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It just didn’t sit right. Not with his friends, not with his coworkers, not with his hunting and fishing buddies, and certainly not with his family. The American Embassy in Bangkok had reported the accidental death of Jerry “Hog” Daniels by carbon monoxide poisoning. Three decades later, his family and most of his friends remain unconvinced that the U.S. government told them the truth about his death.
            As a former CIA case officer to legendary Hmong leader General Vang Pao during the “secret war” in Laos, Jerry Daniels was experienced, smart, and careful. Those who knew him well said he wasn’t the type to die as reported. Raising even more doubts, his casket was “Permanently Sealed” by the U.S. State Department before being shipped home to Missoula, Montana, where he was honored with a three-day funeral ceremony organized by his former comrades-in-arms, the Hmong hilltribe warriors from Laos.
            This book examines the unique personality and reported death of a man who was a pivotal agent in U.S./Hmong history. Friends and family share their memories of Daniels growing up in Montana, cheating death in Laos, and carousing in the bars and brothels of Thailand. First-person accounts from Americans and Hmong, ranchers and refugees, State Department officials and smokejumpers capture both human and historical stories about the life of this dedicated and irreverent individual and offer speculation on the unsettling circumstances of his death. Equally important, Hog’s Exit is the first complete account in English to document the drama and beauty of the Hmong funeral process.
            Hog’s Exit provides a fascinating view of a man and the two very different cultures in which he lived.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations, Maps
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Fragment One
  2. pp. 6-26
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  1. Fragment Two
  2. pp. 7-27
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  1. Fragment Three
  2. pp. 8-28
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  1. One: Bangkok: late April–May 6, 1982
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Discovery
  2. pp. 11-21
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  1. 2. Shock and Dismay
  2. pp. 22-32
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  1. 3. Laos, Part I: Na Khang
  2. pp. 33-54
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  1. Two: Missoula: May 2–8, 1982
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 4. Hometown Friends
  2. pp. 57-63
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  1. 5. Missoula Hmong
  2. pp. 64-69
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  1. 6. Laos, Part II: Long Cheng (1968–73)
  2. pp. 70-96
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  1. Three: Missoula: May 8–10, 1982
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 7. Hard Landing
  2. pp. 99-111
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  1. 8. Laos, Part III: The Fall (1973–75)
  2. pp. 112-126
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  1. 9. Laos, Part IV: Uprooted
  2. pp. 127-140
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  1. 10. Coming Together
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. 11. Refugee Program, Thailand (1976–82)
  2. pp. 149-168
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  1. 12. Condolences and Rumors
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. 13. Funeral Chant Phases 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: “Showing the Way”
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. 14. A Way of Life
  2. pp. 191-213
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  1. 15. Funeral Chant Phase 6: Sin City and Rodeos
  2. pp. 214-222
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  1. 16. Funeral Chant Phase 7 and Kheng Performance
  2. pp. 223-229
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  1. 17. Tears in My Beer
  2. pp. 230-241
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  1. 18. Silk Stories
  2. pp. 242-251
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  1. 19. Kickers for the CIA
  2. pp. 252-261
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  1. 20. The Lingo
  2. pp. 262-268
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  1. 21. “Visiting Day”
  2. pp. 269-282
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  1. 22. Marana
  2. pp. 283-297
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  1. 23. A Man’s Man
  2. pp. 298-314
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  1. 24. Jerry’s Last Visit
  2. pp. 315-328
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  1. 25. Final Gathering
  2. pp. 329-333
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  1. 26. Louise
  2. pp. 334-346
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  1. 27. Until Horse Grows Horns
  2. pp. 347-358
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  1. Four: After the Burial
  2. pp. 359-360
  1. 28. Question Remains
  2. pp. 361-369
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  1. 29. An Echo of Death
  2. pp. 370-384
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  1. Fragment Four
  2. pp. 385-386
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  1. Appendix: Interviewees
  2. pp. 387-394
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 395-414
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 415-418
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  1. Selected References and Reading
  2. pp. 419-422
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 423-429
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780896727939
Related ISBN
9780896727922
MARC Record
OCLC
868220633
Pages
512
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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