At the conference she gave a presentation and discussed her latest book, "Hog's Exit: Jerry Daniels, the Hmong, and the CIA" (Texas Tech University Press, $39.95.)
Morrison has worked with the Hmong community in education, refugee services, private enterprise and as an oral historian, researcher and writer since 1977. Her latest book looks at the life of Jerry Daniels, a CIA case officer whose assistance to Hmong leader General Vang Pao during the secret war in Laos was so crucial. A three-day funeral ceremony was organized for the Montana man by his former comrades-in-arms, the Hmong hill tribe warriors from Laos.
The book is based on first-person accounts from Americans and Hmong, ranchers and refugees, State Department officials and smokejumpers. They talk about the human and historical stories of Daniels' life, and they speculate on the circumstances of his death in 1982. The American Embassy in Bangkok reported Daniels had accidentally died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but there are many who doubt the accidental part of the report.
The last chapter of Morrison's first book,
She spent years compiling all of the personal accounts. Because memories can differ, the process has been to look for common elements in a story and reject anything that sounds too far in left field.
The result is Morrison's book, which is available at amazon.com and at ttupress.org.