Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life under an Air War

Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life under an Air War

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Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life under an Air War by Fred Branfman

During the Vietnam War the United States government waged a massive, secret air war in neighboring Laos. Two million tons of bombs were dropped on one million people. Fred Branfman, an educational advisor living in Laos at the time, interviewed over 1,000 Laotian survivors. Shocked by what he heard and saw, he urged them to record their experiences in essays, poems, and pictures. Voices from the Plain of Jars was the result of that effort.
    When first published in 1972, this book was instrumental in exposing the bombing. In this expanded edition, Branfman follows the story forward in time, describing the hardships that Laotians faced after the war when they returned to find their farm fields littered with cluster munitions—explosives that continue to maim and kill today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299292249
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Series: New Perspectives in Se Asian Studies Series
Edition description: 2, Expanded
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 755,137
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Fred Branfman (1942–2014) was a writer and activist on issues of peace and climate change who lived in Santa Barbara, California, and in Budapest.

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