MIA, or Mythmaking in America / Edition 1

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520018
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Expanded and updated ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,023,592
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Expanded and Updated Edition
1 Prisoners of Myth 1
A National Religion? 3
But Are There Live POWs? 11
2 Prisoners of the War 37
The Matrix of the POW/MIA Issue 39
The "Go Public" Campaign 49
Enter VIVA and the Bracelets 54
Four More Years of War for the POW/MIAs 57
Peace for the POWs 60
Counting on Discrepancies 64
The POWs in War and Peace 74
3 The Missing of Peace 77
War Remains 79
VIVA and the National League of Families Continue the War 82
The Pentagon's New Math 87
The Case of the Disappearing POWs 93
The Multiplication of the POWs 96
What Did Happen to the Missing Men? 99
Cambodia 105
Laos 108
Vietnam: Or What the Garwood Case Really Shows 113
"Live Sightings" 117
Why? 120
Reparations and POWs 122
4 Mythmaking in America 127
Crucifixion and Resurrection 129
Hollywood Heroes I: Bo Gritz and Ronald Reagan 136
Hollywood Heroes II: Gene Hackman and Chuck Norris 140
Hollywood Heroes III: Rambo 150
The Plots Thicken 156
5 Still Missing 165
Recovery 167
A Story of the Missing and the Missing Story 168
6 "The Last Chapter"? 175
"POW/MIA" 199
Appendix A: From the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam, Signed in Paris, January 27, 1973 203
Appendix B: The Secret Nixon Letter 204
Glossary 209
Notes 211
Index 243
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