BRANFMAN, FRED (EDITOR) WITH ESSAYS & DRAWINGS BY LAOTIAN VILLAGERS; MCCOY, ALFRED W. (FOREWORD).
Title Voices From The Plain Of Jars: Life Under An Air War.
Book Condition Softcover. Brand new book.
Edition Second Edition. New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies Series.
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Milwaukee and London: 2013.
Seller ID 78988X1
During the Vietnam War the United States government waged a massive, secret air war in neighboring Laos. Fred Branfman, an educational advisor living in Laos at the time, interviewed over 1,000 Laotian survivors. Shocked by what he heard and saw, he urged them to record their experiences in essays, poems, and pictures. Voices from the Plain of Jars was the result of that effort. When first published in 1972, this book was instrumental in exposing the bombing. In this expanded edition, Branfman follows the story forward in time, describing the hardships that Laotians faced after the war when they returned to find their farm fields littered with cluster munitions—explosives that continue to maim and kill today. Fred Branfman is a writer and activist on issues of peace and climate change who lives in Santa Barbara, California, and in Budapest. "A classic. . . . No American should be able to read [this book] without weeping at his country's arrogance." —Anthony Lewis, New York Times "Today, the significance of this book's message has, if anything, increased. As Fred Branfman predicted with uncommon prescience, the massive U.S. bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War marked the advent of a new kind of warfare—automated, aerial, and secret—that is just now emerging as the dominant means of projecting U.S. power worldwide."—Alfred W. McCoy, author of Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation
(Key Words: Asian Studies, Fred Branfman, Laos, Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy, Plain of Jars, Vietnam War).