On April 30, 1975, for 24 straight harrowing hours, a small band of U.S. Marines exhibited exceptional bravery to evacuate thousands from Saigon as North Vietnamese forces surged toward the city. Based on a wealth of recently declassified documents and in-depth, firsthand accounts, Last Men Out is the pulse-pounding story of that day, told primarily through the courageous actions of the eleven men who were the last to be flown off the U.S. embassy roof, rescued from certain death just moments before capture. Among them: Marine Captain Gerry Berry, who piloted his helicopter for eighteen hours straight and had to forcibly carry off the American ambassador, and General Richard Carey, who insisted that he would arrest any officer who ordered choppers grounded while there were still Marines in Saigon. Bob Drury and Tom Clavin gained unprecedented access to the actual transmissions between helicopter pilots, officers, and officials in Saigon, secretly recorded by the National Security Agency, and have had the full cooperation of the eight surviving men of those last eleven. Last Men Out unfolds with all the heart-stopping urgency of the best thrillers---a riveting true story finally told, in full, by those who lived it.
©2011 Bob Drury and Tom Clavin (P)2011 Tantor
"Last Men Out tells the real story behind one of the most-referenced but least-understood episodes in recent American history. It's a gripping tale of heroism and heartbreak---and a reminder of the price paid by those who do our nation's bidding." (Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away)
"Last Men Out" is the harrowing story of the final days of South Vietnam and the fall of Saigon, the heroic airlift that attempted to get as many people as possible out ... and almost succeeded ... and the amazing Marines who stayed to the very end to try and save as many of the US's Vietnamese allies as possible.
It's not easy listening, but it IS very well read and riveting stuff. I knew most of it, of course, because I remember when it happened and I followed it with morbid fascination at the time ... but for all that, I'd never heard it all "put together" before. Plenty of blame to go around ... but nonetheless a few things that we can, perhaps, be proud of. It was an awful war and the way we left is a pretty hard lump to swallow, but this is one heck of an audiobook. It is read at a leisurely pace with a careful attention to correctly pronouncing the place names, which is a pleasant departure from other history books I've listened to lately.
It's almost lyrical. The material is pretty unpalatable, but even so, it is a really good listen.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
The story of the last days of the long bitter American experience in Vietnam, and like most of the events that transpired during this low mark of American history it was handled badly. As it was with much of the rest of the war our exit was badly thought out, poorly executed, and racked with incompetence. There was far too much diddling about, too many of those in power gave in to wishful thinking and refused to face the facts. Finally, as it was with most of the war the ground troops got screwed by both the civilian and military leadership and yet performed in a manner that should have made the country proud. Though far too many of those who had cooperated with, and played a part in our war effort were left behind, orders to evacuate were ignored as long as possible in order to evacuate many of the Vietnamese people. Those who would have been killed or placed in "re-education" camps for years only to die much slower deaths. The roles of Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, and American Ambassador Graham Martin are revealed as was the attitudes of much of Congress at the time. It was an excellent listen and it filled me with both pride and shame in my country and it's leadership. Recommended for all those who have connections with the era as well as those who have a taste for history.
Within a few pages the authors masterfully pull the reader right alongside these embassy guard Marines and diplomats in a way that their stories are not just read but shared. This is truly an outstanding example of expertly telling the activities and emotions of multiple characters in multiple locations and weaving their lives into a coherent and thoroughly captivating narrative. The reading by Bronson Pinchot, the TV and movie actor, is absolutely brilliant. Pinchot delivers an energetic reading with exactly the right amount of dramatic infusion to add to the already gripping story being told.
Not sure,maybe some one oh was not their. It did not keep my interest,and it did not make me interested in going on to find out what happened at the end.
It was boring
Narrator was good story drug
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