Currently working on memoir:  “Down the Wrong Road: From Binh Dinh to Baidoa: Personal stories of Adventure, Love and Betrayal

Books to which I have made small contributions:

Tim Bowden, One Crowded Hour, Collins, 1987

--- an account of the life of renowned Australian cameraman, journalist, mentor and friend Neil Davis .

Sandra Burton, Impossible Dream, Warner Books, 1989

--- an account of the Aquino "Yellow" Revolution in the Philippines, 1986.  Sandy and I were among the "witnesses" to the murder of Benigno Aquino after a 1984 flight from Taipei to Manila

David Butler, The Fall of Saigon, Simon & Schuster, 1985

--- an account of the Communist victory in Vietnam In 1975 .

Alan Dawson, 55 Days, The Fall of Vietnam, Prentice Hall, 1977 

David Halberstam, War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals, Scribner, 2001

--- Comments on international journalism in the 1990's and coverage of the Balkans on page 163

David Halberstam, The Next Century, William Morrow, 1991

--- the late Pulitzer Prize Winner’s forward reflections on 2000 plus.

Ted Koppel & Kyle Gibson, Nightline, Times Books, 1996

--- story of America’s best known late night news program and references to its China coverage 

John Pilger, Heroes, Jonathan Cape, 1986

---  Australian born journalist's memoirs in which Laurie's 1980 observations of Cambodia are recalled.

Orville Schell, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, 1993

--- Schell's account of the Tiananmen Democracy period re-tells Laurie's Story of one Chinese worker imprisoned for a television interview.

William Shawcross, The Quality of Mercy, Simon &Schuster, 1984

--- an account of flawed international relief operations of the 70's & 80's.

Recommended Books...My Favorites:

Bernard Fall, Hell in a Very Small Place

Bernard Fall,  Street Without Joy

Graham Greene,  The Quiet American

Graham Greene,   End of the Affair

Andre Malroux,  The Royal Way

Francois Bizot,  The Gate

John Swain,  River of Time

Most recently read books:

Favorites of 2013:

Fredrik Logevall:  "Embers of War :  the fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam." Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer prize for history, 'Embers' is a brilliant recounting of French Indochina and the lost opportunities of the period 1944 to 1954.   Absolutely riveting.

And an older Pulitzer Prize History winner

Doris Kearns Goodwin:  "No Ordinary Time – Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: the Home Front in WW 2"   Again brilliant story telling of my favorite US President and his wife who in many ways was more remarkable than he.


Elizabeth Becker: "Overbooked:  The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism"     Becker a colleague from Cambodia days writes particularly well about the horrors of the global cruise line industry and the degradation of some parts of the world including Cambodia - not by war or terrorism but by mass tourism.

Two China reads recently completed

Ezra Vogel:  "Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China"

David Shambaugh:  "China Goes Global:  The Partial Power"

And a old book of short story fiction being re-read

Robert Olen Butler:  "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain"

Finally the most DISAPPOINTING RE-READ of the summer of 2013:

Ernest Hemingway:  "A Moveable Feast" - (the restored edition)  As a devoted Hemingway fan - this volume remains a huge disappointment.  One reads in hopes of a book that captures Paris in the 1920's.   And yes all the places and people are there.  Hemingways ramblings written years after his prime. (penned in spurts of energy between 1957 and 1960) fail to satisfy. Hemingway ended his own life in 1961.

also earlier

Jean Edward Smith, FDR

Andrew Solomon,  The Noonday Demon

Richard McGregor, The Party

Jonathan Watts, When a Billion Chinese Jump