Bamboo Palace by Christopher Kremmer
Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos
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. Now, the author of the international bestseller The Carpet Wars cuts through the bamboo curtain to reveal the shocking truth.
A timely reminder of the consequences of ill-conceived war, Bamboo Palace takes readers from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the northwestern 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.
An intriguing and at times disturbing portrait of a poor, landlocked country in the grip of tyranny, Bamboo Palace, is also and extraordinary story of human endurance.
Chiang Mai 2003