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The Man With The Golden Mind reviewed at Literary Fits

The Man with the Golden Mind gets a great review at Literary Fits. “I am again impressed with a Crime Wave Press offering, this one being a Cold War aftermath spy thriller set in a country about which I knew very little: Laos. Tom Vater sets up an intricate and complicated plot which I found […]

Vint Lawrence – CIA handler of General Vang Pao dies

I somehow missed the recent passing of Vint Lawrence, CIA handler of notorious Hmong General Vang Pao in Long Cheng, Laos, in the early 60s, who threw his secret agent career away to become a political cartoonist in Washington. Read an obituary and summary of Vint’s remarkable life here. Vint Lawrence is interviewed in the […]

The Most Secret Place On Earth on YouTube

Quite regularly, I am contacted by people who try to get hold of The Most Secret Place on Earth. There’s now a German language DVD of the full 78 minute version, but most of the interest comes from English speakers.But at least the 52 minute TV version is now on youtube and you can find […]

The Life of the Others – Thailand’s Minorities Under Threat

Thailand’s minorities are having a hard time, not least because of the nefarious activities of powerful and ruthless missionaries. The original story this feature is based on was published in German and ran to 2.500 words. This is a seriously cut edit. The German article on the same subject was published in MERIAN and Spiegel […]

Sobering and Grim Documentary Film on the US’s Secret War in Laos: The Players

Stumbled across this image of the three unusual suspects of The Most Secret Place on Earth on this Bangkok Expat blog. Taken at the packed FCCT (Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand) in November 2010 during our presentation and Q& A session of aforementioned documentary on the CIA’s covert war in Laos in the 1960s. From left […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth on pirate DVD….in Cambodia

On a recent trip to Cambodia, I noticed that my first non fiction book Beyond the Pancake Trench is still being sold as a bootleg photocopy in Siem Reap bookshops. I was browsing the shelves of a pirate DVD shop in Phnom Penh a couple days ago, when I found, much to my surprise, that […]

2011 – Sacred Tattoos, The Daily Telegraph and RocknRoll!

2011 proved to be a mad, mad year for me and I’d like to thank all the people who supported me over the past twelve months. Living it all was almost too much. Here’s to the great times this year. The publication of Sacred Skin, the first book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, was a major […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth on DVD….in German

Finally, the DVD for The Most Secret Place on Earth is out, about a year after the film surfaced on YouTube! There are some great extra, never before seen interviews with the film’s main characters but unfortunately the footage is all in German, as are the subtitles. Given that the film has garnered so much […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) – Outtakes – Alfred McCoy

There’s new additional footage for Marc Eberle’ s The Most Secret Place on Earth, co-written by Tom Vater. Watch never before seen interview with James Lilley, Deputy CIA station chief in Laos, on the ghosts of the past and the high life in a war zone. This interview was filmed in August 2006. Note how […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) – Outtakes – Tony Poe

There’s new additional footage for Marc Eberle’ s The Most Secret Place on Earth, co-written by Tom Vater. Watch never before seen interviews about Tony Poe, one of the CIA’s most effective, ruthless and just plain crazy agents! About the film: For a factual telling of the CIA´secret history in Laos, check out The Most […]

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