Bestselling historian Thurston Clarke presents a groundbreaking history of the last days of the Vietnam War and reveals the acts of American heroism that saved more than one hundred thousand South Vietnamese from communist revenge. Clarke begins “Honorable Exit” by describing the iconic photograph of the Fall of Saigon: desperate Vietnamese scrambling to board a helicopter evacuating the last American personnel from Vietnam. It is an image of U.S. failure and shame. Or is it? By unpacking the surprising story of heroism that the photograph actually tells, Clarke launches into a narrative that is both a thrilling race against time and an important corrective to the historical record.
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