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This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for five years. It could only be told in their own words; so author Zalin Grant interviewed each of the men and wove their accounts together to form a single, compelling narrative of war and survival. They describe the details of their daily existence in a Vietcong jungle prison as the war ebbed and flowed around them: the rats, the terror of American bombing raids, the sickness, starvation, and torture. Through...

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Overview

This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for five years. It could only be told in their own words; so author Zalin Grant interviewed each of the men and wove their accounts together to form a single, compelling narrative of war and survival. They describe the details of their daily existence in a Vietcong jungle prison as the war ebbed and flowed around them: the rats, the terror of American bombing raids, the sickness, starvation, and torture. Through the juxtaposition of their individual stories we see the subtle, destructive tensions that operate on a group of men in such desperate circumstances. Marched up the Ho Chi Minh trail to Hanoi, the prisoners’ physical ordeal gave way to an agonizing moral dilemma. Should they join the ”Peace Committee,” a group of POWs protesting the war? Or should they resist their captors by all possible means as ordered by the secret American commander of the Hanoi prison? After years in the jungle on the edge of survival, each man had to answer the questions: Who am I? What do I believe? These men form a cross section of the army we sent to Vietnam. Their words illuminate not only their individual background and experience, but also the meaning of this war for all of us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306805615
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/1994
  • Edition description: First Da Capo Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,381,078
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Zalin Grant served as an officer in Army Intelligence in Vietnam and later returned as a correspondent for Time and for The New Republic. He is the author of Facing the Phoenix: The CIA and the Political Defeat of the United States in Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    A professional working his speciality, from the heart.

    Zalin Grant brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the subject of prisoners of war in Southeast Asia. His field work in Cambodia in the early 1970's continues today as he returns to Cambodia to monitor US government follow-up of information he recently uncovered on journalists executed by the Khmer Rouge. An experienced interviewer and questioner, Zalin Grant brings out details that others routinely fail to discover. The Committee to Protect Journalists, will, I hope, follow Mr. Grant's example and do more to discover the fates of journalists lost in Cambodia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2000

    The title says it all!!!

    Grant relays a sometimes disturbing, sometimes curious but always thought proving look at the lives these men endured from the time of their capture to their liberation. a kean look at how people will act and how they adapt, or die in a situation that no one shoud ever have to live through.

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