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Published for the fortieth anniversary of the final days of the Vietnam War, They Are All My Family is the suspenseful and moving tale of how John P. Riordan, an assistant manager of Citibank’s Saigon branch, devised a daring plan to save 106 Vietnamese from the dangers of the Communist takeover.

Riordan—who had left the military behind for a career in international banking—was not the type to take dramatic action, but once the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon in April 1975, and it was clear that Riordan’s Vietnamese colleagues and their families would be stranded in a city teetering on total collapse, he knew that he could not leave them behind. Defying the objections of his superiors and going against the official policy of the United States, Riordan went back into Saigon to save them.

In fifteen harrowing trips to Saigon’s airport, he maneuvered through the bureaucratic shambles, claiming that the Vietnamese were his wife and scores of children. It was a ruse that, at times, veered close to failure, yet against all odds, the improbable plan succeeded.

They Are All My Family is a vivid narrative of an ingenious strategy that transformed a time of enormous peril into a display of extraordinary courage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “A nail-biting account of one man’s quiet heroism in the face of impossible odds.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “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

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About the Author

John P. Riordan is a former Vice President of Citibank. After receiving his MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Riordan joined the United States Army Medical Service Corps, landing in Vietnam at the end of the 1968 Tet Offensive where he was assigned to a clandestine unit, Studies and Observations Group. Riordan went on to a banking career and spent more than a decade working with Citibank with a focus on the bank’s branches in East Asia. Riordan left the banking world in 1982 to focus on real estate investments, and now owns and runs an environmental farm in Wisconsin next to some really big buffalo.

About the Narrator

Corey M. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice talent from the great Pacific Northwest working from his home studio in Olympia, Washington. Before becoming a narrator, he was a typesetter, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a software developer, and much more. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including the DeChance Chronicles by David Niall Wilson, Crescent Lake by David Sakmyster, and the riveting Black Hearts by Time magazine editor Jim Frederick.