|In the 1950s, being gay will get a man fired in America's Foreign Service. Young career diplomat Jim Goodall so deeply fears his "crushes" on men that, as Uncle Jim, he lavishes his affection on a favorite niece. When he is posted to the Marcos-controlled Philippines, his rigid celibacy has even a giggling Imelda Marcos calling him "the Vicar" - until a friend invites him to war-torn, destructive Vietnam. A murder in a jungle village and a Saigon orgy of on-leave servicemen, Asian gay boys, and rich colonials force Jim Goodall into a dramatic confrontation with himself. Beginning a personal odyssey that takes him from the pleasures of Bangkok's notorious Patpong to the shock of witnessing state-sanctioned torture in Manila, he becomes a man on a tightrope, balanced between living silently with his own lies and those of his government, or risking everything to expose them both. Searingly authentic depictions, of Southwest Asia and the Marcos regime's glitter, corruption, and human-rights violations mesh with the intimate geography of a man's heart to make Almost History a toally involving epic, filled with human drama, enormous subtelty, and daring political truth.