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Tragedy in Paradise: A Country Doctor at War in Laos
This is the story of a country doctor from Louisiana involved in the war in Indochina. It is an anecdotal description of some of the events that occurred during the eleven years from June 1963 to July 1974 when the author, Dr. Charles Weldon, lived and worked in the Kingdom of Laos. It is a collection which is tied together by brief narrative sketches of his family and the...more
Published October 1st 1999 by Asia Books
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It's taken me absolutely ages to get into this book but once I started in earnest I couldn't put it down. The Vietnamese war spilled over into Laos and affected the lives of the ordinary villagers; the people that we hear so little about cos they don't really count. The book is written entirely from the perspective of one American doctor who was trying to move a mountain with a teaspoon in terms of providing reliable healthcare; officially for the Laos population, unofficially for US servicemen...more
Got this for free at the Kyoto English-language used bookstore. You know that volunteerism is one of my guilty pleasures so here I am reading it. It's good too! Learning about the multilingual and multicultural past, present, and future of Laos is really interesting to me!