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Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Nobel-nominated scholar and photojournalist, has followed the plight of the Hmong and the war in Indochina since the 1960s. The staunchest of allies, the Hmong sided with the Americans against the North Vietnamese and were foot soldiers in the brutal secret war for Laos. Since the war, abandoned by their American allies, the Hmong have been subjected ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1993)
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Feb 13, 2010 Mos added it
This book is very personal to me since it is the story of my parents and grandparents. To some, it may seem like just a tragedy or something that happened long ago. But in my parents' house, it's a story that's still told with a lot of sorrow and heartache. The book covers a lot of information about the Vietnam War that most people aren't aware of. Some part can be brutal.
Important information about an aspect of the so called Vietnam War that most Americans know nothing about. The author spent time as a journalist during in the war, and witnessed many events she describes. She also played a role in getting recognition - or at least, attempting, for some of the people who were involved in the "secret war" in Laos. This explains why the tone of her narrative comes across as shrill, given that she was writing for a purpose and amidst an ongoing crisis. So this doesn ...more
How could I express my tells the facts of why Hmong people are here in USA, how so many of us are here, whether we wanted to or not.
I didn't finish this book. I think it was because it's summer that I'm just not in the mood for nonfiction. Particularly on a subject which I at least know something about already, and seemed a bit not seeing the forest for the trees. Fascinating information on the role of the Hmong in Laos, though. The author of Hmong! The CIA's Secret Army seems to have used information verbatim from this book.
Highly recommend to anyone interested in the truth of the ruin of Laos and its people.
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