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The Gulf Between Us: Love and Survival in Desert Storm [NOOK Book]

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A Marine squadron commander prepares his men for combat and on the second day of the Gulf War, is shot down by a Surface to Air Missile and captured by the Iraqis. As a pilot, senior Marine and squadron Commanding Officer, Acree is a goldmine of the tactical information that the iraqis so desperately needed. Though he is brutally beaten and tortured during his 48 days of captivity, Colonel Acree refuses to comply with Iraqi demands.

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Overview

A Marine squadron commander prepares his men for combat and on the second day of the Gulf War, is shot down by a Surface to Air Missile and captured by the Iraqis. As a pilot, senior Marine and squadron Commanding Officer, Acree is a goldmine of the tactical information that the iraqis so desperately needed. Though he is brutally beaten and tortured during his 48 days of captivity, Colonel Acree refuses to comply with Iraqi demands.

Woven with the account is the story of his new wife, finally married to her high school sweetheart and, as the wife of a commanding officer, finds herself responsible for supporting hundreds of Marine family members as her husband prepares his men for war. When her husband is captured, she finds herself in the eye of an international media storm and experiences her own form of captivity. She launches a massive letter writing campaign to pressure the Iraqi government and founds an international organization for Gulf War POWs and MIAs.

Finally, after seven months apart, husband and wife are reunited and attempt the difficult road back to normal life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612340821
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    An honest review from a grateful reader

    When I first bought this book, I thought it would be something I MIGHT pick up and read...if I didn't have something better to do. Being a new Marine spouse in a post-9/11 world, the story was, at least, an intriguing one, and any new information I could get was a bonus. I had NO idea what was in store. This is a story of patriotism, of survival, of fear, of strength, of new and old friendships, of new and old adversaries. A story of triumph and most of all an enduring love; Cindy and Cliff's story is one that will touch anyone. It is written in perfect format as Cindy chronicles her daily life in unison with what happened to Cliff thousands of miles away in captivity. It demonstrates how even in the most grim of circumstances, the spirit perseveres and is, indeed, made stronger. From a military point of view, their amazing story can also serve as a reference for families on how to handle difficult situations, when their loved ones¿ lives could be at risk. It certainly has for me. I am a better person for having read this book. I am better Marine spouse after reading this book. It truly is one of the best investments I have ever made. It demonstrates, beyond a doubt, the Honor, Courage and Commitment that signifies the Marine Corps, and all our servicemen and women. I appreciate the Acrees sharing their story with the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2001

    Great book of courage: written from heart

    Recently I read this book and was touched by the courage of both Cindy and Cliff. This book is about the interaction between two normal human being facing a not so normal situation with courage, decency and dignity. Cliff is a true hero who deeply cared for his country and Cindy is a perfect spouce who helped others too by her initiatives and actions. MUST READ BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    In the Navy ..all you get is a ...'WELL DONE'

    Cynthia: Just finished reading your book and really enjoyed it ...I could not stop until I finished it... Cliff could have been my wingman durning the great war...When given a task, you were expected to complete it to the best of your ability.. When done to the satisfaction of your superior.. You got a 'WELL DONE'... that's all.. Cliff does deserve More!! However, 'Old Timers' understand that he stands tall with a big, WELL DONE !!.. What A Guy!!! Thanks Cliff. Albert Guilbeau... Lafayette La...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    I could read it all over again!

    . I have just finished reading, 'THE GULF BETWEEN US', and want to start reading it all over again. I felt I had known the author,Cindy Acree, all my life, and she was telling me the story in person. Cindy made me feel as though I was going through the whole tramatic experience with her. I remember so well the War in the Gulf, and some of the details she speaks of I can remember reading about and watching on National Television. My 17 year old is now reading the book. I only wish all teenagers would read it. The life lessons to be learned from Cindy and Cliff are priceless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Great Reading

    I just got done reading The Gulf Between Us. It is the best book ever written. A co-worker wants to borrow the book next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Brought back memories!

    I felt like I was stepping into a time warp within pages of opening Cynthia and Cliff Acree's personal war story. Theirs was a repeat of what many of us Vietnam POWs and our families had gone through 25 years before. That their ordeal was much shorter is irrelevant. Neither knew when it would be over and the agony they went through or were put through was identical to what the Vietnam POWs experienced. Worst was the uncertainty of it all. For Cindy, 'Is he alive?' For Cliff, 'When will it end?' Shot down with his observer on the second day of the Gulf War, Cliff was badly injured in the ejection and capture and tortured viciously enroute to various detention dungeons in Iraq. Nobody had seen Cliff's OV-10 Bronco shot down and, when it didn't return, search efforts failed to come up with the wreckage. He was listed as MIA and it was several days before his battered visage appeared on Iraqi TV. For Cindy, it was a mixed blessing - good that he was alive but terrifying to see his physical appearance. Kept in solitary for most of his capture and as badly beaten as the POWs from Vietnam, Cliff never revealed any classified information. Cindy's battle with the voyeurism of the local and national press was infuriating and she was forced to E&E (Escape and Evade) to leave her own home to avoid the vultures. The book is very well-written and a good read. I found myself learning what it must have been like for our families when we were in Hanoi's prisons. And learning how it was for the POWs of Saddam Hussein as I hadn't seen much of their story in the press. I was gratified that by the proper conduct of the Acrees' war, the U. S. kept our casualties low and limited the jail-time for the POWs to less than two months. And it made me wonder what might have been had LBJ and McNamara listened to their commanders. Most importantly, like most of our stories, it has a happy ending. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    AN INSPIRING EYE OPENER!

    This is a well written book that both my husband and I enjoyed and could relate to in our own ways. It was hard to put down. The realization that Cliff and Cindy went through much harder times and made it with grace and dignity, makes it easier to deal with what life has dealt us. During the Gulf War there were a lot of details that I missed. This book has opened my eyes to what really went on. I feel that I am a better person because of the inspiration from this book. I am better able to deal with the medical issues that we are faced with and stay strong for my husband and children. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2000

    EVERY DAY IS A GIFT!

    Over the past several days I found myself consumed with reading The Gulf Between Us. Whenever possible, for even a few brief moments, I would plunge back into their story. It touched my heart and my life FOREVER! As a mother and Marine wife, it made me want to wrap my arms around my family and pray. Throughout my life I have experienced many turning points. The Gulf Between Us opened my eyes once more to count our many blessings and to remember not to take even one of them for granted. This book gave me reassurance of God's lasting love. My deepest thanks to the Acrees for sharing such an intimate part of their lives. I truly admire their courage and perseverance. Don't miss your opportunity to read this inspiring book! It is one you will not forget!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    TRULY the story of LOVE AND TERROR

    This book takes you out of your comfort zone and into the lives of Cliff and Cindy.It is a very personal story of Lt Col Acree, U.S.M.C.,the atrocities he faced daily because of his unwillingness to give the Iraqui's much needed info that he possessed. Cindy's unrelentless working to help the other wives while being a captive in her own home by media. this book goes full circle with the Acree's with Col's departure for the Middle East, his capture and captivity and the return home. This book kept me completely absorbed, and once started could not put it down until I finished and knew the rest of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    Everyone should read this book!

    The book was so well written, at times I felt I was right there living the events. Everyone should read The Gulf Between Us so they can learn about a real life hero. America needs more men like Cliff Acree. Also inspiring is what two people in love and dedicated to each other can accomplish, even if they are on opposite ends of the planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    A Message from the Heart

    No book has ever captivated me the way this one has. Cynthia Acree has written a fascinating book that highlights her experiences as a military wife when her husband, Marine Corps Colonel Cliff Acree was shot down in the early stages of the Gulf War and held prisoner of war by Saddam Hussein. Cliff was held captive for 48 days, and overcame brutal beatings, starvation, and torturous interrogations; he nearly died on more than one occasion. Cindy was back home in America fighting her own battle. First of all, she never even knew if Cliff was alive until he was paraded by the Iraqi's, beaten, dazed and starved, in front of news cameras that broadcast their footage back to the rest of the world via CNN. Cindy rallied for the support of her fellow Americans to fight for the release of her husband and the other POW's. Both Cindy and Cliff tell the story in The Gulf Between Us-- it is one that stirs great emotion, and makes us proud to be an American! Thank you, Cindy and Cliff, for not only having the courage to endure, but for finding the strength and courage to remember and share those moments with the rest of us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    Great book for husbands AND wives

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed The Gulf Between Us. The descriptive writing style made us feel we were there with Cindy and cliff Acree. The untold story of Cliff's captivity is something all Americans should be aware of. What a brave hero he was to stand up to his captors and defend his country almost to his death! Cindy was a hero in her own right as her love turned her to action. I would not normally have picked up a 'War book' but upon the advice of a friend bought The Gulf Between Us. I couldn't put it down. I felt such loyalty to Cliff that I had to keep reading until he was out of captivity and safely home. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    CAPTIVATING STORY OF LOVE & COURAGE

    A remarkable story of love and courage. Cliff's heroic bravery together with Cindy's inspiration left me thanking God! to be an American. A must read for all military warriors and their families. A remarkable history lesson for all of us who could find ourselves in harms way someday. Lessons Learned from this book could prove invaluable in the future. God Bless Cliff & Cindy Acree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    Riveting! Inspiring!

    This was a great book! Cynthia is and inspiration to us all and does a fantistic job of relating their experiences in a moving and riveting manner. Unbelievable, describes what this courageous Marine undured for his country. Cliff epitomizes my concept of a Marine, I am just sorry he was put in a position to demonstrate it. Their story of faith, love, and valor is a suspenseful, and wonderfully moving story. I could not put the book down, and at times I was afraid of what was coming next. There is no doubt this book is a winner. I look forward to additional books by this talented writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2000

    Amazing Account of Two Lives

    Cliff, I was overwhelmed at the detail with which your account of captivity was completed. Reading about the atrocities you had faced, in detail through the book was unbelievable. You are a man of courage and strength.Thanks for giving so much of yourself to others. Cindy, you are awesome! Your written account from both perspectives and weaving in your earlier years was amazingly well done. It is clear this was a dificult book to write, but to a greater reason had to be done. Probaably part of the healing process for you both. Thanks for sharing this book with me and the world. Funny, I picked it up Memorial weekend, started reading it Sunday and finished on Monday. It is a Memorial Weekend book I am not likely to forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    Add this one to your personal library!

    THE GULF BETWEEN US is a must read for those who enjoy love stories as well as military enthusiasts. The imagery in this book is so vivid, I felt like I was there as it happened. I could not put the book down, and when I did, my husband was there to snatch it up. Our reading preferences are very different, yet this book was one we both enjoyed as a definite page turner. My husband served in the Navy for ten years, flying off aircraft carriers. Thankfully, he did not endure the hardships Col. Acree faced as a POW. When Cindy Acree described the dreaded knock at the door, I had tears in my eyes as I remembered all the times I feared hearing that same knock. During the Gulf War, I vividly remember seeing Col. Acree's battered face on CNN as the captured pilots were displayed on Iraqi TV (just as described in the book). Col. Acree made no statements against his Marines, his country, or his President. He demonstrated how a man can pull deeply within himself and use his strong faith in God to survive a harrowing event with honor, courage and integrity. Cindy's love, strength and determination to actively fight for not only her husband's safe release but also for the other POW/MIA families is inspiring. We all need to be reminded that patriotism, honor, courage and integrity are not attributes of yesteryear, but are alive and well in America. Buy two copies of this book, one for your personal library and one for your best friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    Patriotism at Its Best

    If you'd like an incredible dose of patriotism, this is the book to read. Sometimes, we become so complacent about the freedoms we pratice in our great country. This book puts everything we take for granted into perspective.Let me share a brief story with you that summarizes my feelings concerning 'The Gulf Between Us'.As a teacher of fifth graders, I was becoming increasingly aware of a decline in patriotism as we would say our daily Pledge of Allegiance, this year. Even though I would demand standing straight and tall, right hands over hearts, and eyes on the flag, about halfway through, a shuffling of feet, slouching, and some grinning at each other would begin. After many of my Pledge lectures, I decided to try something else. I sat down with my students and shared some of the ordeals Col. Cliff Acree endured as a POW. I shared how his strong patriotism, his strength of character, and his faith in God, carried him through inhumane experiences most of us will never be able to comprehend. I also shared how his wife and other family members and friends took action through their strong commitments of love, faith, and patriotism. I ended my lesson that day by challenging my students, each time they said the Pledge,to think of Cliff Acree and all others who have so courageously enabled us to enjoy our many freedoms. From then on, my students took the challenge. I did not have to correct them another time. Hopefully, they will carry this renewed sense of patriotism throughout their lives. I know I will. Thank you so very much, Cliff and Cindy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    REAL AMERICAN HEROES

    I Had the pleasure of meeting Colonel and Mrs. Acree when the Colonel took over Command of Marine Aircraft Group 42 At NAS, Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia. I knew at the time that I had a vast amount of respect for both of them, but not near as much as I presently have.The book is a page turner and I lost many hours sleep because I could not put it down and turn off the light. I am a retired Marine and Korean Veteran...I thank God that I did not have to go through what The Colonel ,Gunner Guy Hunter and Mrs Acree had to. I am an avid reader, especially of Military books and THE GULF BETWEEN US is at the top of my list. I am ordering a copy for each of my daughters as they have heard me speak of the Acrees'. May God bless both of The entire Acree family. Colonel, Thank you....Semper Fi....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    Two voices - two stories

    Enjoyed the page-turning narrative about Cliff, the 'life on the homefront' narrative by Cindy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    The Gulf Between Us - A real page turner

    WOW! it was very well written and I could not put it down. Today at lunch I chose to work out on the Stairmaster so that I could continue to read - I cycled the machine twice and hoped anyone watching me that noticed the tears in my eyes figured it was from sweating. I'll be recommending it to my friends and family. (my husband) is anxious to get started reading it now that I am done. Never really having been exposed to a military environment I can now appreciate the honor and courage men and women in the service give up for all of us.

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