

1960. President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. In January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. Kurlantzick shows how the brutal war lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, and changed the nature of the CIA forever.
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America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

Author: Joshua Kurlantzick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451667892

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 8769

The untold story of how America’s secret war in Laos in the 1960s transformed the CIA from a loose collection of spies into a military operation and a key player in American foreign policy. January, 1961: Laos, a tiny nation few Americans have heard of, is at risk of falling to communism and triggering a domino effect throughout Southeast Asia. This is what President Eisenhower believed when he approved the CIA’s Operation Momentum, creating an army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces there. Largely hidden from the American public—and most of Congress—Momentum became the largest CIA paramilitary operation in the history of the United States. The brutal war lasted more than a decade, left the ground littered with thousands of unexploded bombs, and changed the nature of the CIA forever. With “revelatory reporting” and “lucid prose” (The Economist), Kurlantzick provides the definitive account of the Laos war, focusing on the four key people who led the operation: the CIA operative whose idea it was, the Hmong general who led the proxy army in the field, the paramilitary specialist who trained the Hmong forces, and the State Department careerist who took control over the war as it grew. Using recently declassified records and extensive interviews, Kurlantzick shows for the first time how the CIA’s clandestine adventures in one small, Southeast Asian country became the template for how the United States has conducted war ever since—all the way to today’s war on terrorism.
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The CIA's Secret War In Laos

Author: James E. Parker

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312963408

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 8937

A veteran of Sky, a cadre of CIA agents, reveals the untold story of the covert war in Laos, taking readers inside the often mind-boggling world of extraordinary men living and dying on the edge and capturing the brutal essence of war. Reprint.
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The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos

Author: Roger Warner

Publisher: Steerforth Italia

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 436

View: 1382

In Shooting at the Moon, Roger Warner chronicles a covert operation that used Hmong villagers as guerrilla fighters against the North during the Vietnamese War. Thought to be an expendable resource by Central Intelligence Agency strategists, the Hmong died by the thousands fighting the North Vietnamese. Those who survived were abandoned to their fate when the United States pulled out of the war. Warner's history is the moving and tragic story of how America's 'secret war' devastated its own allies in Southeast Asia.
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The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

Author: Karen Coates

Publisher: ThingsAsian Press

ISBN: 1934159492

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 9441

Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern spent more than seven years traveling in Laos, talking to farmers, scrap-metal hunters, people who make and use tools from UXO, people who hunt for death beneath the earth and render it harmless. With their words and photographs, they reveal the beauty of Laos, the strength of Laotians, and the commitment of bomb-disposal teams. People take precedence in this account, which is deeply personal without ever becoming a polemic.
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the CIA's secret war in Laos and its link to the war in Vietnam

Author: Roger Warner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 9524

Documenting the secret war the United States waged in Laos from 1960 to 1973, an account reveals guerrilla raids, warring princes, and a CIA operative who raised an army in a series of events that led to the Vietnam War. 20,000 first printing.
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Author: Central Intelligence Agency

Publisher: Masterlab

ISBN: 8379912136

Category: Reference

Page: 3100

View: 8620

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The World Factbook is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency. Comprehensive guide full of facts, maps, flags, and detailed information. A must for travellers, businessmen, politicians, and all who wants to know more about our fascinating world. -- We share these facts with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies (From official webpage). Tags: world, guide, facts, almanach
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American Intervention in Laos, 1954-1961

Author: William J. Rust

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140684

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 9402

In the decade preceding the first U.S. combat operations in Vietnam, the Eisenhower administration sought to defeat a communist-led insurgency in neighboring Laos. Although U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s focused primarily on threats posed by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the American engagement in Laos evolved from a small cold war skirmish into a superpower confrontation near the end of President Eisenhower's second term. Ultimately, the American experience in Laos foreshadowed many of the mistakes made by the United States in Vietnam in the 1960s. In Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954--1961, William J. Rust delves into key policy decisions made in Washington and their implementation in Laos, which became first steps on the path to the wider war in Southeast Asia. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources, Before the Quagmire documents how ineffective and sometimes self-defeating assistance to Laotian anticommunist elites reflected fundamental misunderstandings about the country's politics, history, and culture. The American goal of preventing a communist takeover in Laos was further hindered by divisions among Western allies and U.S. officials themselves, who at one point provided aid to both the Royal Lao Government and to a Laotian general who plotted to overthrow it. Before the Quagmire is a vivid analysis of a critical period of cold war history, filling a gap in our understanding of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia and America's entry into the Vietnam War.
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The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

Author: Jane Hamilton-Merritt

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253207562

Category: History

Page: 580

View: 1139

Examines the Hmong's struggle for freedom and survival from 1942 to the present
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The Secret Air War in Laos and North Vietnam, 1968-69

Author: Reginald Hathorn

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811741486

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 5646

In-the-cockpit perspective on aerial warfare during the Vietnam War. Many never-before-heard stories--some of them tragic, others humorous.
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Life Under an Air War

Author: Fred Branfman

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299292231

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 923

Previous ed.: New York: Harper & Row, 1972.
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CIA Special Operations During the Secret War in Laos

Author: Thomas Leo Briggs

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984105922

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 366

View: 2004

Briggs presents a detailed accounting of a CIA program that sent small teams of irregulars behind enemy lines in Laos to destroy North Vietnamese Army units, capture NVA soldiers or encourage them to defect, intercept NVA radio communications, and recruit NVA soldiers to spy and report on their comrades.
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Author: Billy G. Webb

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514486857

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 1500

From 19611975, the United States found itself embroiled in two wars in Southeast Asia, but for most of that time, the citizens of our country were aware of only one. While scenes from Vietnam made the national news, few Americans knew that their countrymen were also fighting a secret war in the tiny kingdom of Laos. Billy G. Webb's book peels back the layers of secrecy, revealing the truth about a conflict waged below the radar against the relentless forces of Communism. His story celebrates the near-forgotten sacrifices of not just the United States and allied soldiers but courageous civilians as well.
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Top Secret Site 85 and the Bombing of North Vietnam

Author: Timothy N. Castle

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231103176

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 6153

Recounts the disappearance of eleven U.S. servicemen from a top secret radar base in Laos during the Vietnam War
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Jerry Daniels, the Hmong, and the CIA

Author: Gayle Morrison

Publisher: Modern Southeast Asia

ISBN: 9780896727915

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 431

View: 2738

"This book examines the unique personality and reported death of a man who was a pivotal agent in U.S./Hmong history. Friends and family share their memories of Daniels growing up in Montana, cheating death in Laos, and carousing in the bars and brothelsof Thailand. First-person accounts from Americans and Hmong, ranchers and refugees, State Department officials and smoke jumpers capture both human and historical stories about the life of this dedicated and irreverent individual and offer speculation onthe unsettling circumstances of his death. Equally important, Hog's Exit is the first complete account in English to document the drama and beauty of the Hmong funeral process."--Amazon.com.
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Author: Christopher Robbins

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780224494

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 8708

The incredible inside story of the world's most extraordinary covert operation. Air America - a secret airline run by the CIA - flew missions no one else would touch, from General Claire Cennault's legendary Flying Tigers in WW II to two brutal decades cruising over the bomb-savaged jungles of Southeast Asia. Their pilots dared all and did all - a high-rolling, fast-playing bunch of has-beens and hellraisers whose motto was 'Anything, Anywhere, Anytime'. Whether it was delivering food and weapons or spooks and opium, Air America was the one airline where you didn't need reservations - just a hell of a lot of courage and a willingness to fly to the bitter end.
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Fighting the Secret War in Laos for the CIA

Author: James E. Parker

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: 9781557506689

Category: History

Page: 193

View: 8509

At the same time the Vietnam War was being broadcast into the living rooms of Americans across the country the CIA was conducting a large-scale secret war in northeastern Laos that few heard about. Agency case officer Jim Parker's five years of combat and immersion in Southeast Asian culture had a lasting influence on him and his family. His dramatic, provocative reminiscence of those years is the first account by a participant to portray America's involvement in Laos and the people who served there.
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The CIA's Secret War in Laos

Author: Kenneth J. Conboy,James Morrison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780873648257

Category: History

Page: 453

View: 9590

Comprehensive account of the war in Laos and the CIA's involvement in that war.
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The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War

Author: Joshua Kurlantzick

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118098110

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 8079

How the West's greatest spy in Asia tried to stop the new American way of war—and the steep price he paid for failing Jim Thompson landed in Thailand at the end of World War II, a former American society dilettante who became an Asian legend as a spy and silk magnate with access to Thai worlds outsiders never saw. As the Cold War reached Thailand, America had a choice: Should it, as Thompson believed, help other nations build democracies from their traditional cultures or, as his ex-OSS friend Willis Bird argued, remake the world through deception and self-serving alliances? In a story rich with insights and intrigue, this book explores a key Cold War episode that is still playing out today. Highlights a pivotal moment in Cold War history that set a course for American foreign policy that is still being followed today Explores the dynamics that put Thailand at the center of the Cold War and the fighting in neighboring Laos that escalated from sideshow to the largest covert operation America had ever engaged in Draws on personal recollections and includes atmospheric details that bring the people, events—and the Thailand of the time—to life Written by a journalist with extensive experience in Asian affairs who has spent years investigating every aspect of this story, including Thompson's tragic disappearance
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