Jerrold L. Schecter

The Palace File: Vietnam Secret Documents

Selected as one of the New York Times' best books of the year, 1986

"A fascinating acerbic, and valuable account of international diplomacy at its darkest." --Kirkus Reviews

"The Palace File focuses on one of the most lamentable and least known subplots of the Vietnam War:the tumultuous period from the final withdrawal of US troops in 1973 to the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Co-authored by a prominent American journalist and by one of the closest advisors of President Nguyen Van Thieu, this book is based on more than 30 previously unpublished letters from Presidents Nixon and Ford to the South Vietnamese leader. The theme of broken promises underlies the letters and the book; above all,the explicit and repeated commitment by the two American presidents (and by their Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger)to sustain South Vietnam after the Paris Peace Accords-a commitment that was never honored...Compelling reading." --Sunday Telegram (Wooster, MA)

Selected Works

Nonfiction
Seventy years of hidden Cold War secrets reveal the struggle between the Soviet empire and the United States.
"The most sensational, the most devestating, and in many ways the most informative autobiography ever to emerge from the Stalinist milieu."
--Robert Conquest
How A Soviet Colonel Changed The Course Of The Cold War
History
The remarkable story of the secret letters from Nixon and Ford to the president of South Vietnam, and the American promises that were never kept