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THE RAVENS

Christopher Robbins

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ISBN 10: 096463600X / ISBN 13: 9780964636002
Published by Crown Publishers, US, 1987
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. First Printing. Book club edition. Pages are clean, no markings from previous owners. Boards are clean. Binding is tight. Faint wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Dust jacket is clean, bright, and unmarked with slight edgewear. Dust jacket is in protective mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 88202

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Title: THE RAVENS

Publisher: Crown Publishers, US

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st

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Reviews: Tom Clancy, "A book of outstanding integrity. Here are the heroes no one ever told you about. Walter J. Boyne, author of The Wild Blue, "An absolutely riveting, authentic story that has never been told before. This is a brilliant depiction of weary, incredibly brave pilots flying at the sharp edges of combat."

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The Ravens were American forward air-controllers who directed strikes from vulnerable, low-flying spotter planes, mainly in support of a Meo general named Vang Pao in Laos. "Advised" by the CIA, this fierce warlord fought to keep the North Vietnamese out of the strategic Plain of Jars. Robbins (Air America) conveys the unique flavor of Raven-style combat and also explains how the diplomatic-military dynamics of the clandestine war in Laos fit into the overall American effort in Southeast Asia. The cast of characters is memorable: a swaggering, rowdy bunch of mavericks whom their parent service (the U.S. Air Force) had great difficulty controlling, they seemed to get by on sheer cussedness. According to the author, they suffered the highest casualty rate of the Indochinese War. Robbins describes the poignant plight of displaced Meo/Hmong tribespeople who have settled uneasily in the United Statesincluding General Paoand their ongoing struggle to "propitiate the alien spirits of America." Photos.
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