Laos Readings

  • Contemporary Laos: Studies in the Politics & Society of the Lao People's Democratic Republic by Martin Stuart-Fox: A fine primer on the sociopolitical make-up of Laos.
  • Laos: Beyond the Revolution by Joseph Zasloff & Leonard Unger: Contemporary history text with some good insights into the country's modern identity.
  • The Ravens: Pilots of the Secret War of Laos by Christopher Robbins: Details US involvement in Laos during the Vietnam War.
  • Air America: The Story of the CIA's Secret Airlines by Christopher Robbins: Focuses on the infamous gun and drug-running activities of the CIA in Laos.
  • Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992 by Jane Hamilton-Merritt: Follows the Hmong's successive struggles against the Japanese, the Viet Minh, the Pathet Lao and the North Vietnamese.
  • The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred W McCoy: Covers the history, politics and economics of opium in Laos.

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