|America's Best-Selling Authors: Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo||| Print ||
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Michael Morris, who grew up in New York City was drafted into the US Army at the height of the war. He saw combat as a nineteen-year-old infantry sergeant in 1967–68, where he served in the northern I Corps region during some of the war’s fiercest fighting, including the 1968 Tet Offensive that changed the course of the conflict. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
He later earned his master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and became a reporter and feature writer for Gannett Newspapers in New York, where he wrote for the debut issues of USA Today.
His journalism career included stints as an editor and contributor to TIME, Sports Illustrated, Wired, and Popular Science. He is author of several books on the home and sports. Mike returned to Vietnam in 2015 with a delegation of scholars, journalists and authors to examine the changes that have taken place since the events portrayed in Escape from Saigon.
Dick Pirozzolo served during the Vietnam War as a US Air Force information officer in Saigon, where he was a media spokesperson and participant at the daily press briefings nicknamed “The Five O’clock Follies.”
He developed a lasting affection for Vietnam and its people, figuring prominently in fostering US-Vietnam post war reconciliation and trade.
His articles on Vietnam have appeared in The Boston Herald, Transpacific, The Washington Times and Destination Vietnam to name a few publications.
He is a member of the Foreign Press Association and serves on the editorial board of Boston Global Forum, a think tank with ties to Harvard University that advances peaceful solutions to global conflict and fosters cultural, commercial, and political ties with Vietnam.
Dick is managing director of Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, an international communication consulting firm in Boston.
The Book: "Escape from Saigon"
Few thirty-day periods in history have been more tumultuous than the fall of Saigon in April of 1975. With US military gone for two years, the North Vietnamese Army routed South Vietnam's forces. Refugees poured into a city once known as the Paris of the Orient. The world watched and waited for what many expected would be a bloodbath. "Escape from Saigon" follows the people trapped in the besieged city. Among them: a former GI attempting to rescue his Vietnamese wife's relatives; a Vietnamese-American network TV reporter; an American businessman risking his life to smuggle out his employees; and the remaining US diplomats, military liaisons, and CIA operatives. The NVA onslaught is spearheaded by two officers--one intent on restraint, the other bent on revenge in this final chapter of a war that has already taken millions of lives.
"Escape from Saigon" is a story of a city and its inhabitants struggling to survive in its most desperate hours--a tale that stays true to the historic record while recounting moments of human hardship, courage, and triumph.
Casey Sherman, New York Times Bestselling Author of "The Finest Hours"
"Escape from Saigon is a sweeping saga that places you dead center in the tumultuous final days of the war in Vietnam. Authors Mike Morris and Dick Pirozzolo carry on the grand tradition of Michener and Clavell in that they make history come alive through rich, compelling characters in a pulsating narrative that is both timely and timeless."
Winston Groom, author of "Better Times Than These" and "Forrest Gump"
"Set during the final days of the Vietnam War, Escape From Saigon brings to life the war-torn lives of the men and women, soldiers and civilians alike trapped in the capital city, each trying to escape the fall of Saigon before it engulfs them all. A vivid, unvarnished vision." on Vietnam have
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