Douglas Valentine

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Douglas Valentine "is an author, investigator, consultant, and poet.

"He lives with his wife, Alice, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Doug was a professional tree surgeon until 1980 and began his career as a writer in 1981. His philosophy of life is based in classical mythology and love of nature, and is applied through his writing to political, cultural, and national security issues.

"Doug’s first two books are THE HOTEL TACLOBAN (1984 in the US, 1985 in Australia and Great Britian), a highly praised account of his father’s experiences in a Japanese prisoner of war camp; and THE PHOENIX PROGRAM (1990), which Professor Alfred W. McCoy describes as "the definitive account" of the CIA’s most terrifying covert operation of the Vietnam War...

"The Douglas Valentine Vietnam Collection at the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, has been open and used by researchers since early 2007.

"The Collection contains the research material, including original handwritten interview notes and government documents obtained through FOIA requests, for my book The Phoenix Program. The Collection can only be used in the National Security Archive's Reading Room; it is not available for interlibrary loan and an appointment must be made to use it...

"Doug's fourth book, THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF: THE SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS, was published by Verso in May 2004. STRENGTH received the prestigious Choice Academic Excellence Award." [1]

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  1. Bio, Douglas Valentine, accessed September 18, 2009.