“Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War,” by Thurston Clarke

The Vietnam war is, for many Americans, the war “they have spent decades trying to forget” — a war whose purpose and execution were misrepresented by presidents and generals; a war that angered the home front and brought cross-generational protest into the streets; a war that, in its theater of operations, ended as a lost cause.

By its title, “Honorable Exit” implies that, while the war itself was less than honorable…