The Secret Army by Richard Michael Gibson
Chiang Kai-shek and the Drug Warlords of the Golden Triangle

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The incredible story of how Chiang Kai-shek's defeated army came to dominate the Asian drug trade

After their defeat in China's civil war, remnants of Chiang Kai-shek's armies took refuge in Burma before being driven into Thailand and Laos. Based on recently declassified government documents, The Secret Army: Chiang Kai-shek and the Drug Warlords of the Golden Triangle reveals the shocking true story of what happened after the Chinese Nationalists lost the revolution. Supported by Taiwan, the CIA, and the Thai government, this former army reinvented itself as an anti-communist mercenary force, fighting into the 1980s, before eventually becoming the drug lords who made the Golden Triangle a household name.

Offering a previously unseen look inside the post-war workings of the Kuomintang army, historians Richard Gibson and Wen-hua Chen explore how this fallen military group dominated the drug trade in Southeast Asia for more than three decades.

Based on recently released, previously classified government documentsDraws on interviews with active participants, as well as a variety of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese written sourcesIncludes unique insights drawn from author Richard Gibson's personal experiences with anti-narcotics trafficking efforts in the Golden Triangle

A fascinating look at an untold piece of Chinese—and drug-running—history, The Secret Army offers a revealing look into the history of one of the most infamous drug cartels in Asia.


About Richard Michael Gibson

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Richard M. Gibson was born May 11, 1942, in Miami, Florida, but as a child moved to California. He earned a BS in 1965 and in 1966 an MA in history at San Jose State College, San Jose, California. As a Naval officer from 1966-71, he served aboard ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and taught history at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. In 1971, Gibson joined the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. His postings included Martinique, French West Indies , Burma and Japan. He speaks French, Thai, and Japanese fluently, and received the Department of States meritorious and superior honor awards.After retiring from the Department of State in 1997, Gibson worked as the East Asian specialist for Drug Strategies, a narcotics control think tank in Washington, DC (1997-1998); managed an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) field office and regional coordinating center in Croatia (1998-99); worked as a project manager for the US Agency for International Development in Croatia (1999-2000); and for Raytheon Company (2001-2005). He currently works part-time for the Department of State in Washington, DC.Gibson and his wife live in Reston, Virginia.Wen-hua Chen was born December 2, 1939 in Taiwan. He earned a BA in Chinese literature from Tunghai University, Taiwan and an MA in oriental history at Hiroshima University, Japan. Chen also studied at Taiwan’s prestigious Academia Sinica. In 1975, he began a career with the United Nations as a Chinese translator, working in both Bangkok, Thailand, and at UN Headquarters in New York. He retired in 2000 and has been pursuing various writing projects, publishing several works in Chinese language periodicals in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Today, he resides with his wife in Tokyo, Japan.
Published August 4, 2011 by Wiley. 384 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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