Lost Crusade: America's Secret Cambodian Mercenaries

Lost Crusade: America's Secret Cambodian Mercenaries

by Peter Scott

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When Peter Scott began a 1968 tour in Vietnam advising ethnic Cambodian Khmer Krom paramilitaries, they shared only an earnest desire to check the spread of communism. It took nearly thirty years and a chance reunion for him to realize just how much they had become a part of him. Successfully blending intense combat narrative and stirring emotional drama, Scott vividly captures both the unique village culture of a little-known, highly spiritual people and their complex relationship with Special Forces soldiers, who found it increasingly difficult to match their charges' commitment to the costly conflict. Building on his experiences as a Phoenix Program adviser near the Cambodian border, extensive interviews with Khmer Krom survivors, hundreds of hours of research in government archives, and requests for Freedom of Information Act disclosures, Scott seamlessly reconstructs the six-thousand-strong mercenary force's final crusade against communism, beginning in their ancestral home in 1970 and ending on the U.S. West Coast in 1995.

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ISBN-13: 9781612511771
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB

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Norodom Sihanouk

Your book makes a solid contribution to clarifying the events that led to the coup d'Etat of 18 March 1970 in my country, the involvement of some foreign countries in the preparations for the coup and the tragic developments that followed it. It is an honest account based on your firsthand experience and I would like to commend you for having written it. Lost Crusade deserves to have a wide audience.

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