Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW

Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW

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Five Years to Freedom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Ryanxia More than 1 year ago
There isn't much to say that the other reviews haven't already said. This is a powerful and deeply touching book about the author's experience as a P.O.W. It is unlike anything else I have ever read or seen, I have never looked at movies thinking they were capturing the actual conditions, but to hear this story of 5 years of imprisonment from the source is amazing. The best way I can describe it, is it puts you 'in the driver's seat' and connects the reader with information many of us war/Vietnam buffs already knew but can never truly understand if we weren't there. This is a very intimate and touching book that captured me and no doubt many others. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book by the father of modern military survival techniques. This will touch you by the time you are halfway through.
Rio_Gene More than 1 year ago
I first read this book soon after it was published -- not so many years after Rowe regained his freedom. Those of us who lived through the Vietnam era may view his story through different eyes than Gulf War or current war contemporaries. That will not change the profound affect that this book will have on anyone who reads it. We've heard the stories and seen the movies. Most recently, "Rescue Dawn" was billed as brutally graphic; it hinted at what Rowe lived through, but still compares as a walk in the park. If you want a better understanding of the horrors of the Vietnam "conflict" that many individual soldiers went through, why so many of them suffer from flashbacks and PTSD, why they all came back changed men and women, read this book. It is a testament to the courage and strength of America's soldiers. James N Rowe defines the word "hero."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book. Nick was a remarkable, strong man. Residing within the military myself, this man is a true hero and role model that every soldier should aspire to be. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding in every way. The truth presented here is undeniable. I could not put it down. It should be required reading for the 'America is wrong all the time' crowd. It is especialy relevent today with so many (in our own country even) accusing America of torture and mistreatment. After reading this, I never want to hear that insane accusation again.I coul not help but notice that the propaganda used by the Vietcong to try and brainwash POWs is almost word for word the same as the arguments used by the 'America Haters' in this country. Go figure. Read this and wake up America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book that places the reader right beside, James Rowe, every step of the way. You feel every ache, itch, pain, torment and desire for freedom that he lived thru! Incredible, absolutely incredible, I couldn't stop trembling as he was lifted to freedom! Should be recommended as a reading requirement for History class! What a HERO!
Anonymous 4 months ago
The first 300 pages focused on life as a pow, which, while interesting, becomes repetitious and sometimes boring. The last 150 pages were very suspenseful and interesting. Overall, a good read.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Very interesting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are my HERO! Can't quit crying! What a book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read emotional bravo AND WELCOME HOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lost lots of sleep reading this great book because i could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read, recommended by the cadre of the Special Forces Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape school, founded by the author based off his experience. 
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