Asia

Fortifying South-East Asia

Wrestling with Asia: A Memoir by Frank Mount Connor Court, 2012, 393 pages, $34.95 As a young child, Frank Mount developed a romantic interest in Asia and international affairs, an interest he was to maintain during his university studies. Then, in February 1967, he received an unusual job offer. Bob Santamaria, the president of the National Civic Council (NCC) or the “Movement” as it was commonly known, offered Frank Mount a paid position travelling throughout South-East Asia. His role was to analyse and report on political developments in the region. It was not uncommon for Santamaria’s staffers to work within…

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