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The Clandestine Cold War in Asia, 1945-65
The Clandestine Cold War in Asia, 1945-65
Edited by Richard J. Aldrich, Gary D. Rawnsley, and Ming-Yeh
Frank Cass, 2000, 291 pp.

One "front" of the Cold War consisted of the shadow war of clandestine and special operations. This dense but fascinating collection of essays sheds a great deal of light on such subjects as British support for Burmese insurgents in the late 1940s, the Malayan insurgency, the collaboration between Ramon Magsaysay and Edward Lansdale in suppressing the Huk insurrection in the Philippines, and of course, skullduggery in Hong Kong. Despite the air of Graham Greene-ish romance that floats over these pages, the subjects are important if (by nature of the volume) somewhat disjointed. Not a book for the general reader, but one definitely of interest to students of the subject.