The secret army : Chiang Kai-shek and the drug warlords of the golden triangle / Richard M. Gibson with Wenhua Chen.  (Text) (Text)

Gibson, Richard M
Chen, Wenhua
Call no.: DS774 .G537 2011Publication: Singapore : Wiley, 2011Description: xviii, 338 p. : ill., mapsISBN: 9780470830185; 0470830182Subject(s): Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975Narcotics -- ChinaChina -- History -- 20th centuryGolden Triangle (Southeast Asia)LOC classification: DS774 | .G537 2011
Contents:Introduction : two young Chinese soldiers -- Retreat from Yunnan -- Sorting things out in Tachilek -- Lieutenant General Li Mi -- Li Mi and his American friends -- Li Mi's Yunnan Anticommunist National Salvation Army -- Attacking Yunnan -- Washington opts out -- Li Mi's army settles into Burma -- Washington cuts its losses -- Southern strategy and Karen allies -- The road to the United Nations -- The United Nations vs. KMT duplicity -- First evacuation from Burma -- Liu Yuan-lin's Yunnan Anticommunist volunteer army -- A resurgent KMT -- Operation Mekong : Sino-Burmese forces rout the KMT -- Air battle over Burma and American weapons -- The second KMT evacuation -- Removing KMT remnants from Laos -- Nationalist Chinese armies in Thailand -- Thailand's troublesome guests -- Intelligence Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense -- Resettlement in Thailand -- Soldiering on for Thailand -- Postscript.
Summary: "Based on recently declassified government documents, this book reveals the shocking true story of what happened after the Chinese Nationalists lost the revolution. Supported by Taiwan, the CIA, and the Thai government, the Koumintang reinvented itself as an anti-communist mercenary army fighting into the 1980s, before eventually becoming the drug lords who would make the Golden Triangle a household name."--Publisher's website.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-328) and index.

Introduction : two young Chinese soldiers -- Retreat from Yunnan -- Sorting things out in Tachilek -- Lieutenant General Li Mi -- Li Mi and his American friends -- Li Mi's Yunnan Anticommunist National Salvation Army -- Attacking Yunnan -- Washington opts out -- Li Mi's army settles into Burma -- Washington cuts its losses -- Southern strategy and Karen allies -- The road to the United Nations -- The United Nations vs. KMT duplicity -- First evacuation from Burma -- Liu Yuan-lin's Yunnan Anticommunist volunteer army -- A resurgent KMT -- Operation Mekong : Sino-Burmese forces rout the KMT -- Air battle over Burma and American weapons -- The second KMT evacuation -- Removing KMT remnants from Laos -- Nationalist Chinese armies in Thailand -- Thailand's troublesome guests -- Intelligence Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense -- Resettlement in Thailand -- Soldiering on for Thailand -- Postscript.

"Based on recently declassified government documents, this book reveals the shocking true story of what happened after the Chinese Nationalists lost the revolution. Supported by Taiwan, the CIA, and the Thai government, the Koumintang reinvented itself as an anti-communist mercenary army fighting into the 1980s, before eventually becoming the drug lords who would make the Golden Triangle a household name."--Publisher's website.

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