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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781452670973
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On April 30, 1975, for twenty-four straight harrowing hours, a small band of United States Marines exhibited exceptional bravery to evacuate thousands from Saigon as North Vietnamese forces surged toward the city. Based on a wealth of recently declassified documents and in-depth, firsthand accounts, Last Men Out is the pulse-pounding story of that day, told primarily through the courageous actions of the eleven men who were the last to be flown off the US embassy roof, rescued from certain death just moments before capture. Among them: Marine Captain Gerry Berry, who piloted his helicopter for eighteen hours straight and had to forcibly carry off the American ambassador, and General Richard Carey, who insisted that he would arrest any officer who ordered choppers grounded while there were still Marines in Saigon.

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin gained unprecedented access to the actual transmissions between helicopter pilots, officers, and officials in Saigon, secretly recorded by the National Security Agency, and have had the full cooperation of the eight surviving men of those last eleven.

Last Men Out unfolds with all the heart-stopping urgency of the best thrillers—a riveting true story finally told, in full, by those who lived it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exciting, focused account…A thrilling narrative of bravery, bravado, and loss.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Last Men Out tells the real story behind one of the most-referenced but least-understood episodes in recent American history. It's a gripping tale of heroism and heartbreak---and a reminder of the price paid by those who do our nation's bidding. Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/11/2014

    " Chaos and heroism as Saigon falls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Mahowald | 1/1/2014

    " This book was riveting. Those of us from the Baby Boomer generation will remember that Saigon fell on April 30, 1975. This book will take you through the final days, the historic airlift of people fleeing the country, and the final US military members who were the last to leave the US Embassy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/14/2013

    " This is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel. I was born after the Vietnam War ended and this book does an excellent job of describing the US Governments screw-ups there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Brown | 11/29/2013

    " Good read. Very detailed account of the last hours in Vietnam. Thoroughly researched and documented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2013

    " Nonfiction can be incredibly suspenseful if you've never heard the whole story. This book is a dramatized version that reads more like fiction. Page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Dikes | 2/15/2013

    " Pretty good tale of the last American Marines to leave Vietnam in 1975. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 5/5/2012

    " Last days of Vietnam from the soldiers' perspective--great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dariggle | 12/12/2011

    " Cheerleading for forgotten Marine guards at the Saigon embassy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 10/26/2011

    " Really, really good. Scary how we almost left Marines in Vietnam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 7/28/2011

    " Fantastic read on a period of the Vietnam war that tends to be glossed over compared to Tet, the Easter offensive, etc. It is written in an almost blow by blow manner. Easy to follow even though it jumps between characters somewhat frequently, but it's very concise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 6/7/2011

    " Strong recitation of the last few days of US presence in Saigon. "

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About the Author

Bob Drury, a Men’s Health contributing editor and chief military correspondent, has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Darfur, among other sites. He is also the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous nonfiction books, including The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of US Marines in Combat, and the recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2010 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for nonfiction.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.