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The terrific tale of ways Chiang Kai-shek's defeated military got here to dominate the Asian drug trade

After their defeat in China's civil conflict, remnants of Chiang Kai-shek's armies took safe haven in Burma earlier than being pushed into Thailand and Laos. in keeping with lately declassified executive records, The mystery military: Chiang Kai-shek and the Drug Warlords of the Golden Triangle finds the surprising real tale of what occurred after the chinese language Nationalists misplaced the revolution. Supported by means of Taiwan, the CIA, and the Thai govt, this former military reinvented itself as an anti-communist mercenary strength, battling into the Nineteen Eighties, sooner than finally turning into the drug lords who made the Golden Triangle a loved ones name.

Offering a formerly unseen glance contained in the post-war workings of the Kuomintang military, historians Richard Gibson and Wen-hua Chen discover how this fallen army staff ruled the drug exchange in Southeast Asia for greater than 3 decades.

  • Based on lately published, formerly categorized govt documents
  • Draws on interviews with energetic contributors, in addition to quite a few chinese language, Thai, and Burmese written sources
  • Includes precise insights drawn from writer Richard Gibson's own stories with anti-narcotics trafficking efforts within the Golden Triangle

A attention-grabbing examine an untold piece of Chinese—and drug-running—history, The mystery Army bargains a revealing check out the historical past of 1 of the main notorious drug cartels in Asia.

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