VOICES FROM THE PLAIN OF JARS:
LIFE UNDER AN AIR WAR
compiled, with an Introduction and
Preface, by FRED BRANFMAN
160 pages. Harper Colophon Books.
The publisher of this modest-looking paperback recently explained its meager promotion budget by telling the author, "The war just isn't selling any more." Maybe not in the bookstores, but it's still going strong in Southeast Asia.
The war Fred Branfman writes about is the U.S. bombing campaign in Laos, hardly an overworked subject, and the "voices" he records have rarely been heard. They come from the ground beneath the air war, and they belong to peasants who lived on the...