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Perilous Missions : CIVIL Air Transport and CIA Covert Operations in Asia

Leary, William M.

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ISBN 10: 081730164X / ISBN 13: 9780817301644
Published by University Of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Al, U. S. A., 1984
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Perilous Missions : CIVIL Air Transport and ...

Publisher: University Of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Al, U. S. A.

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Civil Air Transport (CAT), founded in China after World War II by Claire Chennault and Whiting Willauer, was initially a commercial carrier specializing in air freight. Its role quickly changed as CAT became first a paramilitary adjunct of the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, then the CIA's secret "air force" in Korea, then "the most shot-at airline in the world" in French Indochina, and eventually becoming reorganized as Air America at the height of the Vietnam War. William M. Leary's detailed operational history of CAT sets the story in the perspective of Asian and Cold War geopolitics and shows how CAT allowed the CIA to operate with a level of flexibility and secrecy that it would not have attained through normal military or commercial air transportation.

About the Author:

William M. Leary is E. Merton Coulter Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia and author/editor of 14 books, including Under Ice: Waldo Lyon and the Development of the Arctic Submarine and Project Coldfeet: Secret Mission to a Soviet Ice Station.

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