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The last helicopter : two lives in Indochina

Author: Jim Laurie
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : FocusAsia Productions Ltd., 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"As wars in Cambodia and Vietnam come to an end, a young reporter plans a last-minute rescue of a woman he loved. The rescue fails. He is helicoptered out of the Cambodian capital days before its collapse and goes on to Vietnam in time to see the fall of Saigon. He vows somehow to return to keep his promise of rescue. Meanwhile, his former lover, Sinan, is trapped in what she calls 'my prison without walls.' Drawn  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Named Person: Jim Laurie; Sinan Soc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Laurie
ISBN: 9781735120300 1735120308
OCLC Number: 1227653270
Description: 358 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: A homecoming --
Events we could not foresee --
Café au lait --
The smiles of Bayon --
Scrambled eggs and mad minutes --
War, love, and tattered diaries --
MED team C --
Dress rehearsal for the final act --
Collapse: part 1 --
Khmer New Year --
Angkar --
Vann, Saorun, and Eric --
New friends --
Saigon: a plan --
"No one should be afraid" --
Collapse: part 2 --
"Prison without walls" --
Giai Phong --
"Change will come soon" --
Letters of '79 --
Reunion --
Food for thought --
Reflections on genocide and survival --
Ashes to ashes.
Responsibility: Jim Laurie.

Abstract:

"As wars in Cambodia and Vietnam come to an end, a young reporter plans a last-minute rescue of a woman he loved. The rescue fails. He is helicoptered out of the Cambodian capital days before its collapse and goes on to Vietnam in time to see the fall of Saigon. He vows somehow to return to keep his promise of rescue. Meanwhile, his former lover, Sinan, is trapped in what she calls 'my prison without walls.' Drawn from recorded interviews with Soc Sinan and from Jim Laurie's contemporaneous writing, The last helicopter is a memoir capturing the tensions of the early 1970s, while also recalling places of grace and beauty now gone forever"--Back cover.

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