War in Shangri-La: A Memoir of Civil War in Laos

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The Radcliffe Press, 2001年9月8日 - 243 頁
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Sandwiched between US-supported Thailand and Communist North Vietnam, the tranquil Buddhist Kingdom of Laos--the original Shangri-La--became the center of a major Cold War crisis in the early sixties, when Mervyn Brown served there as deputy to the British Ambassador. He has written a fascinating and highly readable account of his often hazardous experiences, which included the battle of Vientiane passing through his garden and a grueling month as prisoner of left-wing Pathet Lao guerrillas in remote mountainous jungle inhabited by Stone Age aboriginal people. His story is set against a detailed account of the developing political and military crisis. It reveals the tensions that developed in the US between the newly elected President Kennedy, his Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and their advisors in the State Department, the CIA, and the Pentagon while a regional policy was formulated in the face of the perceived communist threat.
 

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Life Before Laos
1
A Short History Lesson
10
Last Days of Peace
29
The Little Captain and the Invisible King
42
The Battle of Vientiane
56
World Crisis
73
The Plain of Jars
87
Stalemate in Vientiane
106
An Involuntary Tour of the South
123
Success at Last
161
Things Fall Apart
182
Dream Turns to Nightmare
199
Ends and Means
226
Index
237
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Mervyn Brown joined the Foreign Service in 1949. Following posts as Ambassador and High Commissioner in a number of African countries, he was knighted in 1981.

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