Tears before the Rain

Download or Read eBook Tears before the Rain PDF written by Larry Engelmann and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 1990-08-30 with total page 408 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Tears before the Rain

Book Synopsis Tears before the Rain by : Larry Engelmann

CBS camera-man Mike Marriott was on the last plane to escape from Danang before it fell in the spring of 1975. The scene was pure chaos: thousands of panic-stricken Vietnamese storming the airliner, soldiers shooting women and children to get aboard first, refugees being trampled to death. Marriott remembers standing at the door of the aft stairway, which was gaping open as the plane took off. "There were five Vietnamese below me on the steps. As the nose of the aircraft came up, because of the force and speed of the aircraft, the Vietnamese began to fall off. One guy managed to hang on for a while, but at about 600 feet he let go and just floated off--just like a skydiver.... What was going through my head was, I've got to survive this, and at the same time, I've got to capture this on film. This is the start of the fall of a country. This country is gone. This is history, right here and now." 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, like Mike Marriott, 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 first-hand the final weeks before Saigon collapsed, from President Thieu's cataclysmic withdrawal from Pleiku and Kontum, (Colonel Le Khac Ly, put in command of the withdrawal, recalls receiving the order: "I opened my eyes large, large, large. I thought I wasn't hearing clearly") to the last-minute airlift of Americans from the embassy courtyard and roof ("I remember when the bird ascended," says Stuart Herrington, who left on one of the last helicopters, "It banked, and there was the Embassy, the parking lot, the street lights. And the silence"). Touching, heroic, harrowing, and utterly unforgettable, these dramatic narratives illuminate one of the central events of modern history. "It was like being at Waterloo," concludes Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes. "It was so important, so historical. And today it is still very obvious that we Americans have not recovered from Vietnam....Nothing else in my lifetime was as important as that--as important as Vietnam."

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  • Total Pages – 408
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780195363791
  • ISBN-13 – 0195363795

Tears Before the Rain

Download or Read eBook Tears Before the Rain PDF written by Larry Engelmann and published by . This book was released on 1990 with total page 408 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Tears Before the Rain

Book Synopsis Tears Before the Rain by : Larry Engelmann

CBS camera-man Mike Marriott was on the last plane to escape from Danang before it fell in the spring of 1975. The scene was pure chaos: thousands of panic-stricken Vietnamese storming the airliner, soldiers shooting women and children to get aboard first, refugees being trampled to death. Marriott remembers standing at the door of the aft stairway, which was gaping open as the plane took off. "There were five Vietnamese below me on the steps. As the nose of the aircraft came up, because of the force and speed of the aircraft, the Vietnamese began to fall off. One guy managed to hang on for a while, but at about 600 feet he let go and just floated off--just like a skydiver.... What was going through my head was, I've got to survive this, and at the same time, I've got to capture this on film. This is the start of the fall of a country. This country is gone. This is history, right here and now." 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, like Mike Marriott, 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 first-hand the final weeks before Saigon collapsed, from President Thieu's cataclysmic withdrawal from Pleiku and Kontum, (Colonel Le Khac Ly, put in command of the withdrawal, recalls receiving the order: "I opened my eyes large, large, large. I thought I wasn't hearing clearly") to the last-minute airlift of Americans from the embassy courtyard and roof ("I remember when the bird ascended," says Stuart Herrington, who left on one of the last helicopters, "It banked, and there was the Embassy, the parking lot, the street lights. And the silence"). Touching, heroic, harrowing, and utterly unforgettable, these dramatic narratives illuminate one of the central events of modern history. "It was like being at Waterloo," concludes Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes. "It was so important, so historical. And today it is still very obvious that we Americans have not recovered from Vietnam....Nothing else in my lifetime was as important as that--as important as Vietnam."

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  • ISBN-10 – 9780195053869
  • ISBN-13 – 0195053869

Before the Rain

Download or Read eBook Before the Rain PDF written by Luisita López Torregrosa and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This book was released on 2012 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Before the Rain

Book Synopsis Before the Rain by : Luisita López Torregrosa

A seductive memoir of a life-changing affair during a time of revolution as it unfolds over a decade and across three continents, surprising both lovers with the power and urgency of love.

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  • Publisher – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Total Pages – 241
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780547669205
  • ISBN-13 – 0547669208

When Tears Turn to Rain

Download or Read eBook When Tears Turn to Rain PDF written by IdnAc and published by LifeRich Publishing. This book was released on 2015-12-04 with total page 50 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
When Tears Turn to Rain

Book Synopsis When Tears Turn to Rain by : IdnAc

When Tears Turn to Rain tells the personal story of a woman who, at forty, made a vow to herself to give up drinking, to pursue sobriety, and to save her own life. Based upon her journal entries, where she recorded her reflections along the way, she has crafted a sparse, unblinking, and straightforward account of her struggles and achievements along the path to living a sober life. When Tears Turn to Rain focuses on the turn toward living and away from dying that the author made. As she writes, “At the age of forty, I realized that my journey was coming to an end. By this time, I was sick and shook so badly that I should have been hospitalized. But still determined to reach my destination of Skid Row, I pedaled all the harder. In December 2012, one block before I reached Skid Row, I noticed a beautiful sign that was lit up with sunshine. Its two words were the most beautiful I had ever seen: Sobriety Place.” This is the story of what happens when she heads toward that beautiful place. This memoir reveals the details of an individual’s journey into sobriety, showing how one woman faced her addiction and changed the direction of her life.

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  • Total Pages – 50
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781489706317
  • ISBN-13 – 1489706313

Tears Before the Rain

Download or Read eBook Tears Before the Rain PDF written by Larry Engelmann and published by . This book was released on 1990 with total page 375 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Tears Before the Rain

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