The War of the Running Dogs : Malaya 1948-1960 Paperback
by Noel Barber
Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series
'The story of the first all-out struggle in Asia between Communism and the West, vividly told in an exciting and engrossing book' Sunday Express Only three short years after the end of the Japanese occupation, war came again to Malaya.
The Chinese-backed guerrillas called it the War of the Running Dogs - their contemptuous term for those in Malaya who remained loyal to the British.
The British Government referred to this bloody and costly struggle as the 'Malayan Emergency'.
Yet it was a war that lasted twelve years and cost thousands of lives.
By the time it was over Malaya had obtained its independence - but on British, not on Chinese or Communist terms.
Here is the war as it was. Here are the planters and their wives on their remote rubber estates, the policemen, the generals and the soldiers, the Malays, Chinese and Indians of a polyglot country, all fighting an astute, ruthless, and well organized enemy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 8, 1 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 07/10/2004
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9780304366712
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Review by ebethe
I doubt that this would have kept the U.S. out of Iraq, but maybe it would have caused some of those who thought it was going to be in and out and home in time for Thanksgiving to take a second look. Not great writing, but a very readable book.