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Voices from the Plain of Jars


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Fred Branfman is a journalist and peace activist who lives in Santa Barbara, California, and in Budapest.


"[In Laos, ] where a right-wing government installed by the CIA faced a rebellion, one of the most beautiful areas in the world, the Plain of Jars, was being destroyed by bombing. This was not reported by the government or the press, but an American who lived in Laos, Fred Branfman, who told the story in his book Voices from the Plain of Jars."--Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States
"A classic. . . . No American should be able to read [this book] without weeping at his country's arrogance."--Anthony Lewis, New York Times
"In this small, shattering book we hear--as we are so rarely able to do--the voices of Asian peasants describing what we can barely begin to imagine."--Gloria Emerson, New York Review of Books
"Today, the significance of this book's message has, if anything, increased. As Fred Branfman predicted with uncommon prescience, the massive U.S. bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War marked the advent of a new kind of warfare--automated, aerial, and secret--that is just now emerging as the dominant means of projecting U.S. power worldwide."--Alfred W. McCoy, author of Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation

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