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Summary

Thailand, Laos, and Burma have been known as the "Golden Triangle" because of their historically prominent role in the drug trade. For centuries, these countries have produced the opium that has attracted traders from Europe and elsewhere. Economics, religion, and politics combine to make this area not only important but also, to the western mind, exotic.

The World's Political Hot Spots series explains the basis of conflicts in some of the world's most politically sensitive areas. Many of these regions are in today's headlines, and tensions recently have become violent in virtually all of them. Each presentation covers up to 10 centuries of background, revealing how and why today's problems occur.

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Short but full of information

At first it was too much like someone reading the news but I really enjoyed as it was packed with information.

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  • Carolyn Iga
  • 02-01-13

engaging

What made the experience of listening to The Golden Triangle the most enjoyable?

There are very few books or audiobooks out there on the history or issues in Southeast Asia. I appreciated the content of this book. If you have any interest in the history of this region I think the content and performance are very good.

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  • Frank Pardue
  • 24-06-11

The Golden Triangle | [Bertil Lintner]

This is very informative, though dated. It gives the history of Myanmar (Burma) and the Golden Triangle region.

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  • Wenxian
  • 10-01-16

Comprehensive history

I like the way how the information is delivered in this book - very comprehensive and covers the whole region.

Only thing is that it needs an update.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-21

Above average for the series

This series focuses on fairly general and quick introductions to its chosen topics, often at the expense of detail. While this can be a blessing or a curse, this particular title in my opinion found the right balance of thorough but brief forays into various topics and the result is an informative picture of the historic and political landscape of the golden triangle and the ways in which ethnic issues, opium and drug control efforts have all become intertwined therein. I found it highly fascinating, especially in light of recent events in Myanmar in particular.

Performed well, with the same scholarly tone reminiscent of 1990s PBS TV documentaries. No major mispronunciations or errors.

I recommend this title to fans of the series and anyone interested in southeast Asian affairs and global narcotics issues.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-11-18

good historical perspective

a good historical perspective, just wish it was longer and updated! . . . .