Tiger Men by Barry Petersen
A young Australian among the Rhade Montagnard of Vietnam
Tiger Men. Twenty-five years after he left Vietnam and his Montagnard tribesmen, Australian Barry Petersen wrote this thoughtful story of his life among the Rhade and other ethnic groups of Darlac province in the Vietnam highlands. He went there to train and lead the local people to defend their villages and homes against the Viet-Cong. This is the story of the Truong Son, 'Tiger Men', who became the most respected and feared self-defence force in Vietnam. But it is also the sad story of their subsequent defeat and the destruction of the Montagnard villages, culture and way of life--as much due to the Vietnamese and American generals and politicians as to the Vietcong. This is a book which the CIA would rather not see in print.
246 pages, 22 b/w pl