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Before The Quagmire: American Intervention In Laos 1954-1961

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In the decade preceding the first U.S. combat operations in Vietnam, the Eisenhower administration sought to defeat a communist-led insurgency in neighboring Laos. Although U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s focused primarily on threats posed by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the American engagement in Laos evolved from a small cold war skirmish into a ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 2012)
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Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is quite a good book to know what happened in Lao during that 7 years from the politics' perspectives. Readers won't feel bored when they read the smooth,logical description.

Dilemma, Betraying, Being misinterpreted by the wrongly selected people, Cold War Background,Cultural differences, Lack of communication all combined together, leading to the failure of US Indo-china policy (Lao and Vietnam ultimately fell into communism). Nowadays, President Obama is proposing "the strategy of returing
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Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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America's intervention in Laos (and Indochina in general) is a complete fiasco. The communists won exactly because of their meddling. You can see the exact formula, that there was so many bickering in it. The US Ambassador locked horns with CIA, the anti-communist Laotian bickering among themselves, I wonder could communists won if the anti-communists were more united, and without America's interference?
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