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Title:
Honorable exit : how a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war / Thurston Clarke.
Title Variants:
How a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war
ISBN:
9780385539647
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [2019]

©2019
Physical Description:
xii, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
Contents:
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.
Abstract:
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. South Vietnamese who had supported the government in Saigon or worked with Americans faced execution, or years in a concentration camp. Clarke shows how scores of Americans risked their lives to help their former translators, drivers, colleagues, neighbors and friends escape. -- adapted from jacket
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