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Goodnight Saigon honored as the Outstanding General Nonfiction Book for 2006 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors

(Goodnight Saigon was published January 4, 2005 by Penguin Group (USA), as a Berkley-Caliber hardcover book and is available worldwide in most bookstores.)

July 18, 2006, Colorado Springs, CO – The American Society of Journalists and Authors recently named Goodnight Saigon, Charles Henderson’s fourth book about the Vietnam War, as their choice for the best general nonfiction book published in 2005, honoring it with their national book award as the Outstanding General Nonfiction Book for 2006.  http://www.asja.org/awards/awar2006.php

Henderson accepted the book of the year award at ceremonies in New York on April 28, 2006, as part of the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual national writers’ conference.

In 1994, Henderson returned to Vietnam with friend and TIME Magazine photographer, Dirck Halstead, and together the team retraced all the major battle sites of the Vietnam War's final campaign that led to the Communist victory. In their journey, the two journalists interviewed and videotaped not only the leaders of both sides of the conflict, but the soldiers who fought on the front lines. These interviews included such notable people as President Gerald R. Ford, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Viet Cong, General Tran Van Tra. It is from the interviews of these men and women, civilians, journalists, front-line soldiers and political and military leaders that Henderson captures for the reader the sense of being there during the war's final days and hours.

As in his other works, Henderson writes Goodnight Saigon with vivid characterizations of the people appearing in the book, visually setting the scenes so readers can see the tale unfold, and letting dialogue and action speak, rather than simply telling the story. Goodnight Saigon, along with Henderson's three other published Vietnam War classics, Marine Sniper, Marshalling the Faithful, and Silent Warrior, are all four available in most leading bookstores throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India and other English-speaking countries.  Marshalling the Faithful is available in a new, trade paperback edition, published June 27, as well.  Goodnight Saigon will be available in paperback editions in the fall.

Henderson’s newest work, Jungle Rules, a dark comedy, based on true stories, about lawyers in Da Nang in 1968 and some of their colorful clientele, will be published in hardcover by Berkley-Caliber, a division of Penguin Group (USA), on November 7, 2006, in conjunction with this year’s November 10, Marine Corps Birthday celebrations.

Charles W. Henderson, known to many of his friends as "Bill," served a career in the United States Marine Corps, retiring in 1993 as a Chief Warrant Officer. On active duty, Henderson, a combat veteran, not only worked as a public affairs officer, but also qualified in sniper fire and marksmanship instruction, and competed nationally with rifle and pistol as a member of the shooting team at Quantico, VA. After leaving active service, Henderson joined his family and relatives in Oklahoma where he raised cattle and horses. In 1997, he moved to the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colorado where he lives today, writing books full-time, and breeding, raising and developing AQHA registered American Quarter Horses for professional competition.

In addition to authoring books and novels, Henderson also works as a freelance journalist, taking assignments from such national and international publications as LIFE Magazine and United Press International. He has expertise in such diverse subjects as sniper warfare and tactics, terrorism and other national security and defense related issues, financial markets, economics, animal science and agriculture. He is also an avid hunter and fisherman, deeply involved with environmental, fisheries and wildlife issues, conservation and land management.

Charles Henderson is represented by literary agent Bob Markel at Markel Enterprises in New York City. Bob Markel can be reached at (212) 752-0607, or email at rjmarkel@verizon.net.

To reach Charles Henderson by telephone, fax or through regular mail, please send postal items to his office address at 16580 Fannin Circle, Peyton, CO 80831, or call his office telephone (719) 749-0492, or fax (719) 749-0189. Henderson gladly autographs books for readers and welcomes their solicitations. Books sent for autographs and personal inscriptions should include a suitable return mail container with sufficient postage pre-paid. Please allow two weeks for return of these books. Henderson may also be contacted through electronic mail through this web site, or by sending email directly to him at Charles.Henderson@charleshenderson.net .

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