Tragic Mountains

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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 160.02 x 246.38 x 33.02mm | 884.5g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 47 b&w photos, 3 figures, 6 maps
  • 0253207568
  • 9780253207562
  • 751,504

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"In this bitter, tragic and disturbing saga, Asian scholar/journalist/photographer Hamilton-Merritt documents the horrible suffering endured by the Hmong since they were abandoned by the U.S. in 1975... Hamilton-Merritt's impressive study, one hopes, will lead to the belated U.S. recognition of responsibility for the plight of the Hmong." -Publishers Weekly "... compelling... an absorbing book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the 'secret' war in Laos and in the Hmong." -C. Dennison Lane, The Wall Street Journal "... a terrible, heartrending story of the savage and relentless Communist retributions against the Hmong for siding with the United States... compassionate, richly detailed..." -San Francisco Chronicle "... absolutely gripping, haunting, compelling..." -Journal of American Historyshow more

About Jane Hamilton-Merritt

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 more

Table of contents

PrefacePreface to the Third PrintingChronologyPart One: The Fight for the Control of Indochina1. Massacre on the Mekong2. The time of the Fackee3. The Rise of the Viet Minh4. The Time of the Viet MinhPart Two: Laos: The First Domino5. The Time of the Americans6. Camelot and the Land of Oz7. The Charade of NeutralizationPart Three: Secret War in Laos: The Johnson Years8. CIA Operations at Long Chieng9. Widening of the "Secret War"10. Phou Pha Thi Falls, "the Alamo" Holds11. Hmong in the Skies12. Vang Pao Goes to WashingtonPart Four: The Nixon-Kissinger Years13. Men of Courage14. The U.S. Betrays the Hmong15. Lima Lima16. Kissinger and Guerilla Diplomacy17. Bouam Loung, SKY Border Base18. War Bloodies the Land of Oz19. The Siege of Long ChiengPart Five: "Peace" in Laos: The Communist Takeover20. The Last Americans21. Am Ominous Lull22. "Wipe Them Out!"Part Six: The Lao Gulag23. Exodus24. Chao Fa: Mystical Warriors25. Holocaust in the Hills26. The Giant Slays Sin Sai's SoldiersPart Seven: A New Military Age27. "A Conspiracy of Silence"28. "Yellow Rain" and World Councils29. Wronged by the MediaPart Eight: Wronged in War; Wronged in Peace30. Burial in Montana31. Abused and Abandoned32. RequiemAppendixNotesGlossaryInterviews and SourcesIndexIllustrationsshow more

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