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Homer LeaAmerican Soldier of Fortune$
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Lawrence M. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126166

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.001.0001

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In the Dragon’s Lair

In the Dragon’s Lair

(p.24) (p.25) Chapter 2 In the Dragon’s Lair
Homer Lea

Jeff Mielke

University Press of Kentucky

Whereas Homer was broadly known as a big talker among his friends, he confided only to a few about his fidelity to politics and military affairs. Unlike the other students in the dormitory at Stanford who adorned their walls with pictures of girls or sports figures, Lea preferred huge geographical maps which he used for his military fantasies. During his college life in Stanford, Lea had an accident when he collided with a boisterous horse which caused an injury to one of his testicles, which led him to need urgent medical treatment. Throughout his free time, he focused his attention on Los Angeles's Chinese quarter and this reoriented his goals toward China. Afterwards, Lea decided to drop out of Stanford to pursue his legal career and his hope for an Asian adventure despite the opposition of his family and friends.

Keywords:   politics, military, geographical maps, Stanford, Los Angeles, Asian adventure

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