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Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos
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Twenty years after the Indochina wars, Christopher Kremmer visits Laos-at the crossroads of change in southeast Asia. He begins his journey in the tranquility of Luang Prabang, once the royal capital. With its ancient culture and stately airs, the town-like Laos itself-is a place of secrets, mysteries and nagging questions.
Setting off in search of the lost royal family, a 600-year-old dynasty consumed by the violent troubles of the 1960s and 1970s, Kremmer reveals a small land-locked corner of Asia struggling to deal with the legacies of the US war and Asian communism. Bamboo Palace begins as a travelogue, turns into a mystery and ultimately redefines a nation's history as Kremmer journeys through Laos to uncover one of Indochina's darkest secrets.
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"Bamboo Palace begins as a travelogue, turns into a mystery and ultimately redefines a nation's history, as Christopher Kremmer journeys through Laos to uncover one of Indochina's darkest secrets. For decades, the inscrutable leaders of the Lao People's Democratic Republic have deflected questions about the fate of the Lao royal family, traditional rulers of the 600-year-old Kingdom of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol, deposed by leftist guerillas in the aftermath of the Vietnam War." "A timely reminder of the consequences of ill-considered war, Bamboo Palace takes readers from the jungles of South-East Asia to the north-western United States, where the author tracks down the last known survivor of the royal death camp. The former prisoner's testimony provides the definitive chilling climax. A portrait of a poor, landlocked country in the grip of tyranny, Bamboo Palace is also a story of human endurance."--BOOK JACKET.
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