Another Quiet American book. The front cover promised ‘Stories of life in Laos’. I didn’t even know where to find Laos on the map. It was then that my eye caught the quote at the top of the page.
Brett Dakin's book is to Vientiane, Laos what Peter Hessler's book "Rivertown" was to Fuling, China. In my opinion, they are both classics. Another Quiet American is a wonderful read that I didn't want to end. Dakin's story telling, observations and wit made this a most enjoyable read. My only criticism is that Dakin hasn't written another book. The description of life in Vientiane as an expat in the late 90s is beautifully scripted and contains insight still relevant to any further study of Laos and its history or simply pre-travel prep. One person found this helpful.
Brett Dakin spent two years working in Laos and returned to the States a changed man. In Another Quiet American, he takes you through the corridors of power and the living rooms of the poor in Laos. I recently been to Laos early 2004, it was nice to compare my experience with that of Mr. Dakins, being that we are as he put it, "in the same age group. By the time Mr. Dakins had his experience in Laos, things have changed very dramatically since his tenure, so its not an exact comparison, (myself being Lao-American).
Another Quiet American. The other quiet American of the title is not the author or a Graham Greene character, but a retired Vietnam war pilot called Joe, a long-term Laos resident who has a love-hate relationship with the country
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Brett Dakin is the author of Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos. He is also the chair of Legacies of War, a Washington-based non-profit organisation working to raise awareness about the Vietnam war era bombing of Laos. Published: 2 Sep 2010. Laos and the legacy of Vietnam.
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At the end of the long dramatization of a mythic struggle from days of French colonization, when the lights went up and he was clapping vigorously, the Communist Party members who had surrounded him had slipped out; for them, the play was simply an irrelevant obligation. When Dakin first went to Laos, he hoped to understand the drama of life under a Communist, one-party government. As it turned out, what he witnessed wasn’t a sweeping spectacle of bold revolutionary fervor but smaller stories of individuals trying to make a go of it in a developing country with limited freedoms, and no clearly preferable alternative in sight. His book, published this spring, tells some of these stories.
Brett Dakin, the author of Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos, has served as chair of Legacies of War, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the Vietnam War–era bombing of Laos, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From Spying to Killing. How America’s secret war in Laos transformed the CIA. Successes of Philanthropy. The investments and innovations that are making a real-world impact, as told by the foundations and philanthropists themselves. A sponsored project by the Washington Monthly.