A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua Kurlantzick

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua Kurlantzick

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

A Great Place to Have a War is a history of the lesser-known south-east Asian conflict which took place in Laos, during roughly the same period that the Vietnam War was going on (give or take). While post-world war 2 history really isn’t my greatest area of knowledge, I was actually quite surprised at how little I really knew about this war which went on in the background. I had not heard of the author before, but further research shows him to be a fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, a US thinktank. The book is well-researched, and it really shines through in the quality and authority of his writing.

I learned a lot about the history of the conflict itself, and the characters on both sides of the war. This war which has been hidden in the shadows, and the author has given the people involved a chance to have their deeds, or misdeeds aired in the light of day. As with most of the little wars that occurred during the Cold War period, there is a lot of political manoeuvring which occurs in the background,

The book is a gripping and engaging read that doesn’t allow itself to get bogged down. (unlike America in the Vietnam War?)

4 stars

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