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Make For The Hills: The Autobiography of the world's leading Counter Insurgency Expert
     

Make For The Hills: The Autobiography of the world's leading Counter Insurgency Expert

by Sir Robert Thompson KBE CMG DSO MC
 

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When Robert Thompson left Cambridge to join the Malayan Civil Service in 1938 the sun still shone on the British Empire for 24 hours a day. The outbreak of war in the Pacific found him in Hong Kong from which he was obliged to make a hurried and dramatic exit. From that point most of his working life was spent in military and political circles as one of the world's

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When Robert Thompson left Cambridge to join the Malayan Civil Service in 1938 the sun still shone on the British Empire for 24 hours a day. The outbreak of war in the Pacific found him in Hong Kong from which he was obliged to make a hurried and dramatic exit. From that point most of his working life was spent in military and political circles as one of the world's leading experts on counterinsurgency measures, on which subject he has written a number of highly regarded works. Now, with wit and modesty, he tells the story of his own eventful life, After the war, during which he served in both operations in Burma, he returned to Malaya and it was there, during the Emergency, that he gained the experience in anti-terrorist operations which was eventually to lead him, as special adviser, to Vietnam and on to Washington. En route he was privileged to meet many of the most influential and controversial figures of his time from Wingate and Templer to Kennedy, Nixon and Kissinger. His comments on these and many others, are candid and revealing. Make for the Hills is both a fascinating autobiography and an important addition to the history of the post-war world, especially that of South-East Asia.

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ISBN-13:
9781473816114
Publisher:
Pen and Sword
Publication date:
06/01/1989
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Thompson was born in April, 1916, son of the late Canon W.G.Thompson. He was educated at Marlborough and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1938 and served with the Royal Air Force throughout the Second World War and was awarded the DSO and the MC. From 1959 to 1961 he was Permanent Secretary for Defence, Malaya, and from 1961 to 1965 Head of the British Advisory Mission to Vietnam. He subsequently became an author and consultant to Governments He is married, with two children and two grandchildren, and lives in Exmoor

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