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Honourable Exit: how a few brave Americans risked all to save their Vietnamese allies at the end of the war Kindle Edition
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`In this intelligent study, [Thurston Clarke] shows how in those final days a motley group of soldiers, diplomats, missionaries and spies airlifted more than 130,000 refugees to America - all in defiance of superiors and public opinion. He creates a nuanced portrait of those days that popular misconceptions of the iconic photograph miss: a complex one of guilt, betrayal and honour.' -- Steven Carrol * Sydney Morning Herald, `Non-Fiction Pick of the Week' * `Thurston Clarke's Honourable Exit is the missing book on the Fall of Saigon we've been waiting for. Among other things, it is a brilliant recounting of President Gerald Ford's vital leadership during the last days of the Vietnam War. Over 130,000 South Vietnamese allies were saved because of Ford's moral certitude. An epic narrative history for the ages!' -- Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite `Thurston Clarke has a genius for finding episodes in history that deserve re-examination. Just as the U.S. rescued its employees and allies from the embassy roof, this gifted story-teller has found gems of heroism, honour, and suspense in an agonising chapter of the American story.' -- Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state and distinguished fellow in residence at Brookings `America's years in Vietnam were full of shame, but the last days of the war saw a remarkable effort at redemption. Breaking rules set by their higher-ups, ordinary Americans - servicemen, diplomats, spies, private citizens - moved heaven and earth to get their Vietnamese friends and allies to safety. Thurston Clarke's Honourable Exit brings this little-known story to light with the speed and power of a riveting thriller. It challenges us to remember a time when Americans refused to abandon desperate people in a far-off country. It's a kind of Schindler's List for America's lost war.' -- George Packer, author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq and The Unwinding: an inner history of the new America `Filled with new information and riveting recreations of daring rescues, this book adds significantly to the history of a notable moment in U.S. military history.' -- Publishers Weekly `In this moving account of the "Righteous Americans", Clarke celebrates the forgotten men and women who, in the face of great opposition, managed to pull off an epic humanitarian and immigration success story. A powerful and inspiring lesson in courage that could not be more relevant today.' -- Rory Kennedy, Academy Award-nominated director and producer of Last Days in Vietnam `Vietnam is America's unfinished war - unfinished because so many, men and women, have yet to come home body and soul. Honourable Exit is that homecoming. Beautifully written, achingly poignant, scrupulously reported, this story is a revelation. We see history in ways we hadn't imagined. Honourable Exit is a book for every generation of readers.' -- Doug Stanton, #1 New York Times best-selling author of 12 Strong and The Odyssey of Echo Company
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.
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