By William J. Rust
In the last decade previous the 1st U.S. strive against operations in Vietnam, the Eisenhower management sought to defeat a communist-led insurgency in neighboring Laos. even supposing U.S. overseas coverage within the Fifties centred totally on threats posed through the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the yankee engagement in Laos developed from a small chilly battle skirmish right into a superpower disagreement close to the tip of President Eisenhower's moment time period. finally, the yank adventure in Laos foreshadowed a number of the blunders made by means of the U.S. in Vietnam within the 1960s.
In prior to the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954--1961, William J. Rust delves into key coverage judgements made in Washington and their implementation in Laos, which grew to become first steps at the route to the broader warfare in Southeast Asia. Drawing on formerly untapped archival assets, sooner than the Quagmire files how useless and infrequently self-defeating information to Laotian anticommunist elites mirrored primary misunderstandings concerning the country's politics, historical past, and tradition. the yank aim of stopping a communist takeover in Laos used to be extra hindered by means of divisions between Western allies and U.S. officers themselves, who at one element supplied reduction to either the Royal Lao govt and to a Laotian common who plotted to overthrow it. earlier than the Quagmire is a bright research of a serious interval of chilly struggle heritage, filling a spot in our realizing of U.S. coverage towards Southeast Asia and America's access into the Vietnam War.
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