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Speaking and book events:

Michael Archer has been invited to participate in book events and speak at venues across the country, including:

National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia 
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
University of Nevada-Reno 
The Military History Lecture Series at Northern Kentucky University 
University of Delaware
Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts 
Eastern Kentucky University 
Casper College, Casper Wyoming 
Twelfth Annual Nevada Governor's Banquet 
Nevada Women’s History Project, Third Annual Luncheon for Writers

Michael is widely considered the preeminent expert on the fifteen-month-long battle for Khe Sanh; with his many years of historical research supplemented by vivid first-hand recollections of the fighting there as well as the difficulties of assimilating back into the civilian society after that experience.

Michael also speaks on the history of Nevada over the last hundred years, with particular emphasis on the colorful career of William J. Raggio and his contemporaries. A television interview Michael gave regarding his book A Man of His Word can be viewed at this link.

If you would like to schedule Michael to speak to your group, please contact him at or via his publisher Hellgate Press.






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MICHAEL ARCHER grew up in northern California and served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine in 1967-68.  His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered [pronounced Kay Sawn]; which VIETNAM magazine called “the best first-hand account of the battle of Khe Sanh;” A Man of His Word: The Life and Times of Nevada’s Senator William J. Raggio; and, his most recent book, The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, chronicling his search for answers to a friend’s mysterious death at Khe Sanh.  

His articles and essays have appeared in The Nevada Review, The Political History of Nevada; Reno-Tahoe magazine, Red Clay magazine as well as a variety of newspapers.  Michael’s research is frequently cited in works by writers of historical non-fiction. He was invited to Hollywood as a technical adviser on the 2013 short film Guarding Charlie and was a cast member in the 2015 documentary film The Siege of Khe Sanh. Michael  has participated in book events and spoken on a variety of topics at venues across the country, including: Eastern Kentucky University, University of Delaware, Bentley University in Massachusetts, Casper College in Wyoming and the University of Nevada, Reno.  

In addition to his writing, Michael is currently a staff member with the Senate Committee on Finance of the Nevada State Legislature and lives in Reno.