Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword: Reflections on History’s Largest Air War by Alfred W. McCoy

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pp. ix-xvi

Though this volume seems, at first glance, a slender collection of short statements and simple sketches, it is arguably the most important single book to emerge from the Vietnam War. Originally published more than forty years ago, Voices from the Plain of Jars is a collective memoir of the secret air war over neutral Laos, written, in part, by the ordinary Lao peasants who suffered...

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Textual Note

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pp. xvii-2

These essays and drawings were prepared by Laotian survivors of the bombing and destruction of the Plain of Jars. Bouangeun Luangpraseuth and I then collected the material in a half-dozen refugee camps in the Vientiane Plain between September and December 1970....

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Introduction: Laos and the Advent of Automated War

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pp. 3-38

In September 1969, after a recorded history of seven hundred years, the Plain of Jars disappeared.
The Plain, located in northeastern Laos, was destroyed by a bombing campaign that marked one of the most significant events of the twentieth century: the advent of unilateral and secret U.S. Executive Branch automated...

Voices from the Plain of Jars

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pp. 39-136

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Epilogue: After the War Ended, 1975 - Present

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pp. 137-144

When the war ended in 1975, the people of the Plain of Jars achieved their wish. They were allowed to return to the land of their birth. But they found that land deeply scarred by war. Their homes were destroyed. The thousands of water buffaloes they had once used to plow their fields were gone. They lacked food, often existing only on emergency handouts of rice. They lacked money, tools, almost all of the rudiments of life....

Appendix 1. Complete Text and Supporting Documents of USIS Refugee Survey as Obtained by Congressman McCloskey

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pp. 145-150

Appendix 2. A Survey of Civilian Casualties among Refugees from the Plain of Jars, Laos, by Walter M. Haney

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pp. 151-176