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Back Fire: The CIA's Secret War in Laos and Its Link to the War in Vietnam

Warner, Roger

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ISBN 10: 0684802929 / ISBN 13: 9780684802923
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed, "To 'Magnet Ass' and China Post 1 with best regards" and signed by the author. "Magnet Ass'" was the nickname of former Raven, Fred P____, earned by virtue of his having been shot down a reported ten or eleven times. (The Ravens were an elite group of FACs who operated in Laos during the Vietnam War). Below the author's signature, the book is inscribed and signed by Bill Lair (a CIA operative in Laos). Below that is the signature of General Harry "Heinie" Aderholt. The bottom of that same page is signed by a man identified as a Major General, but I cannot make out the signature. First printing of first edition. Near Fine in a Fine dust jacket. Minor evidence of handling, no notable flaws. 416 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 41678

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Title: Back Fire: The CIA's Secret War in Laos and ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Reveals guerrilla raids, warring princes, and a CIA operative who raised an army in a series of events that led to the Vietnam War

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Warner, coauthor with Haing Ngor of Haing Ngor: A Cambodian Odyssey (LJ 2/1/88) and a writer for Life, Smithsonian, and other magazines, has written an extraordinary account of the war in Laos from 1960 to 1973. He introduces a colorful cast of characters, including the CIA operative from Texas who married a Thai and became an officer in the Thai police and the Hmong officer who led his people in a long and costly struggle against the Communists only to find himself resettled in Montana after the war. Warner writes of a nation that became a pawn of the great powers, a piece that could be sacrificed to draw Communist pressure off South Vietnam and act as a shield for Thailand. Early American involvement in Laos, directed toward nation-building and military advice, was replaced by an effort to Americanize the war in a way unsuited to the circumstances and doomed to failure. Given that literature on Laos is so scant, and with Warner's excellent perspective, this work is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
Robert Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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