Michael Archer has written three books about the fighting at Khe Sanh.

Vietnam War

Author Michael Archer during siege of Khe Sanh



Michael  Archer was born and raised in Oakland, California and served for a year in South Vietnam as a U.S. Marine, which included the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh in 1968.

 His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, which VIETNAM magazine called, “The best first-hand account of the battle” and The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, chronicling the author’s search for answers to a friend’s mysterious death at Khe Sanh. The Long Goodbye won FOREWORD Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award for 2016, chosen from among hundreds of submissions by independent publishers and university presses across the country. 

Michael’s third book in the trilogy, The Gunpowder Prince:  How Marine Corps Captain Mirza Munir Baig Saved Khe Sanh, won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for “distinguished book of biographical literature.” 

Michael is frequently invited to speak about his work at colleges, universities and organizations across the country. He lives in Reno, Nevada.





Michael also enjoys writing the history of his adoptive state, and in 2011 released his critically acclaimed book,

 A Man of His Word: The Life & Times of Nevada’s Senator William J. Raggio.  Michael’s articles and essays have appeared in The Nevada Review literary magazine and the Political History of Nevada-2016. 

Michael is senior proofreader for the Senate Committee on Finance during each biennial session of the Nevada State Legislature.