Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 August 1990

408 Pages | 30 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195053869

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Tears before the Rain

An Oral History of the Fall of South Vietnam

Larry Engelmann

In Tears Before the Rain, a stunning oral history of the fall of South Vietnam, Larry Engelmann has gathered together the testimony of seventy eyewitnesses (both American and Vietnamese) who capture the feel of history "right here and now." We hear the voices of nurses, pilots, television and print media figures, the American Ambassador Graham Martin, the CIA station chief Thomas Polgar, Vietnamese generals, Amerasian children, even Vietcong and North Vietnamese soldiers.Through this extraordinary range of perspectives, we experience firsthand the final weeks before Saigon collapsed, from President Thieu's cataclysmic withdrawl from Pleiku and Kontum to the last-minute airlift of Americans from the embassy courtyard and roof. Touching, heroic, harrowing, and utterly unforgettable, these dramatic narratives illuminate one of the central events of modern history.