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

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

by Jane Hamilton-Merritt
 

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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

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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 to a campaign of genocide by the North Vietnamese, including the use of chemical weapons. Tragic Mountains moves from the big picture of international diplomacy and power politics to the small villages and heroic engagements in the Lao jungle. It is a story of courage, brutality, heroism, betrayal, resilience, and hope.

Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
"... compelling... an absorbing book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the ‘secret’ war in Laos and in the Hmong." —C. Dennison Lane, The Wall Street Journal

— C. Dennison Lane

San Francisco Chronicle

"... a terrible, heartrending story of the savage and relentless Communist retributions against the Hmong for siding with the United States... compassionate, richly detailed..." —San Francisco Chronicle

Journal of American History

"... absolutely gripping, haunting, compelling..." —Journal of American History

The Wall Street Journal - C. Dennison Lane

"... compelling... an absorbing book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the ‘secret’ war in Laos and in the Hmong." —C. Dennison Lane, The Wall Street Journal

From the Publisher
"In this bitter, tragic and disturbing saga, Asian scholar/journalist/photographer Hamilton-Merritt documents the horrible suffering endured by the Hmong since they were abandoned by the U.S. in 1975.... Hamilton-Merritt’s impressive study, one hopes, will lead to the belated U.S. recognition of responsibility for the plight of the Hmong." —Publishers Weekly

"... absolutely gripping, haunting, compelling..." —Journal of American History

"... a terrible, heartrending story of the savage and relentless Communist retributions against the Hmong for siding with the United States... compassionate, richly detailed..." —San Francisco Chronicle

"... compelling... an absorbing book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the ‘secret’ war in Laos and in the Hmong." —C. Dennison Lane, The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253207562
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
937,926
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Hamilton-Merritt was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for her coverage of the Vietnam War, and in 1998 for the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her long-standing efforts on behalf of the Hmong. Tragic Mountains is her account of the historic struggle of the Hmong and of their betrayal by the United States.

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