Marc Yablonka’s book Tears Across the Mekong is an excellent work. Laos and its integral involvement in the Vietnam war remain unknown by most. The book dispels the fog of ignorance, revealing experiences and thoughts from a host of sources, both American- and Laotian-born. The myth of communist beneficence is exposed by first-hand accounts of post-war suffering in Laos. Tears Across the Mekong is of value to both professional historians and those without in-depth knowledge of Laos and North Vietnam’s invasion of that country. Very informative. Get it. Read it. Learn from it. –Bill Laurie, U.S. Army Intelligence, Military Assistance Command Vietnam – 1971-`7, Defense Attaché’s Office – 1973 – `75, Co-Author, Whitwash/Blackwash: Myths of the Viet Nam War, Mesa, Arizona
In his latest work, Tears Across the Mekong, military author and journalist Marc Yablonka has once again set the bar for authenticity and historical perspective in his latest anthology on the Vietnam era in Southeast Asia.
As related to us by a well thought-out collection of personal interviews with participants who lived through these events, a vivid and compelling story emerges that takes the reader back nearly a half century to describe what it was like to be part of what is now referred to as the ‘Secret War in Laos’.
While the Vietnam war and its aftermath have been thoroughly documented in fact and fiction, Tears Across the Mekong offers insights on that war-torn era’s impact on the Laotian populace, particularly in its effects on the sturdy and fiercely-loyal Hmong mountain tribesmen, who took up arms on behalf of the U.S. to combat the brutal hardships wrought by the Communist regime that seized control of their historically peaceful nation.
For anyone truly interested in learning more about this tragic period, Marc has delivered a real page-turner that will hold you spellbound as you read the real-life accounts of those who were intimately involved with or victimized by that little-known conflict. –COL W. R. Johnson (U.S. Army, Ret.), 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Vietnam – 1970, Army General Staff – Pentagon – 1982 – `85, Joint Chiefs of Staff – Pentagon – 1988 – `91, Asia-Pacific specialist, Chiang Mai, Thailand