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

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

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Honorable exit : how a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war
Title
Honorable exit
Title remainder
how a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war
Statement of responsibility
Thurston Clarke
Title variation
How a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war
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Author
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Language
eng
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 anarrative 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 theirlives 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 finesthour
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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Clarke, Thurston
Dewey number
959.704/31
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS557.7
LC item number
.C53 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam (Republic)
  • United States
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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
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Copyright
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Principal characters -- Preface: 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
Control code
BK0023637322
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385539647
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2018029232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration, map
Label
Honorable exit : how a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war, Thurston Clarke
Publication
Copyright
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Principal characters -- Preface: 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
Control code
BK0023637322
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385539647
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2018029232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration, map

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