Shooting At The Moon: The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos

Shooting At The Moon The Story of America s Clandestine War in Laos THE CIA IN ITS GLORY DAYS and the mad confidence that led to disaster in Vietnam are the subjects of Roger Warner s prizewinning history Shooting at the Moon The CIA s War in Laos first published as

  • Title: Shooting At The Moon: The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos
  • Author: Roger Warner
  • ISBN: 9781883642365
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE CIA IN ITS GLORY DAYS and the mad confidence that led to disaster in Vietnam are the subjects of Roger Warner s prizewinning history, Shooting at the Moon The CIA s War in Laos first published as Back Fire, Simon Schuster, 1995 For a few years in the early 1960s the CIA seemed to be running a perfect covert war in Laos quiet, inexpensive, just enough arms tTHE CIA IN ITS GLORY DAYS and the mad confidence that led to disaster in Vietnam are the subjects of Roger Warner s prizewinning history, Shooting at the Moon The CIA s War in Laos first published as Back Fire, Simon Schuster, 1995 For a few years in the early 1960s the CIA seemed to be running a perfect covert war in Laos quiet, inexpensive, just enough arms to help Meo tribesmen defend their home territory from the Communist Pathet Lao Then the big American war next door in Vietnam spilled across the border How the perfect covert war ballooned into sorrow and disaster is the story Roger Warner tell in Shooting at the Moon, awarded the Cornelius Ryan Award for 1995 s Best Book on Foreign Affairs by the Overseas Press Club.Warner describes his characters with a novelist s touch soldiers and diplomats busy with war making CIA field officers from bareknuckle warriors to the quiet men pulling strings in the shadows and above all the Meo as they realized they had been led down the garden path.This is a book about war, about secrecy, and its illusions, about the cruel sacrifice of small countries for the convenience of large ones Nothing better has been written about the CIA in the years when it thought a handful of Americans in sunglasses could do anything with planeloads of arms and money to burn.

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    1. This is a book that is both revelation and yet the smallest window onto covert wars the US has funded and fought. The main subject of this book is CIA-funded military buildup in Laos. The author has researched a topic little discussed given its funding and personnel. Unintentional,outcomes make even the strongest anti-war writers and Asia hands forgive some of what happened, not being able to place blame firmly anywhere. But the book is a testament to some bad ideas being over-funded, to sorely [...]


    2. I read this book because I was writing an article about the Lao Mien gardeners in my neighborhood and community garden. I wanted to get some background about their lives and what they went through during the "secret" war in Laos. However, this book focuses almost entirely on the American perspective, choosing to tell the stories of individual Americans working for the CIA or other government agencies. There is some focus on Vang Pao, the general who led the Hmong forces, but all in all a very mi [...]


    3. This book, about the men who made the Laos war on the American side, is impressive both for its writing and for its research. I did take issue with its paradise lost-like tone, however, in which the American presence was well-meaning and worthwhile until it morphed into something else through the escalation of the war in Vietnam. I think it is probably more accurate to argue that our role in southeast Asia was, at best, mistaken from the get-go.Here's what is close to a thesis statement:"The war [...]


    4. Shooting at the Moon is an amazing book about the long, secret, topsy-turny war in Laos. While Vietnam was a meatgrinder, feeding a whole generation into the blind rationality of 'search and destroy', Laos was the spook's war, a struggle by a handful of CIA idealists in a forgotten nation. At first it was just Bill Lair, using his Thai PARU special forces to train up a Montagnard army under Meo General Vang Pao, successfully out-guerrillaing the North Vietnamese Army. But as the Ho Chi Minh trai [...]


    5. When I started this book, I didn't expect to finish it. While it’s hardly a gripping book, it turned out to be sufficiently interesting that I saw it through. Roughly the first half of the book concerns the colorful Americans (CIA) working covertly in Laos with colorful Laotian characters—especially the Hmong leader Vang Pao—to produce a civil war in service to our larger anti-communist efforts. The second half of the book chronicles how the US military got involved, Washington politics go [...]


    6. This book was part of my initial search for the stories of my past. There weren't many books at my local library that dealt with Laos and its involvement with the Veitnam conflict. I'd seen a synopsis of this in a catalogue and requested it. And because I had to return it (and most likely it was late) I never got around to finishing it. I probably had a chapter more to go. But it was mostly read.And this book at the time gave me such a rich imagining for the land I barely remember. Warner descri [...]


    7. Wow! Reading Warner, one can readily grasp why people often turn to accounts written by journalists rather than historians. Not only is this a fantastic story, told well, of American intervention in Laos, but Warner has amassed his facts around a handful of personalities intimately connected to the war in Laos. In so doing, he gives the war a personal face. He also interjects a good deal of philosophical/moral thinking into his narrative -- judgement, thankfully, he leaves to the reader.


    8. I recommended this on talesmag as the best book for a Laos newbie to read to get to know about the country. It is a history of the so-called "Secret War" and also a fun read. But the story of the war is not pretty and the US does not come off looking good.


    9. we (USA) don't seem to learn from the history of unsuccessfully trying to change other countries' governments. Good overall, but the style of individual stories got a little tired by the end.


    10. This is a very important book -- opens your eyes about what was going on. I haven't seen much of this material anywhere else.


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