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This surprisingly rich sequel to Nathanson's The Dirty Dozen begins with OSS Maj. John Reisman switching from the European to the Pacific theater and parachuting into Burma to try to prevent conflict between two of America's allies, the Kachin tribesmen and the Kuomintang of bordering China. Conflicts and the peculiarly shifting Asian alliances comprise this book's themespolitics that, as history shows, resulted in still more turmoil in postwar Asia. Reisman's assignment leads him from Burma to China, where he learns of treachery among warlords and secret collaboration with the Japanese. Then it takes him to Vietnam and an unusual arrangement with the young Ho Chi Minh. In addition to action a-plenty, the narrative contains richly textured portrayals of the intersecting cultures and the sophisticated relationship of politics to this (or any) war. Assiduously researched, Nathanson's accomplished novel is an outstanding read. 35,000 first printing.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA The exploits of the leader of Nath anson's The Dirty Dozen (Random, 1965; o.p.) continue in mainland Asia in the final year of the war against Japan. Set in the murky backwater of warlord- dominated China and occupied French Indochina, the story is one of plots and counterplots, of deceitful allies and honorable opponents. Teen readers will be introduced to a seldom-explored place and time with Vietnam and its fu ture conflict foreshadowed as a place for which Americans have ``no affinity for the language, people or culture.'' Although the hero's mission is left in tentionally vague and there is no climax to match the first book's, this is a stur dy, colorful wartime adventure that il lustrates that neither the relations of people nor the histories of nations can be told in simple black and white. Mike Parsons, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.