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Laos: Caught in the Web - The Vietnam War Years Paperback – Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orchid Press Publishing Limited; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9745240605
  • ISBN-13: 978-9745240605
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,146,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The small nation of Laos was little known to most Westerners when the author and her husband, a USAID worker, moved to Laos in 1971. Befriended by two young Laotians, the author became a part of village life, joining holiday celebrations, weddings, funerals and feasts. Over a four year period, she developed a deep admiration and affection for the Lao people. The humour and pathos of these chaotic years before the Communist takeover of the government in 1975 are chronicled by following one Lao family in Communist controlled re-education camps, to their eventual resettlement in the United States.

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A fine, detailed account of a conflicted Laos in the 70s. 4 Mar. 2007
By Loren Ek - Published on Amazon.com
Judy Rantala's detailed memoir of being an American on a humanitarian mission in Laos during the early 70s gave me a solid understanding of the Lao people who, like the author, were "caught in the web" of conflicting powers such as the CIA, U.S. government bureaucracy, and the military and political influences of the SE Asian region. Her story is both wise and touching, an on-the-ground, with-the-people recounting of real Laotians and the human events that swept around them.

Loren Ekroth, Ph.D.
Wonderfuls story told through real life living.. 10 Jun. 2014
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Great book that taught, explained and clarified many questions that I had about this intriguing country! I recommend it to all Laotion's, family and friends.
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