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The Universe UnravelingAmerican Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos$
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Seth Jacobs

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801445477

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801445477.001.0001

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“Doctor Tom” and “Mister Pop”

“Doctor Tom” and “Mister Pop”

American Icons in Laos

(p.171) Chapter 5 “Doctor Tom” and “Mister Pop”
The Universe Unraveling

Seth Jacobs

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley III’s and Edgar Monroe Buell’s struggles in preserving Lao independence. Of the thousands of U.S. representatives stationed in Laos from the time that J. Graham Parsons began his tenure as ambassador until the conclusion of the 1962 Geneva Conference, Dooley and Buell were the only two who established a vivid presence for Americans attempting to follow developments in that country. Through their achievements, and the publicity given those achievements in the media, they brought Laos to the attention of Middle America. Indeed, the most important attribute Dooley and Buell shared was their identification, in American eyes, with the Kingdom of a Million Elephants.

Keywords:   Thomas Anthony Dooley III, Edgar Monroe Buell, Lao independence, 1962 Geneva Conference

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