Item description for Laos: Caught in the Web----The Vietnam War Years by Judy Austin Rantala...
The humor and pathos of the 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. Mar 5, 2007
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.