Jim is currently completing work on a memoir of Cambodia and Vietnam:  “LIVES INTERSECTED: War, Love and Betrayal

Expected Release date: March 2020. 


Books to which Jim Laurie has made small contributions:

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 


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 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...very old & recent reads

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

Fredrik Logevall:  "Embers of War :  the fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam." 

Elizabeth Becker: "Overbooked:  The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism"