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The Ravens: The Men Who Flew in America's Secret War in Laos

Robbins, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 0517566125 / ISBN 13: 9780517566121
Published by Crown 1st printing, NY, 1987
Hardcover
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xii, 420 p., photos, maps on endpapers, glossary, biblio, index, 8vo; VG/VG dust jacket, 3 small stamped Chinese symbols on front endpaper/pastedown, light rubbing to covers/dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 60163

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Title: The Ravens: The Men Who Flew in America's ...

Publisher: Crown 1st printing, NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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