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Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954-1961

William Rust


This book discusses the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy in Laos from 1954, when the Geneva Accords ended the First Indochina War, until January 1961, when John F. Kennedy became president. A key initial misstep on the U.S. road to war in Southeast Asia, the American experience in Laos during the Eisenhower administration is a case study in transforming a small foreign policy problem into a large one. Based on documents from the U.S. National Archives, the Eisenhower Library, and other public and private collections of primary sources, the book shows how the administration's ef ... More

Keywords: foreign policy, Laos, Eisenhower

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813135786
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813135786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Rust, author