Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia 1961-1973

Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia 1961-1973

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by Stuart I. Rochester, Frederick Kiley
     
 

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In this landmark study, two respected scholars provide a comprehensive, balanced, and authoritative account of what happened to the nearly eight hundred Americans captured during the Vietnam War. The authors were granted unprecedented access to previously unreleased materials and interviewed more than a hundred former POWs to meticulously reconstruct their

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In this landmark study, two respected scholars provide a comprehensive, balanced, and authoritative account of what happened to the nearly eight hundred Americans captured during the Vietnam War. The authors were granted unprecedented access to previously unreleased materials and interviewed more than a hundred former POWs to meticulously reconstruct their captivity record and produce a compelling narrative of this sketchy chapter of the war. First published in 1999, some twenty-five years after the prisoners were released from Hanoi, the book remains a powerful and moving portrait of how men cope with physical and psychological ordeals under horrific conditions. Its analysis of the shifting tactics and temperaments of both captive and captor as the war evolved, skillfully weaves domestic political developments and battlefield action with prison scenes that alternate between Hanoi's concrete cells, South Vietnam's jungle stockades, and mountain camps in Laos. Details are included of dozens of cases of individual acts of bravery and resistance from such heroes as James Stockdale, Jeremiah Denton, Bud Day, and Medal of Honor recipient Donald Cook. Along with epic stories of endurance under torture, breathtaking escape attempts, and ingenious prisoner communication efforts, Honor Bound reveals Code of Conduct lapses and instances of collaboration with the enemy. This important work serves as a testament to the courage and will of Americans in captivity and as a reminder of the sometimes impossible demands made on U.S. POWs.

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Rochester (deputy historian of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office) and Kiley (U.S. Air Force in Vietnam) offer an account of what happened to the nearly 800 Americans captured in Southeast Asia. Drawing on previously unreleased materials and interviews with about 100 former POW's, they portray endurance under torture, escape attempts, and prisoner communication efforts, as well as Code of Conduct lapses and instances of collaboration with the enemy. Illustrated with maps, prisoners' renderings of camps and torture techniques, and dozens of photographs, many never before published. Reprint of the 1998 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591147381
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

What People are saying about this

James Stockdale
Honor Bound is a monumental achievement, not only in its depth and breadth of treatment but in its honesty and accuracy. This is the definitive book on the POW experience--and a beautifully written one.
Eugene V. Rostow
The book is a masterpiece. . . . It will be a monument and a living resource for many years to come: an eloquent tribute to the brave men who endured quite extraordinary tribulation with their pride and sense of honor intact. . . . An epic story, told with epic simplicity.

Meet the Author

Stuart I. Rochester, a longtime historian with the Secretary of Defense Historical Office who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, is the author of many books.

Frederick Kiley, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War with a Ph.D. from the University of Denver, taught for many years at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

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