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An Eye For The Dragon- Southeast Asia Observed: 1954-1970

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368 pages, Hardcover

First published June 1, 1970

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Dennis Bloodworth

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July 30, 2020
Despite the copyright and subtitle's designation of 1970, the text of this edition actually covers events which occurred in the mid-seventies, an interesting oversight which I've not encountered before. The period 1954-70 appears to represent the years Bloodworth resided in the area, serving as a journalist in the employ of the London Observer.

While treating events in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam from WWII until the 70s, there's a particular focus on the author's own travels and significant encounters, all in keeping with his overall intention of conveying to westerners the atmosphere(s) and attitude(s) of the East. Being a Britisher, his coverage of the American wars in the region is refreshingly distinctive. No communist-sympathizer, he regards the U.S.A. as among their most productive recruiters.

I was particularly moved, as might be expected, by Bloodworth's portrayal of the Vietnamese struggling for their independence--against the Americans, the French and, especially, the Chinese.
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February 16, 2016
If you are a young person in Southeast Asia you must read this. It gives you a totally different perspective than our school textbooks.
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