This morning I attended the DAR luncheon and business meeting. Our guest speaker today was Richard Peña, an Austin attorney. He is the co-author of the book, LAST PLANE OUT OF SAIGON. It is a real-time account of the anger, resistance and resilience forged by the horrors he witnessed as a draftee working in the operating room of Vietnam's largest military hospital.
In 1973, sixty-one days after the Paris Peace Accords was signed specifying that American troops must withdraw from Vietnam - one day beyond the terms of agreement - Richard was among the final handful of Americans to leave the country.
LAST PLANE OUT OF SAIGON is a faithful reproduction of the journal Richard kept in the operating room. Supporting historical and political context is provided by award-winning scholar, John Hagan.
The book is now available in paperback and as a multi-format ebook, published by Amazon.