Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to their Fight / Edition 1

Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to their Fight / Edition 1

by Craig Howes, Howes
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to their Fight / Edition 1

Unsure whether they would be greeted as traitors or heroes, POWs returning from Vietnam responded by holding tight to their chosen motto, "Return with Honor." "We're giving the American people what they want and badly need—heroes," said a Vietnam jungle POW. "I feel it's our responsibility, our duty to help them where possible shed the idea this war was a waste, useless, as unpopular as it may have been." In the first book to explore the entire range of memoirs, biographies, and group histories published since America's Vietnam POWs returned home, Craig Howes explores the development of a collective history. He describes how these captives drew upon their national heritage to compose a unified, common story while still in prison, and how individual POWs have responded to this Official Story. Examining what racial, cultural, and political assumptions support this shared Official Story, Howes places the POWs' experiences squarely in the center of American history, and within those larger clashes of opinion and belief which characterized the nation's response to the Vietnam War. The result is an engrossing study of what these captivity narratives can tell us about the POWs, their captors, and America's Vietnam legacy.

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ISBN-13: 9780195086805
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: America's Vietnam POWs3
IThe Code, the Rules, and the Body
1The Fighting Man's Code17
2Camp Authority and the Rules of the Game41
3Torture and War's Body53
IIThe Official Story and the Big Picture
4The Official Story75
5The Big Picture115
IIIOne Man's View
6A Prophet Returns to His People165
7The Story's Other Sides193
8Keeping the Faith--James Bond Stockdale233

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