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library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors books Escape from Saigon: A Novel J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer vietnam has been called "America's first television war." For two decades, beginning in 1955, people gathered nightly in their living rooms to watch network news anchors like Walter Cronkite and correspondents in the field bring war home in a way never before witnessed. Newspapers and maga- zines like TIME and Newsweek matched television coverage with in-depth accounts of the fighting and mounting casual- ties. Across the U.S., the stories reported by the news media were cited in arguments between those for and against America's involvement in the war. The conflict was as divisive as any in our nation's history. And long before cable TV, satellite news, and the Internet, broadcast television and print journalists were our eyes and ears on the scene. Escape from Saigon (Skyhorse Publishing), a novel by Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo, follows the lives of two foreign cor- respondents among others in Vietnam's former capital for 30 days, portraying the human side of the war at its end. It is April 1975. The U.S. military has left. With the communist-supported North Vietnamese army advancing toward Saigon, refugees from the ravaged countryside are flooding into the city. The clock is ticking. Any day now, Saigon's airfield will be destroyed. All remaining Americans, including diplomats, civilians, and journalists — anyone with a connection — are told to evacuate as quickly as aircraft can land, reload, and fly them out. South Vietnamese civilians, many of whom were translators and aides promised refuge by their American employ- ers, are at the American Embassy gates, pleading to get themselves and loved ones on those flights or for safe passage to reach ships in the harbor. Seasoned war correspondents Sam Esposito and Lisette Vo know they should leave before it's too late. Nonetheless, they continue C O U R T E S Y O F S K Y H O R S E P U B L I S H I N G 174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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