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Author CLARKE, THURSTON

Title HONOURABLE EXIT : how a few brave americans risked all to save their vietnamese allies at the end... of the war
Published [Place of publication not identified] : SCRIBE PUBLICATIONS, 2019
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Contents Intro; About the Author; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Principal Characters; Prologue: The Man in the White Shirt; 1 Omens; 2 Walter Martindale's Convoy; 3 Who Lost Vietnam?; 4 Designated Fall Guy; 5 "I'd Tell the President That!"; 6 "In the Shadow of a Corkscrew"; 7 Palpable Fear; 8 Operation Babylift; 9 "People Are Going to Feel Badly"; 10 "No Guarantees!"; 11 Playing God; 12 "Godspeed"; 13 "Make It Happen!"; 14 "I Won't Go for That"; 15 Kissinger's Cable; 16 Richard Armitage's Courageous Silence; 17 Eighteen Optimistic Minutes; 18 Frequent Wind
19 Ken Moorefield's Odyssey20 Into the South China Sea; 21 The 420; Epilogue; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography
Summary In the last days of the Vietnam War, more than 130,000 South Vietnamese were saved from their otherwise dire fate by the heroic acts of ordinary Americans. This groundbreaking account by New York Times-bestselling author Thurston Clarke uncovers a previously untold story of bravery and honour. 1973. US participation in the Vietnam War ends. As troops withdraw, President Nixon pledges to assist the South in the event of invasion by the North. 1975. North Vietnam begins a full-scale assault on the South. Congress does nothing. Hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese face execution or life in concentration camps. An iconic photograph is taken of the Fall of Saigon, depicting desperate Vietnamese people scrambling to board a helicopter evacuating the last of the American soldiers. It is an image of US failure and shame. Or is it? In Honourable Exit, Clarke revisits the last days of the Vietnam War to uncover the previously untold story of a life-saving mass evacuation. During those final days, a number of Americans — diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, missionaries, contractors, and spies — risked their lives and disobeyed orders to help their translators, drivers, colleagues, neighbours, friends, and even perfect strangers to escape. By the time the last US helicopter left Vietnam on 30 April 1975, these heroic Americans had helped to spirit over 130,000 South Vietnamese to resettlement in the US and life as American citizens. Groundbreaking, page-turning, and authoritative, Honourable Exit is a deeply moving history of Americans in one of their little-known finest hours
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Subject Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Evacuation of civilians
Asian history.
Biography & Autobiography - Historical.
Biography & Autobiography - Military.
Biography: historical, political & military.
Collected biographies.
Evacuation of civilians.
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
History - Military - United States.
History - Military - Vietnam War.
History - Southeast Asia.
International relations.
True war & combat stories.
Vietnam War.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1925693805 (electronic bk.)
9781925693805 (electronic bk.)