The Gulf Between Us: Love and Terror in Desert Storm

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When Col. Cliff Acree was shot down and captured on the second day of the Gulf War, Cynthia Acree began her own form of captivity at the center of an international media storm. This compelling memoir provides two very different perspectives of the war.

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Overview

When Col. Cliff Acree was shot down and captured on the second day of the Gulf War, Cynthia Acree began her own form of captivity at the center of an international media storm. This compelling memoir provides two very different perspectives of the war.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Loaded with kitschy, you-are-there dialogue reconstruction and self-dramatization, this husband-and-wife Gulf War memoir won't win any awards. Yet the voices of the Acrees, who trade short chapters in relating Cliff's captivity and its home-front repercussions, have a guileless authenticity. His Ov-10 shot down over southern Kuwait on the war's second day, Acree was captured by the Iraqis and held as a POW for 48 days in Baghdad, until all hostages were released as part of a cease-fire agreement. The book takes the Acrees day-by-day from Cliff's preparations as squadron leader for getting his planes and men from Camp Pendleton to the Middle East (with plenty of technical detail for buffs) to the desperation of Cindy (as she is referred to throughout) for information after his plane went missing, Cliff's brutal torture and unsuccessful coercion by his captors, and the efforts launched by the POW/MIA Liberty Alliance for Operation Desert Storm, spearheaded by Cindy, to draw attention to the plight of Gulf prisoners. Cliff describes the conditions of near-starvation and isolation he endured, along with savage beatings that left him with severe neck, nasal, digestive and heart problems (later addressed by a number of surgeries). The psychological stress he suffered as a POW left Cliff with long-term emotional problems, a second "gulf" that, the couple relates, has been mostly surmounted by the gradual improvement in his physical condition and the birth of the couple's first child. Beyond some--well-earned--posturing, this is a compelling tale. B&w photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Part heartfelt love story and part military action-adventure. Cindy blends the two with a deft touch.(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 28,2000)

From the Publisher
"This book is written in two voices and we are delighted to add our two voices to praise Cliff's devotion to duty and Cindy's quiet courage. Who says there are no American heroes? Cliff and Cindy are both heroes."

"This book is written in two voices and we are delighted to add our two voices to praise Cliff's devotion to duty and Cindy's quiet courage. Who says there are no American heroes? Cliff and Cindy are both heroes."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574886047
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Series: Memories of War
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia B. Acree grew up in Seattle, Washington and married her college sweetheart, Cliff Acree. Circumstances separated them when Cliff joined the Marines in 1973. During the next twenty years, their paths crossed while Cliff deployed to Vietnam, Okinawa, the Philippines, and elsewhere. They were reunited in 1987 and married in 1988. They now have three children and live in Pensacola, Florida.

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