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Honorable exit : how a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war / Thurston Clarke.

Clarke, Thurston, (author.).

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Sage Library System.

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0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Summary:

"In 1973, the Vietnam War ended in a cease-fire and a U.S. withdrawal that included promises by President Nixon to assist the South in the event of invasion by the North. But in early 1975, when North Vietnamese forces began to attack, Congress refused to send arms or aid. By April 5, the South was on the brink of defeat, spelling execution or years in a concentration camp for the untold number of South Vietnamese who had supported the government in Saigon or worked with Americans. Clarke launches into a narrative that is both a thrilling race against time and an important corrective to the historical record. For what is less known is that during those final days, scores of Americans--diplomats, soldiers, missionaries, contractors and spies--risked their lives to help their former translators, drivers, colleagues, neighbors and friends escape. By the time the last U.S. helicopter left Vietnam on April 30, 1975, these Righteous Americans had spirited 130,000 South Vietnamese to U.S. bases in Guam and the Philippines. The evacuees were resettled in the U.S. and became American citizens, the leading edge of one of America's most successful immigrant groups. Into this tale of heroism on the ground, Clarke weaves the political machinations of Henry Kissinger advising President Ford in the White House while nursing the delusions of the U.S. Ambassador in Saigon, who refused to depart. Groundbreaking, pageturning, and authoritative, Honorable Exit is a deeply moving history of Americans at a little known finest hour." --Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 959.70431 .C611h 2019 (Text) 37814003256758 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 06/21/2021 on display -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 959.704 C611 (Text) 35178001755688 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 05/22/2019 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 959.704 CLA (Text) 37838000519884 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 05/14/2019 Available -
Ontario Community Library 959.704 CLARK (Text) 33330004460970 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 07/15/2019 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385539647
  • ISBN: 0385539649
  • Physical Description: xii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Maps on endpapers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-406) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Principal characters -- Prologue: The man in the white shirt -- Omens -- Walter Martindale's convoy -- Who lost Vietnam? -- Designated fall guy -- "I'd tell the president that!" -- "In the shadow of a corkscrew" -- Palpable fear -- Operation Babylift -- "People are going to feel badly" -- "No guarantees!" -- Playing God -- "Godspeed" -- "Make it happen" -- "I won't go for that" -- Kissinger's cable -- Richard Armitage's courageous silence -- Eighteen optimistic minutes -- Frequent wind -- Ken Moorefield's odyssey -- Into the South China Sea -- The 420.
Summary, etc.:
"In 1973, the Vietnam War ended in a cease-fire and a U.S. withdrawal that included promises by President Nixon to assist the South in the event of invasion by the North. But in early 1975, when North Vietnamese forces began to attack, Congress refused to send arms or aid. By April 5, the South was on the brink of defeat, spelling execution or years in a concentration camp for the untold number of South Vietnamese who had supported the government in Saigon or worked with Americans. Clarke launches into a narrative that is both a thrilling race against time and an important corrective to the historical record. For what is less known is that during those final days, scores of Americans--diplomats, soldiers, missionaries, contractors and spies--risked their lives to help their former translators, drivers, colleagues, neighbors and friends escape. By the time the last U.S. helicopter left Vietnam on April 30, 1975, these Righteous Americans had spirited 130,000 South Vietnamese to U.S. bases in Guam and the Philippines. The evacuees were resettled in the U.S. and became American citizens, the leading edge of one of America's most successful immigrant groups. Into this tale of heroism on the ground, Clarke weaves the political machinations of Henry Kissinger advising President Ford in the White House while nursing the delusions of the U.S. Ambassador in Saigon, who refused to depart. Groundbreaking, pageturning, and authoritative, Honorable Exit is a deeply moving history of Americans at a little known finest hour." --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Evacuation of civilians > Vietnam (Republic)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Campaigns.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Diplomatic history.
Vietnam (Republic) > Foreign relations > United States.
United States > Foreign relations > Vietnam (Republic)

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