April 30 Marks The 43rd Anniversary Of The End Of The Vietnam War Rekindling Interest And Reflection
"Escape from Saigon - a Novel", set entirely during April 1975, captures the fear, cunning and bravery of ordinary people during that pivotal event in history
April 30, 2018 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Vietnam War that ended in 1975, with the anniversary rekindling interest in a protracted war that began for America when the US sent its first military advisors there in November of 1950.
Says Dick Pirozzolo, coauthor with Michael Morris of “Escape from Saigon – a Novel” set entirely during the final month of the war and with North Vietnamese tanks bursting through the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace gates, “Vietnam is particularly relevant today as Americans look back on that protracted war to grapple with our current role in Middle East hostilities and the global refugee crisis. The Syrian civil war, several sources agree, has produced one fourth of the world’s current refugees. But the Trump Administration has put the brakes on accepting any of them. By contrast, at the end of the Vietnam the US immediately opened its doors to 125,000 Vietnamese refugees. Additional waves of refugees who were followed later by ordinary immigrants swelled the Vietnamese-born US population to over one million by 2012, who have contributed to the economy and fabric of American society.”
“Escape from Saigon” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, January 2017, 264 pages) “captures the tension and fear that mounted during April of 1975 as it follows the lives of both ordinary and powerful people trapped in the besieged French Colonial city once known as The Pearl of the Orient,” explains Pirozzolo.
Among the characters in the novel are NBS-TV’s first Vietnamese-American correspondent who chronicles the watershed events during what was dubbed America’s first television war, the hard-hitting Sam Esposito of The Washington Legend who infuriate Richard Nixon with his investigative reports, an American businessman who risked his life to smuggle out his employees; a French expatriate barkeep who is hanging on the last vestiges of colonialism, as well as American diplomats, including the disillusioned Ambassador Graham Martin, CIA operatives, spies and double agents.
About The Authors
Both Pirozzolo and Morris are decorated Vietnam veterans, career journalists and writers with five nonfiction books to their credit.
Morris served in the U.S. Army in 1967-68 and was awarded the Purple Heart. Following his return to the States, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University – Graduate School of Journalism, wrote for USA Today and later became an editor and contributor to a number of Times-Mirror magazines and The New York Times.
Pirozzolo was awarded the Bronze Star for service as a US Air Force press officer in Saigon where he often participated during the official daily press briefings aptly nicknamed, “The Five O’clock Follies.”
After returning home, he became a newspaper reporter, freelance journalist and communication consultant. During the mid-1990s Pirozzolo played a prominent role in US-Vietnam reconciliation and recently covered the shift of Vietnam from enemy to a key US ally and trading partner. As a member of the editorial board of Boston Global Forum—a Harvard affiliated think tank—he remains active in US-Vietnam relations.
The novel has won praise from:
Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump who wrote, “Escape from Saigon brings to life the lives of the men and women trapped in the capital city,” and
Casey Sherman, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Finest Hours, and Boston Strong who wrote, “Escape from Saigon is a sweeping saga…in the grand tradition of Michener and Clavell,”
Llewellyn King, executive producer and host of PBS-TV’s “White House Chronicle, put it this way: “Escape from Saigon has the same ring of authenticity as Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. Its portrait of city in extremis is chilling and completely engrossing.”
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