NEW BOOK: The Last Helicopter: Two Lives in Indochina 

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Will She Make It Out Alive?   

War *  Love *  Survival 

As radical Communist forces encircle Phnom Penh, Cambodia, dangers mount and a brutal war draws to a catastrophic end. A young war reporter plans a last-minute rescue of the woman he fell in love with five years before.

 The rescue fails. 

Overcome with feelings of guilt, the reporter is lifted out of the Cambodian capital five days before its collapse. He goes on to Vietnam just in time to see the fall of Saigon. He vows somehow to return to Cambodia and keep his promise of rescue. 

Meanwhile, his former lover, Sinan, is trapped in her homeland. It doesn’t take long before she is taken to one of the Khmer Rouge’s infamous commune work camps. Faced with deadly adversaries, Sinan now must plot to survive in what she calls "my prison without walls."

A years-long search ensues. As the reporter crisscrosses the globe trying to locate Sinan, he grapples with heartrending questions: Could Sinan have survived the war? Will he find her? And if he does, will she forgive him?

Drawn from recorded interviews with Sinan and from the contemporaneous writings of Jim Laurie, The Last Helicopter: Two Lives in Indochina captures the tensions, fears, and extremes of the early 1970s. Yet it also recalls life in places of grace and exotic beauty that have disappeared forever. The story of a young man's coming of age and a young woman's struggle for survival, this moving true account will stay with readers for years to come.


From 1972 to 2000,  Jim Laurie was an Emmy, Peabody and Overseas Press Club Award winning international radio and television correspondent. He roamed the world first for NBC News and then ABC News. He has produced and written documentary films on Cambodia, Japan, China, and Vietnam and interviewed noted world leaders over the past 45 years including China’s Deng Xiaoping, India’s Indira Gandhi, Cambodia’s Norodom Sihanouk, the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. 


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Books to which Jim Laurie has made contributions:

 David Halberstam, War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals, Scribner, 2001

--- Comments on international journalism in the 1990's and coverage of the Balkans on page 163

Ted Koppel & Kyle Gibson, Nightline, Times Books, 1996

--- story of America’s best known late night news program and its China coverage (1989) and Balkans (1990's)

Orville Schell, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, 1993

--- Schell's account of the Tiananmen Democracy period re-tells Laurie's Story of one Chinese worker imprisoned for a television interview.

 David Halberstam, The Next Century, William Morrow, 1991

--- the late Pulitzer Prize Winner’s forward reflections on 2000 plus. 

Sandra Burton, Impossible Dream, Warner Books, 1989

--- an account of the Aquino "Yellow" Revolution in the Philippines, 1986.  Sandy and I were among the "witnesses" to the murder of Benigno Aquino after a 1984 flight from Taipei to Manila 

 Tim Bowden, One Crowded Hour, Collins, 1987

--- an account of the life of renowned Australian cameraman, journalist, mentor and friend Neil Davis . 

John Pilger, Heroes, Jonathan Cape, 1986

---  Australian born journalist's memoirs in which Laurie's 1980 observations of Cambodia are recalled.

  David Butler, The Fall of Saigon, Simon & Schuster, 1985

--- an account of the Communist victory in Vietnam In 1975 .

William Shawcross, The Quality of Mercy, Simon &Schuster, 1984

--- an account of flawed international relief operations of the 70's & 80's.

 Alan Dawson, 55 Days, The Fall of Vietnam, Prentice Hall, 1977