I provide information and insights about the battle for Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. My books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited (awarded Foreword Reviews 2016 INDIES Book of the Year) and The Gunpowder Prince: How Marine Corps Captain Mirza Munir Baig Saved Khe Sanh.
Michael Archer, Soldier/Author/Historian, Will Give Us an Overview of His New Book: “The Gunpowder Prince”
Michael Archer was born in Oakland, California and served as a U.S. Marine in South Vietnam in 1967-68, where he was among 6,000 Americans who withstood the harrowing and costly siege of Khe Sanh by over 30,000 of North Vietnam’s finest assault forces—equipped with tanks and heavy artillery.
Michael moved to Nevada in 1978, and after a career in federal service and raising a family, pursued his lifelong dream of writing. His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, which VIETNAM magazine called “The best first-hand account of the battle of Khe Sanh;” and The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, chronicling his search for answers to a friend’s mysterious death at Khe Sanh and the grim aftermath of war. The Long Goodbye received FOREWORD Reviews “INDIES Book of the Year Award” for 2016, chosen from among hundreds of independent publishers and university presses across the nation.
His most recent book (2018), The Gunpowder Prince: How Marine Corps Captain Mirza Munir Baig Saved Khe Sanh, reveals a little known aspect of that infamous battle, in which a 36-year-old Cambridge-educated, immigrant from India used his unique combination of brilliant deductive skills, expertise in artillery, and years of secretive counterintelligence work, including the development of spy networks extending deep into the enemy’s military organizations, to "get into the heads" of his adversary and—like a chess grand master—anticipate their every move on the battlefield.
The author also enjoys writing about the history of his adoptive state, and in 2011 published the sweeping biography A Man of His Word: The Life & Times of Nevada’s Senator William J. Raggio. Michael’s articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Nevada Review and the Political History of Nevada—2016. In addition to writing, Michael enjoys participating in each session of the Nevada Legislature as a staff member with the Senate Committee on Finance.
He has three children and lives in Reno with his wife Becky.