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An Evening with Doug Stanton – National Writers Series – September 17, 2017

An Evening with Doug StantonNational Writers Series Co-Founder Doug Stanton is the critically acclaimed author of two New York Times bestselling nonfiction books: his 2001 breakout work, In Harm’s Way, about the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, and 2009’s Horse Soldiers, named a “Notable Book” by The New York Times and currently in development as a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.

Stanton joins his editor, Colin Harrison, to talk about his new book, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle of Echo Company to Survive the Vietnam War. When the North Vietnamese began bombarding 36 cities scattered across South Vietnam—an infamous campaign known as the Tet Offensive—the war escalated to previously unmatched heights. Causing major alarm back in the States, it would be a turning point in the public’s tolerance of the war.

Back on the front lines, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops fought for their lives. Of those entangled in the offensive, many perished. Those who returned home were greeted with disdain or disregard.

Now the remarkable story of a small platoon called Echo Company will be told. Stanton conducted first-person interviews with soldiers, traveled to former battlegrounds, and pored over letters sent to and from Echo Company, as well as an abundance of Pentagon reports, photographs, and filmed footage. The story ends with one soldier finding closure in the country where it all began.

Stanton, a Traverse City native, has written on subjects ranging from travel and sports to history and entertainment. His writing has appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, TIME, Men’s Journal, the Washington Post, and Outside Magazine—whose founding editor, Terry McDonell, will take the NWS stage in October. He lectures nationally and has taught creative writing and English at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He and his wife, Anne, have three children and live in Traverse City.

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September 17, 2017,  7 pm
City Opera House, Traverse City
Guest host: Colin Harrison
Event Sponsor: Chemical Bank 

Doors open at 6 pm with live music, cash bar and Morsels sweet treats. Q & A and book signing post event.


Ticketing: Call  231-941-8082, ext. 201, or stop by the City Opera House Box Office located at 106 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City, Michigan.

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