The Cold War: The Mix Master

After taking the capital city of Vientiane by storm, Laos' General Phoumi Nosavan moved to town with his new Premier, easygoing Prince Boun Oum, and a clutch of U.S. "advisers." A majority of the National Assembly had already voted Boun Oum into power, and King Savang Vatthana even bestirred himself to leave the pagodas of his home town, Luangprabang, and visit the capital to give the new government his blessing. But the civil war in Laos was in fact no nearer to an end than ever—and at week's end the Communists were moving ominously to intensify it. Furthermore, the U.S....

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