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Hotel Constellation: Notes from America's Secret War in Laos

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It’s 1970. War rages in Viet Nam, while intense, sometimes violent protests against it rage at home. Impelled to test his courage against that of his WWII hero father, college student David L. Haase arranges to study at the Buddhist University in Saigon. Detained on arrival and quickly deported from Viet-Nam, he searches for a way to get back in.

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Published January 25th 2018 by C. Lawrence Publishing
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Ned Leonard
"Hotel Constellation" is a deeply personal memoir intended by a sixty-something to convey how a naive less-than-twenty-something dealt with the confusion of an unintended immersion into the life of working journalists anchored in Vientiane, Laos, when his intended experience was to be that of an Oberlin College student studying in a Buddhist university in Saigon. David at first makes it into an academic pursuit of information about Laotian history and politics only to discover the ostensible "co ...more
Eric Legg
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imminently readable, honest, funny, and relatable, Hotel Constellation tells the author's story of his nearly two years in Laos - a place he inadvertently ended up after being denied entry to Vietnam to pursue his planned year long study at a Buddhist University there. On the surface, this appears to be a book about a part of the Vietnam war that we often hear little about. In reality, this is much more a memoir of one college student's experiences in Laos during the conflict. Not exactly, a com ...more
Lawrence P Stawicki
A different perspective on Laos

If you're interested in Laos and US involvement, this is an interesting viewpoint. I would recommend this book after reading some of the other historical works. An easy and entertaining read.
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Dennis Ogden
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An insightful diary of events in Laos during the 'secret war' from a young reporter. ...more
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