Tears Before The Rain

Tears Before The Rain

by Larry Engelmann


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In this stunning history, soldiers and civilians, both American and Vietnamese, tell what it was like in the spring of 1975 as Hanoi carried out its final, successful offensive against the Republic of Vietnam. Generals, ambassadors, pilots, marines, politicians, doctors, seamen, flight attendants, journalists, children, and even Vietcong soldiers describe the growing demoralization, panic, and chaos as the collapse gained momentum. American survivors recall with raw emotions the escape of the last airliner out of Danang, the chilling helicopter airlift from the U.S. embassy roof in Saigon, and the painful abandonment of their South Vietnamese allies. Former boat people relate their hair-raising encounters with Thai pirates; and in a new postscript, an American government official describes the resettlement of 130,000 Vietnamese refugees in America over the ensuing months. Touching, heroic, and unforgettable, these dramatic narratives illuminate the closing act of one of the central events of modern history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306807893
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 5.39(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Larry Engelmann lives in San Jose, California. He is the author of three books, and his stories have appeared in prominent magazines nationwide. He is currently writing a book on a group of women intelligence officers in the People's Liberation Army of China.

Table of Contents

Part 1Americans
I.Last Flight from Danang3
III.The Congressional Delegation26
IV.American Embassy33
V.Central Intelligence Agency60
VI.Defense Attache Office75
VII.Joint Military Team93
VIII.Military Sealift Command107
XI.Washington, D.C.148
XIV.San Clemente, California221
Part 2Vietnamese
Part 3Aftermath
XIX.Bui Doi: Dust of the Earth317
Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms361

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