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Battle for Skyline Ridge : the CIA secret war in Laos / James E. Parker, Jr.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 959.7043 PAR (Text) 33500013160312 New Available -
Hallock Public Library 959.7043 PAR (Text) 35500006229882 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781612007052
  • ISBN: 1612007058
  • Physical Description: xvi, 200 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Havertown, PA : Casemate, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-198) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Origins -- Enter Vang Pao -- Spanner in the works -- Test of concept -- Air America -- Geneva Accords, 1962 -- The secret war takes form -- Relegated to the shadows -- LS 36 and LS 85 -- The mighty ravens -- 1968 -- About face -- 1970 -- The Royal Thai Army's 13th Infantry Regiment -- The Tahan Sua Pran -- Campaign 74B -- St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the Thai Irregulars to the rescue -- Back to the PDJ -- PDJ fight -- Phase I Skyline -- January 14, 1972 -- Phase II Skyline -- VP's end-around -- Hill 1800 -- Sam Thong and CC Pad Falls -- Final showdown at CC and CB -- So what happened -- Epilogue -- Appendix: the aircraft over Northern Laos.
Summary, etc.:
The first complete account of the secret battle of Skyline Ridge, 1972, when a ragtag Laos-Thai army supported by the CIA threw back a vast NVA army.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* As American military involvement in Vietnam was winding down, the conflict expanded in other parts of Southeast Asia. Parker illustrates how CIA supported the Royal Laotian army's efforts to defeat communist Pathet Lao guerrillas and organize the mountain-dwelling Hmong tribesmen under their leader, General Vang Pao, when the People's Army of Vietnam (North Vietnam's army or NVA) invaded Laos with a huge conventional force that included tanks and aircraft. Skyline Ridge was the make-or-break battlefield for both sides. Parker, call sign Mule, was an eyewitness to the events as a CIA officer who personally knew many of the larger-than-life participants on the defenders' side as they defeated the NVA invasion. This is his testament to the bravery and valor of his colleagues in the CIA and USAF, and among Air America pilots, Laotian and Hmong troops, and the irregular Thai volunteers who bolstered the anti-communist ranks. Parker has created an incredibly powerful account of a little-known chapter in the Vietnam War saga. Expertly written with a touch of the personal to remind readers that the author was a participant in these dramatic events, this is an excellent choice for readers interested in the wider Vietnam conflict, Cold War paramilitary history, and the CIA's role in it all. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* As American military involvement in Vietnam was winding down, the conflict expanded in other parts of Southeast Asia. Parker illustrates how CIA supported the Royal Laotian army's efforts to defeat communist Pathet Lao guerrillas and organize the mountain-dwelling Hmong tribesmen under their leader, General Vang Pao, when the People's Army of Vietnam (North Vietnam's army or NVA) invaded Laos with a huge conventional force that included tanks and aircraft. Skyline Ridge was the make-or-break battlefield for both sides. Parker, call sign Mule, was an eyewitness to the events as a CIA officer who personally knew many of the larger-than-life participants on the defenders' side as they defeated the NVA invasion. This is his testament to the bravery and valor of his colleagues in the CIA and USAF, and among Air America pilots, Laotian and Hmong troops, and the irregular Thai volunteers who bolstered the anti-communist ranks. Parker has created an incredibly powerful account of a little-known chapter in the Vietnam War saga. Expertly written with a touch of the personal to remind readers that the author was a participant in these dramatic events, this is an excellent choice for readers interested in the wider Vietnam conflict, Cold War paramilitary history, and the CIA's role in it all. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Campaigns > Laos.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Secret service > United States.
Laos > Politics and government.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Military campaigns.
Secret service.
Laos.
United States.

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