Inside the Book
After the evacuation, the Saigon staff gathered outside the refugee tents at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, California, 1975.
Smiling faces on the Saigon staff thirty years after the Fall of Saigon at a reunion in 2005, Orange County, California. Chuyen Uong is first row, far left, the author is center of the first row kneeling next to Tran Minh Ha, Pham T. Cuc is second from left in the second row.
The book provides lots of details, replete with lots of reconstructed quotes, of Riordan's against-the-odds mission. And it has a string of happy endingsa rare and good thing for a book about the American war in Vietnam.”-VVA Veteran
"John Riordan is a quiet, gentle man who defied his bosses and in many ways his own nature when he rescued 106 of his Vietnamese colleagues and their families in the closing days of South Vietnam's collapse. He did it in a plot so devious and ingenious, I doubt even Graham Greene could have thought it up. Now he is telling the story in a book masterfully written with verve and heart. So hats off to John Riordan for his astonishing act of derring-do and for writing a great book." -Lesley Stahl, correspondent for 60 Minutes
"John Riordan has provided a moving testament to the redeeming power of human decency even in one of the darkest chapters of American history. Bravo for what he accomplished and for this riveting book." -Craig R. Whitney, former Vietnam bureau chief of The New York Times