READING & SIGNING: Mike Archer, The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited

Join us on Saturday, March 26, from 2 to 3, when we'll celebrate the publication of Michael Archer's new book, The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited (Hellgate Press, 2016). Wayne Karlin (Wandering Souls: Journeys With the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam) writes, " us with the vivid, utterly compelling story of his stubborn devotion to a friend and of the grim reality of war and its long echoes into the lives of veterans. This is a book that will leave its grip on your heart. It deserves to stand with the classics not only of the Vietnam War but of all wars." 

Read Mike's interview with the Reno News & Review's Denis Myers.


Tom Mahoney was unquestionably the most popular member of his platoon, known for his quick smile, courage and composure under fire, and a perpetual concern for the safety of his fellow Marines, often fretfully counting heads after a combat engagement until all were accounted for. So it was with anxious fury that his buddies fought the remainder of the day to recover his body from under the effective gunfire of a well-hidden team, even resisting orders from senior Marine officers to discontinue the rescue effort and immediately carry out the scheduled abandonment of the hill. As darkness began to fall, making it impossible to continue the fight, they reluctantly left their friend behind—never forgotten and always wondering what had led to his mysterious walk into oblivion. 


Michael Archer grew up in northern California and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, an acclaimed first-person account of the infamous 77-day siege of that American combat base; A Man of His Word: The Life and Times of Nevada's Senator William J. Raggio, about one of Nevada's most courageous, honorable, and admired citizens; and The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, chronicling the author's search for answers to a friend's mysterious death at Khe Sanh. Michael lives in Reno and, in addition to his writing, is a staff member with the Senate Committee on Finance at the Nevada State Legislature.


"Michael Archer writes the simply gripping and astounding story of the death of his childhood friend and fellow Marine in The Long Goodbye, one that goes to great lengths to place that terrible event into its proper personal, historical, and geopolitical context. Everyone who dies in the service of their country deserves a friend like Archer who can write their story so powerfully and so beautifully."—Caleb Cage, co-author of The Gods of Diyala and director of Nevada’s Office of Homeland Security

"The Long Goodbye builds to a climax in contemporary Vietnam, with Archer playing the role of relentless cold-case detective, driven by loyalty and devotion to unravel the mystery of Tommy Mahoney's disappearance and to bring home his beloved friend. Many Americans would rather not remember the anguish of our lost crusade in Vietnam. In The Long Goodbye, Michael Archer reminds us why we should never forget."—Gregg Jones, foreign correspondent, investigative journalist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist author


Event date: 
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509