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Flying through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions over Laos during the Vietnam War
John T. Halliday
0743274881
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
When John Halliday arrived at Thailand's Nakhon Phanom Air Base in 1970, he thought the next year would bore him out of his skull. He believed his mission in the Vietnam War would be to fly cargo around Thailand. What could be easier? A couple of nights later, Halliday found himself dodging dozens of anti-aircraft shells in an aging cargo plane over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Flying Through Midnight is his riveting account of his top-secret black-ops assignment--one of the most dangerous of the war.

Halliday flew slow propeller-driven relics at night deep into guerrilla territory in the "unofficial" war in Laos. His task with the 606th Special Operations Squadron was to help pinpoint guerrilla truck convoys for U.S. planes to bomb. Meanwhile, President Richard Nixon denied U.S. forces were fighting in Laos. Halliday wasn't...



A History of Laos
Martin Stuart-Fox
0521597463
Sept 1997
Paperback
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Review
'Stuart-Fox's A History of Laos is, without much doubt, the definitive historical text on the country. There are other texts, but none is as comprehensive, as detailed, as knowledgeable, or as well written as Stuart-Fox's contribution.' Asian Studies Association of Australia

Review
"A more developed nationalistic historiography will provide ideological support for an inclusive national identity. Stuart-Fox's book is a significant step in that direction for the most poorly developed national historiography in Southeast Asia. Choice

"...a significant contribution to our understanding of the tumultuous history of modern Laos." Steven H. Lee, International Journal

"This brief and readable book belongs on the shelf of anyone concerned with modern Laos." David K. Wyatt, Journal of...



Tao Te Ching: A New Translation
Lao Tzu
1590300114
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lao Tzu's classic Chinese text from the sixth century BCE has much to teach us today. Lao Tzu meditates on breath, enjoining the reader to practice breathing like a baby; reflects on hsu, or emptiness; juxtaposes heaven and earth; and soberly reminds readers of their mortality. People should "cling to no treasures," but rather devote themselves to a pure disinterestedness, becoming most truly themselves when they achieve selflessness. Hamill has rendered the Tao Te Ching afresh; his translation from the Chinese is achingly poetic. To wit, this lovely meditation: "It's best to be like water, nurturing the ten thousand things without competing, flowing into places people scorn." And yet Hamill does not seek to drain the text of its mystery. The Tao-literally, "the way"-resists being nailed down or put in a box and...


Postwar Laos
Vatthana Pholsena
0801445035
May 2006
Hardcover
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The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism
James Geary
1582344302
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It's not a stretch to say Geary is obsessed with aphorisms. Ever since discovering the literary form in the "Quotable Quotes" section of Reader's Digest when he was a child, he has been compiling them. Given his level of passion, it's fitting that he has penned what is probably the definitive work on aphorisms, a love letter– cum–memoir disguised as a reference book. It also explains why he occasionally gets so carried away that he describes Nietzsche as "the Evil [sic] Knievel of nineteenth-century philosophy" and Frenchman Joseph Joubert as "the great apostle of the aphorism." But Geary, deputy editor of the European edition of Time magazine, is also a veteran newsman, and for the most part he tones down the hype. He provides a useful definition—an aphorism is brief, definitive, personal,...


Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom
Taro Gold
0740714465
April 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Brief nuggets of Eastern wisdom from 20-something model and writer Taro Gold are available in the tiny, well-designed Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom. Most of the book's thoughts on happiness are Gold's own, interspersed with quotations from Nichiren, Confucius, Lao Tzu and Soka Gakkai leader Josei Toda. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Arun Gandhi, Founder Gandhi Center for Nonviolence and Grandson of Mahatma Gandi
"This book will enlighten and ennoble the reader."

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Postwar Laos
Vatthana Pholsena
0801473209
May 2006
Paperback
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Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths
Mardy Grothe
0060536993
March 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Coining the titular word to describe quotations that contain seemingly self-contradictory elements, psychologist and amateur wordsmith Grothe (Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You) gathers hundreds of examples—ancient, modern and everything in between—of such sayings. From Confucius’s "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s own ignorance" to Yogi Berra’s "Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded" to Adrienne Rich’s "Marriage is lonelier than solitude," these bon mots offer pithy insights and sometimes clever advice. Grothe’s 14 chapters group the quotations by theme; in "Sex, Love, and Romance," for example, Louise Colet advises readers to "Doubt the man who swears to his devotion," while in "Oxymoronic Insults (and a Few Compliments)," Henry James...


A Short History of Laos
Grant Evans
1864489979
May 2003
Paperback
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Bill Bryson, author of In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods
"I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner—and much needed."

Book Description
This comprehensive and vivid history of Laos is an ideal introduction for tourists, business travelers, and students. Informative and portable, it chronicles the history of Laos from ancient times, when the dynastic states of the region waxed and waned, to the turmoil of the Vietnam War and independence from France. This guide investigates these key events under a new light and presents serious challenges to the conventional views about Laos's intriguing history.

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Dear Mom: A Sniper's Vietnam
Joseph T. Ward
0804108536
August 1991
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
The letters Joseph War, one of the elite Marine Scout Snipers, wrote home reveal a side of the Vietnam war seldom seen. Whether under nigthly mortar attack in An Hoa, with a Marine company in the bullet-scarred jungle, on secret missions to Laos, or on dangerous two-man hunter-kills, Ward lived the war in a way few men did. And he fought the enemy as few men did--up close and personal.
A Dual Main Selection of the Military Book Club

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The letters Joseph War, one of the elite Marine Scout Snipers, wrote home reveal a side of the Vietnam war seldom seen. Whether under nigthly mortar attack in An Hoa, with a Marine company in the bullet-scarred jungle, on secret missions to Laos, or on dangerous two-man hunter-kills, Ward lived the war in a way few men did....


God of the DAO
Livia Kohn
0892641282
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Lord Lao, first known as the philosopher Laozi, the purported author of the Daode jing, later became an immortal, a messiah, and high god of Daoism. Laozi, divinized during the Han dynasty and in early Daoist movements, reached his highest level of veneration under the Tang when the rulers honored him as a royal ancestor. In subsequent eras he remained prominent and is still a major deity in China today.


God of the DAO
Livia Kohn
0892641339
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Lord Lao, first known as the philosopher Laozi, the purported author of the Daode jing, later became an immortal, a messiah, and high god of Daoism. Laozi, divinized during the Han dynasty and in early Daoist movements, reached his highest level of veneration under the Tang when the rulers honored him as a royal ancestor. In subsequent eras he remained prominent and is still a major deity in China today.


Leader's Companion: Insights on Leadership through the Ages
J. Thomas Wren (Editor)
0028740912
January 1995
Textbook Paperback
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From Booklist
Management theories come and go, but the traits and qualities that define good leadership are timeless. Books on leadership often look to the past for their models. Here Wren, a teacher at the University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies, has compiled a collection of 64 readings from over 2,000 years of writing on leaders and leadership. His "contributors" range from the classic (Plato, Aristotle, and Machiavelli) to the contemporary (John Kotter and Warren Bennis), from historical figures (Gandhi and W. E. B. DuBois) to observers of history (Thomas Carlyle and Leo Tolstoy), and from the academic to the practitioner and the popular. Wren's selections are grouped into 14 different categories (what defines leadership, historical views, modern views, the leadership environment, leading the individual, leading...


Breaking New Ground in Lao History
Mayoury Ngaosrivathana
9747551934
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The essays in this volume form a rich collage of the central Mekong basin spanning nearly 1,400 years of history. Gathered from an international group of scholars, each with a unique approach to the region, this research draws upon materials in more than a dozen languages scattered in archives around the world. Topics include basic structural problems in writing Lao history; political geography from the 600s to 800s; separate discussions of Lao, Vietnamese, and Western sources of early Lao history; the Lao-Tay-son alliance in the late eighteenth century; Lao millenarian movements and French colonial rule; and the geographical history of changing territorial boundaries of modern Laos. This collection breaks new ground, and is certain to stimulate new questions, ideas, and research. It is an invaluable new resource in...


A Path and a Practice: Using Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life
Lao Tzu
1569243905
January 2005
Paperback
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Oprah Winfrey
"I give all my friends with children The Parent’s Tao Te Ching—a reminder of what matters when raising little ones."

Book Description
The Tao Te Ching-one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history-has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu's work as a practical guide to living an awakened life. Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders) have introduced or reacquainted this classic text to thousands of readers, strikingly translates the Tao's eighty-one chapters to uniquely address someone on a Tao-or path-with a practice. Martin frames his new translation with two illuminating, groundbreaking sections:...


Lao Hill Tribes
Stephen Mansfield
9835600619
Nov 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Despite their highly distinctive cultures and ethnic diversity, very little is known about Laos's hill tribes. In this book, Stephen Mansfield offers an in-depth examination of these little-studied tribes and their fragile micro-cultures.


Laos
Helen Cordell
1851090754
January 1992
Library Binding
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History of Laos
Martin Stuart-Fox
0521592356
September 1997
Hardcover
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Review
'Stuart-Fox's A History of Laos is, without much doubt, the definitive historical text on the country. There are other texts, but none is as comprehensive, as detailed, as knowledgeable, or as well written as Stuart-Fox's contribution.' Asian Studies Association of Australia

Review
"A more developed nationalistic historiography will provide ideological support for an inclusive national identity. Stuart-Fox's book is a significant step in that direction for the most poorly developed national historiography in Southeast Asia. Choice

"...a significant contribution to our understanding of the tumultuous history of modern Laos." Steven H. Lee, International Journal

"This brief and readable book belongs on the shelf of anyone concerned with modern Laos." David K. Wyatt, Journal of...


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