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Lost Over Laos: A True Story Of Tragedy, Mystery, And Friendship

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In 1971, as American forces hastened their withdrawal from Vietnam, a helicopter was hit by enemy fire over Laos and exploded in a fireball, killing four top combat photographers: Larry Burrows of Life magazine, Henri Huet of Associated Press, Kent Potter of United Press International, and Keisaburo Shimamoto of Newsweek. The remoteness of the crash site made a recovery at ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published February 28th 2003)
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Steve Woods
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vietnam-war
This is a very personal book. It provides insights into 3 of the more prominent journalists who covered the Vietnam War, including the famous Larry Burrows. They were shot down over Laos in 1971 ( remember the incident) while covering the ill fated ARVN invasion of Laos. Had the US forces carried out this invasion in late 1967 the whole course of the war would have been different. Unfortunately American sensibilities made this politically difficult if not impossible.

The book would probably have
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James
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Odd book, 40+ years years ago a chopper went down with some civilian journalists on it.
Book goes back & forth from 40 years ago,
to recent time looking for remains of chopper & passengers.

They found enough stuff so they can say they found the chopper,
but so what?

Best part of the book are the photos,
some good,
some not so good.

Forget about the text.
Tuck
Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good fast read. learn about vietnam combat photographers, some background of vietnaminization (sp?, don't you just pine for nixon and kissenger?!?) of war by bombing shit out of laos, the usa mia-pow recovery operations (still on-going and fairly successful, archeaos you know), and bonus learn a little about laos today.
Michael Dundon
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harrowing story of the courage of a lost art

Whilst this book speaks to the story of 'finding' the crash site, what it really describes is the courage, doggedness and craft of photographers of a bygone era.
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