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

After their defeat in China's civil war, remnants of ChiangKai-shek's armies took refuge in Burma before being driven intoThailand and Laos. Based on recently declassified governmentdocuments, The Secret Army: Chiang Kai-shek and the DrugWarlords of the Golden Triangle reveals the shocking true storyof what happened after the Chinese Nationalists lost therevolution. Supported by Taiwan, the CIA, and the Thai government,this former army reinvented itself as an anti-communist mercenaryforce, fighting into the 1980s, before eventually becoming the druglords who made the Golden Triangle a household name.

Offering a previously unseen look inside the post-war workingsof the Kuomintang army, historians Richard Gibson and Wen-hua Chenexplore how this fallen military group dominated the drug trade inSoutheast Asia for more than three decades.

  • Based on recently released, previously classified governmentdocuments
  • Draws on interviews with active participants, as well as avariety of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese written sources
  • Includes unique insights drawn from author Richard Gibson'spersonal experiences with anti-narcotics trafficking efforts in theGolden Triangle

A fascinating look at an untold piece of Chinese—anddrug-running—history, The Secret Army offers arevealing look into the history of one of the most infamous drugcartels in Asia.

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