Tom Glenn reads from Last of the Annamese, an autobiographical novel based on his experiences in 1975 at the end of the war in Vietnam. Glenn, who was an intelligence operative during the war, crafts a tragic love story set against the backdrop of geopolitical drama as communist forces take control of Saigon.He will be joined by Peter Eisner, who reads from his recent book, MacArthur's Spies, a nonfiction account of the soldier, singer, spymaster and others who fought against Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, paving the way MacArthur’s return.
Tom Glenn is author of four novels, Friendly Casualties, No-Accounts: Dare Mighty Things, The Trion Syndrome, and Last of the Annamese. He has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a care-giver for the dying, a leadership coach and, always, a writer. Much of his fiction came from the better part of thirteen years he operated under cover in Vietnam before escaping under fire when Saigon fell. His book reviews have appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books.
Peter Eisner, a veteran foreign correspondent, has been deputy foreign editor and Washington, D.C, political
editor with the Washington Post, foreign editor and senior foreign correspondent of Newsday, and bureau chief and correspondent for AP in the US and Latin America. Eisner is the former managing director of the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog organization. He is the author or coauthor of five previous books, including The Pope’s Last Crusade, The Italian Letter, and The Freedom Line, winner of the Christopher Award.
(Please note that Writer's Center readings will take place at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, near the Bethesda Metro station at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, through the summer as we undergo renovations to our building on Walsh Street.)