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The Cambodian Wars: Clashing Armies and CIA Covert Operations (Modern War… (original 2013; edição 2013)

por Kenneth Conboy (Autor)

Séries: Modern War Studies (2013)

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For most Americans, Cambodia was a sideshow to the war in Vietnam, but by the time of the Vietnam invasion of Democratic Kampuchea in 1978 and the subsequent war, it had finally moved to center stage. Kenneth Conboy chronicles the violence that plagued Cambodia from World War II until the end of the twentieth century and peels back the layers of secrecy that surrounded the CIA's covert assistance to anticommunist forces in Cambodia during that span. Conboy's path-breaking study provides the first complete assessment of CIA ops in two key periods--during the Khmer Republic's existence (1970-1975), in support of American military action in Vietnam, and during the Reagan and first Bush presidencies (1981-1991), when the CIA challenged Soviet expansion by supporting exiled royalists, Republicans, and even former Communists trying to expel the Vietnamese from their country. Through interviews with dozens of CIA Cambodia veterans--as well as special forces officers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia--he sheds new light on the contributions made by foreign intelligence services. Through information gleaned from the U.S. Defense Attache's Office in Phnom Penh, he offers a detailed look at the development of the Khmer Rouge military structure, while his use of Vietnamese-language histories released by the People's Army of Vietnam helps more fully illuminate the PAVN's participation in the Cambodian wars. More than a simple exposé of CIA activities, however, The Cambodian Wars is also an authoritative history of that country's struggles over half a century. Conboy examines Cambodia as kingdom, colony, republic, revolutionary state, and Vietnamese satellite, and offers fresh insight into the actions of key players--Norodom Sihanouk, Lon Nol, Sisowath Sirik Matak, Son Ngoc Thanh, and others--that will enlighten even those who think they know that country's history. Three decades in the making, The Cambodian Wars tells a little known chapter in the Cold War in which non-communists pulled off a surprising victory. Featuring dozens of photos covering events from 1970 to the trial of Pol Pot in 1997, it is must reading for anyone interested in contemporary Southeast Asian history, CIA covert operations, and the Vietnam War.… (mais)
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Título:The Cambodian Wars: Clashing Armies and CIA Covert Operations (Modern War Studies (Hardcover))
Autores:Kenneth Conboy (Autor)
Informação:University Press of Kansas (2013), Edition: Illustrated, 464 pages
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In this survey of CIA activities in Cambodia, from being mostly hands-off observers during the Second Indo-China War to the activist period of the Reagan/Bush years, one will gain a finely grained examination of the secret armies that flourished at the expense of the Cambodian people. At the very least it makes me want to peruse Conboy's other studies of the CIA's secret wars. Two, it reignited my wonder at how a man such as Prince Sihanouk could remain so essential to so many power brokers after so much misrule. That I don't rate this book a bit higher is due to how the general reader is likely to bog down in the minutia of resistance politics in the aftermath of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. Still, the portions dealing with the intrigue that poisoned politics in Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge conquest, the trials of CIA personnel in Cambodia prior to the fall, and the Vietnamese military effort are especially enlightening. ( )
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For most Americans, Cambodia was a sideshow to the war in Vietnam, but by the time of the Vietnam invasion of Democratic Kampuchea in 1978 and the subsequent war, it had finally moved to center stage. Kenneth Conboy chronicles the violence that plagued Cambodia from World War II until the end of the twentieth century and peels back the layers of secrecy that surrounded the CIA's covert assistance to anticommunist forces in Cambodia during that span. Conboy's path-breaking study provides the first complete assessment of CIA ops in two key periods--during the Khmer Republic's existence (1970-1975), in support of American military action in Vietnam, and during the Reagan and first Bush presidencies (1981-1991), when the CIA challenged Soviet expansion by supporting exiled royalists, Republicans, and even former Communists trying to expel the Vietnamese from their country. Through interviews with dozens of CIA Cambodia veterans--as well as special forces officers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia--he sheds new light on the contributions made by foreign intelligence services. Through information gleaned from the U.S. Defense Attache's Office in Phnom Penh, he offers a detailed look at the development of the Khmer Rouge military structure, while his use of Vietnamese-language histories released by the People's Army of Vietnam helps more fully illuminate the PAVN's participation in the Cambodian wars. More than a simple exposé of CIA activities, however, The Cambodian Wars is also an authoritative history of that country's struggles over half a century. Conboy examines Cambodia as kingdom, colony, republic, revolutionary state, and Vietnamese satellite, and offers fresh insight into the actions of key players--Norodom Sihanouk, Lon Nol, Sisowath Sirik Matak, Son Ngoc Thanh, and others--that will enlighten even those who think they know that country's history. Three decades in the making, The Cambodian Wars tells a little known chapter in the Cold War in which non-communists pulled off a surprising victory. Featuring dozens of photos covering events from 1970 to the trial of Pol Pot in 1997, it is must reading for anyone interested in contemporary Southeast Asian history, CIA covert operations, and the Vietnam War.

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