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

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The name Hmong means 'free people' or 'those who must have their freedom and independence'. History records ancient Hmong homelands in China, a fiercely independent culture dating back to 2000 B.C., and centuries of oppression. Hmong have migrated southward out of China, and many have settled in the mountainous areas of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. "Tragic Mountains" tells the story of the Lao Hmong Struggle for freedom and survival from 1940 to the present. During those years the Hmong sided with the French against the Japanese and the Viet Minh, and then with the Americans against the North Vietnamese. The staunchest of allies, the Hmong were America's foot soldiers in the brutal secret war for Laos. Since the war, abandoned by their American allies, the Lao Hmong have been subjected to a campaign of genocide by the North Vietnamese, including the consistent use of chemical and biological weapons. Many of those who try to flee to the lowlands or into Thailand are pushed back into the mountains to certain death. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, scholar and journalist, has followed the plight of the Hmong and the war in Indochina since 1960. She covered the 'secret war' in person, has interviewed both French and American combatants, and has studied the relationship between the war for Laos (the first domino) and the war for Vietnam. "Tragic Mountains" moves back and forth from the big picture of international diplomacy and power politics to the countless small villages and heroic engagements in the Laos jungle. It is the first major book about the United States and its major ally in Laos. It is also a story of courage, tenacity, brutality, incredible heroism by Hmong and Americans alike, international cynicism, betrayal, genocide, resilience, and (still) hope. "Tragic Mountains" is divided into eight parts: 'Fight for the Control of Indochina' (dealing solely with the French period of the war); 'Laos: The First Domino'; 'Secret War in Laos: The Johnson Years'; 'The Nixon-Kissinger Years'; "Peace' in Laos: the Communist Takeover'; 'The Lao Gulag'; 'New Military Age'; and, 'Wronged in War; Wronged in Peace', a summation of the Hmong plight.

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Descrizione libro Indiana University Press, 1999. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 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. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0253207568

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