Defiant : the POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned / Alvin Townley.
By: Townley, Alvin.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014Edition: First edition : February 2014.Description: viii, 418 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781250006530 (hardback); 1250006538 (hardback).Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese | Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- Vietnam -- Biography | Military spouses -- United States -- Biography | HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War | HISTORY / Military / Veterans | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / MilitaryDDC classification: 959.704/37 Other classification: HIS027070 | HIS027120 | BIO008000 Online resources: Cover image
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"The story of the indomitable American POWs who endured "Alcatraz," the Hanoi prison camp where North Vietnam locked its most dangerous and subversive prisoners, and the wives who fought to bring them home. During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners of war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of communist interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military intelligence and propaganda. Determined to maintain their Code of Conduct, the inmates of the Hanoi Hilton and other POW camps developed a powerful underground resistance. To quash it, the North Vietnamese singled out its eleven leaders, Vietnam's own "dirty dozen," and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. None would leave its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one would never return. As these men suffered in Hanoi, their wives launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the POW/MIA movement. When the survivors finally returned, one would receive the Medal of Honor, another became a U.S. Senator, and a third still serves in Congress. A story of survival and triumph in the vein of Unbroken and Band of Brothers, Defiant by Alvin Townley will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations. "-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A dark place -- Black Sea and American firepower -- Welcome to the Hanoi Hilton -- Dead or alive? -- I submit -- T-O-R-T-U-R-E -- My dearest Syb -- Lord, I just heed your help -- I love a parade -- Superman! -- Your adoring husband -- BACK US -- A snake you can't kill -- A helluva story -- The bad camp -- To tell the world -- We will break you now -- Blackmail -- The captain of my soul -- GBU -- Mayday! -- O say can you see? -- Peace is at hand -- God bless America.