Postcards from the Past: Portraits of People and Places

Postcards from the Past: Portraits of People and Places

by Sam Oglesby
     
 

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"Cool, beautiful, intelligent and elegantly arrogant, Dr. Estelle Granger ran the hospital with an iron hand.......I was stunned one morning when she burst into my office, lips trembling with rage and tears streaming from her bruised, swollen eyes......Near collapse she hoarsely implored me, 'You Americans are the big shots now. Can't you do something? Everything is…  See more details below

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"Cool, beautiful, intelligent and elegantly arrogant, Dr. Estelle Granger ran the hospital with an iron hand.......I was stunned one morning when she burst into my office, lips trembling with rage and tears streaming from her bruised, swollen eyes......Near collapse she hoarsely implored me, 'You Americans are the big shots now. Can't you do something? Everything is collapsing and nobody is in control! I don't care about myself! It's the patients! It's Vietnam!' Her words troubled me as much as the incident itself. And what she said was true. Nobody was in control. Meanwhile the Viet Cong and the NVA watched and waited." (Chapter 3 - Terres Rouges).
"Postcards from the Past" takes the reader on a journey through time and many places; from Southeast Asia to Europe to the streets of New York City. These are all true stories although some identities and nationalities have been changed. Some are humorous, some poignant; others are filled with intrigue and murder.They are all fascinating tales which chronicle the lives of a diverse collection of people - simple villagers in Java, jaded royalty in Thailand, a 60 year-old maid in Manhattan and a host of other characters including a bunch of jailbirds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462843213
Publisher:
Xlibris Corporation
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Sam Oglesby has spent most of his life in Asia living and working in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Kingdom of Bhutan and other far away places. In this memoir covering more than fifty years of adventure he takes us through palaces, slums, war, earthquakes, jail and even a hangover. Oglesby was educated at the University of Virginia and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He worked as a diplomat and an international civil servant before retiring to the South Bronx where he gardens, sings cabaret and writes about his life and experiences.

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