The Ideal Man

The Ideal Man

The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War

Book - 2011
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"How the West's greatest spy in Asia tried to stop the new American way of war--and the steep price he paid for failingJim Thompson landed in Thailand at the end of World War II, a former American society dilettante who became an Asian legend as a spy and silk magnate with access to Thai worlds outsiders never saw. As the Cold War reached Thailand, America had a choice: Should it, as Thompson believed, help other nations build democracies from their traditional cultures or, as his ex-OSS friend Willis Bird argued, remake the world through deception and self-serving alliances? In a story rich with insights and intrigue, this book explores a key Cold War episode that is still playing out today. Highlights a pivotal moment in Cold War history that set a course for American foreign policy that is still being followed today Explores the dynamics that put Thailand at the center of the Cold War and the fighting in neighboring Laos that escalated from sideshow to the largest covert operation America had ever engaged in Draws on personal recollections and includes atmospheric details that bring the people, events--and the Thailand of the time--to life Written by a journalist with extensive experience in Asian affairs who has spent years investigating every aspect of this story, including Thompson's tragic disappearance "--
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2011.
ISBN: 9780470086216
0470086211
Branch Call Number: BIO THOMPSON J. Kurlantz
Characteristics: viii, 264 p. ;,25 cm.

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Aug 25, 2013

"Joshua Kurlantzick is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations." Gee whiz? No kidding? From that I won't suppose the author to be a complete idiot with his "silly history" treatise, but a purposeful and misleading type. His writing is disingenuous through and through, misrepresenting the Kennedy Administration (SOP for CFR fellows, don't you know?) although the author does mention, in almost an aside, just several (of the many) super-rich who happened to be affiliated with the OSS during WWII (Paul Mellon and J.P. Morgan's son) but leaves out a bunch of others! No, the decision to go with the dictators wasn't politically made, but came directly from the oligarchs and hegemons - - just as the overthrow of the democratically-elected president of Iran benefitted Rockefeller, Mellon, Rothschild (half owners of BP, and the other half officially owned by the British government), Kermit Roosevelt, who lead the CIA team in his overthrow - - now admitted to by the CIA - - became the VP of Gulf Oil [Mellon-owned]. The author neglects to mention numerous facts: that Averell Harriman was about to be canned by President Kennedy for his pro-hawk stance on Vietnam (Kennedy had sent out memos through both State and the Pentagon explaining the withdrawal of the 16,900 "advisors" before his reelection campaign, advisors which had originally been sent there by President Eisenhower! (Harriman's firing was even mentioned by Harriman in his official, authorized biography, "Spanning the Century.")

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