Few thirty-day periods in history have been more tumultuous than the fall of Saigon in April of 1975.

With US military now gone from Vietnam for two years, the North Vietnamese Army was able to rout South Vietnam’s forces, resulting in thousands of refugees pouring into Saigon. The world watched and waited for what many expected would be a bloodbath.

Escape from Saigon is a Vietnam War fictionn that follows The lives of those trapped in the besieged city. Among them are a American and foreign correspondents including a Lisette Vo the Vietnamese-American television journalist who covers the events of Apri, 1975; Sam Esposito the tough Washington Legand  reporter, an American businessman who adopts 300 of his employees in a ruse to get them out; and the last remaining US diplomats and State Department employees in Saigon, including the American ambassador Graham Martin, military liaisons, CIA operatives and double agents.

Escape from Saigon also looks at the last days of the war from other side. The North Vietnamese onslaught is spearheaded by two officers—one intent on maintaining military restraint, the other bent on revenge.

Escape from Saigon sweeps up families, friends, and comrades in this final chapter of a war that has already sacrificed millions of lives.

Escape from Saigon is a story of Saigon 1975 and its inhabitants struggling to survive in its most desperate hours—a tale that stays true to the historic record while recounting moments of human hardship, courage, and triumph.

Winston Groom, author of Better Times Than These and Forrest Gump, writes:

“Escape From Saigon brings to life the war-torn lives of the men and women, soldiers and civilians alike trapped in the capital city, each trying to escape the fall of Saigon before it engulfs them all. A vivid, unvarnished vision."

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From PBS Newshour  aired on the 40th anniversary of the end of The Vietnam war, April 30, 1975. 

As Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, marks the anniversary of the end of the war, a group of journalists and former Marines revisited the country to remember one of the most significant chapters of their lives. 

Correspondent Mike Cerre, who served in Vietnam, reports.


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