Thurston Clarke - Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War

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What has long been perceived as the nation’s shameful role in Vietnam is perhaps best crystallized in the photo from April 1975 showing U.S. personnel departing Saigon while crowds of panicked South Vietnamese scramble for a place on the last helicopter out. The image is only partially what it seems, however, and in his new book, Clarke, author of histories including JFK's Last Hundred Days, tells the stories of scores of Americans who successfully helped some 130,000 Vietnamese escape to safety. Though Congress refused to send official aid as the North Vietnamese launched their final invasion of the city, diplomats, businessmen, missionaries, contractors, and others risked their lives to save their translators, drivers, colleagues, and neighbors. This was the greatest evacuation under wartime conditions since the Second World War, and Clarke tells this important revisionist story with the race-against-time pace of a thriller.

 

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Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539647
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Published: Doubleday - April 30th, 2019

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