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"Nine Americans who fought in Vietnam, were taken prisoner, and somehow survived five agonizing years of captivity tell us exactly what they did, saw, and suffered. Here is the uncensored reality of the war."--Gilbert A. Harrison, former editor-in-chief, New Republic This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for f "Nine Americans who fought in Vietnam, were taken prisoner, and somehow survived five agonizing years of captivity tell us exactly what they did, saw, and suffered. Here is the uncensored reality of the war."--Gilbert A. Harrison, former editor-in-chief, New Republic This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for five years. It could only be told in their own words; so author Zalin Grant interviewed each of the men and wove their accounts together to form a single, compelling narrative of war and survival. They describe the details of their daily existence in a Vietcong jungle prison as the war ebbed and flowed around them: the rats, the terror of American bombing raids, the sickness, starvation, and torture. Through the juxtaposition of their individual stories we see the subtle, destructive tensions that operate on a group of men in such desperate circumstances. Marched up the Ho Chi Minh trail to Hanoi, the prisoners' physical ordeal gave way to an agonizing moral dilemma. Should they join the "Peace Committee," a group of POWs protesting the war? Or should they resist their captors by all possible means as ordered by the secret American commander of the Hanoi prison? After years in the jungle on the edge of survival, each man had to answer the questions: Who am I? What do I believe? These men form a cross section of the army we sent to Vietnam. Their words illuminate not only their individual background and experience, but also the meaning of this war for all of us.


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"Nine Americans who fought in Vietnam, were taken prisoner, and somehow survived five agonizing years of captivity tell us exactly what they did, saw, and suffered. Here is the uncensored reality of the war."--Gilbert A. Harrison, former editor-in-chief, New Republic This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for f "Nine Americans who fought in Vietnam, were taken prisoner, and somehow survived five agonizing years of captivity tell us exactly what they did, saw, and suffered. Here is the uncensored reality of the war."--Gilbert A. Harrison, former editor-in-chief, New Republic This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for five years. It could only be told in their own words; so author Zalin Grant interviewed each of the men and wove their accounts together to form a single, compelling narrative of war and survival. They describe the details of their daily existence in a Vietcong jungle prison as the war ebbed and flowed around them: the rats, the terror of American bombing raids, the sickness, starvation, and torture. Through the juxtaposition of their individual stories we see the subtle, destructive tensions that operate on a group of men in such desperate circumstances. Marched up the Ho Chi Minh trail to Hanoi, the prisoners' physical ordeal gave way to an agonizing moral dilemma. Should they join the "Peace Committee," a group of POWs protesting the war? Or should they resist their captors by all possible means as ordered by the secret American commander of the Hanoi prison? After years in the jungle on the edge of survival, each man had to answer the questions: Who am I? What do I believe? These men form a cross section of the army we sent to Vietnam. Their words illuminate not only their individual background and experience, but also the meaning of this war for all of us.

30 review for Survivors: Vietnam POWS Tell Their Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin McCoy

    Survivors was a meaningful read. The stories of 9 Vietnam POWS is told through a series of interviews conducted by the author Zalin Grant. Frank Anton, David Harker, Jim Strictland, Willie Watkins, James Daly, Ike McMillian, Tom Davis, John Young, and Ted Guy all experienced and lived through the tragic events of the Vietnam jungles. Starting with an air raid by the United States, American soldiers in Happy Valley are overrun and captured by Viet Cong troops in 1968. After a series of interrogat Survivors was a meaningful read. The stories of 9 Vietnam POWS is told through a series of interviews conducted by the author Zalin Grant. Frank Anton, David Harker, Jim Strictland, Willie Watkins, James Daly, Ike McMillian, Tom Davis, John Young, and Ted Guy all experienced and lived through the tragic events of the Vietnam jungles. Starting with an air raid by the United States, American soldiers in Happy Valley are overrun and captured by Viet Cong troops in 1968. After a series of interrogations, the soldiers and pilots are brought to a war prison where their lives would soon change. At the camp the new POWS are locked into a cell with the old and are introduced to a demanding routine. In the day time they must hike to a field to harvest manioc, a local potato like plant, and hike back. Growing weaker and weaker, the prisoners were also required to take pro-communism classes and write anti-war letters to the United Sates. Starved and angry some prisoners tried to escape, but never succeeded, and in some cases ended up dead. Years and years went by as prisoners watched each other rot away. In 1971, the 12 remaining POWS walked the Ho Chi Minh trail to Hanoi, were a much deadlier camp awaited. There they were met with the decision of joining the Peace Committee. The Peace Committee was a group of POWS who protested the war. Most members joined due to the favorable and easier conditions rather than the ideology behind it. The prisoners fought both mentally and physically to stay alive. Each day they lived in fear of air strikes, and many were beaten or tortured. Despite the fact that my dog chewed the up the first twenty pages of the book, I found myself glued to every word that I read. The author Zalin Grant did an amazing job winding together each interview in a sequential order. While the stories explained the POWS experiences, they also commented on a greater idea of war and its alleged meaninglessness. Reading this book made me truly understand the risks involved with war . The stories demanded attention and invited deep thinking. I believe everyone and anyone should read this book once in their life time. It is humbling, powerful, and eye opening.

  2. 5 out of 5

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hamlyn

    Wow! Intense. And true.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrius

    Surprised this book has less than 50 ratings. If you're interested in POWs during Viet Nam war - this is the book to get. Fascinating read. Surprised this book has less than 50 ratings. If you're interested in POWs during Viet Nam war - this is the book to get. Fascinating read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    One of the first books I read when I was assigned to the Defense Prisoner of War Missing In Action Office. It is a must read for all of my generation that just missed the war (I came into the service in 1979) and while a part of that era, were really not paying attention. The aftermath of the Vietnam War and the ramifications of what took place are rippling through our society even now. This book is a fantastic primer to the complex politics of the POW/MIA issues. If you like American history, W One of the first books I read when I was assigned to the Defense Prisoner of War Missing In Action Office. It is a must read for all of my generation that just missed the war (I came into the service in 1979) and while a part of that era, were really not paying attention. The aftermath of the Vietnam War and the ramifications of what took place are rippling through our society even now. This book is a fantastic primer to the complex politics of the POW/MIA issues. If you like American history, War history, psychology, human drama and want to have a better understanding of the events around you, this is a great book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lee Wallace

    This is the best book I ever read about POWs. Feautirng multiple point of views, the books tells the story of many POWs from their own words. These guys went through starving, sickness, tortures... And you'll can read a first hand accound of the 'real' Robert Garwood, while he was in Vietnam. This book is a masterpiece of his genre... If you are in interested in the subject, READ IT This is the best book I ever read about POWs. Feautirng multiple point of views, the books tells the story of many POWs from their own words. These guys went through starving, sickness, tortures... And you'll can read a first hand accound of the 'real' Robert Garwood, while he was in Vietnam. This book is a masterpiece of his genre... If you are in interested in the subject, READ IT

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    True story about the horrors of the Vietnam war. Even though he's politically dead, this book gives you some insight into John McCain. True story about the horrors of the Vietnam war. Even though he's politically dead, this book gives you some insight into John McCain.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dana Mcmanus

    This is by far the best book concerning the plight of the American POW's in Vietnam that I have ever read, and I have read them ALL... a great book, even after the ninth time. This is by far the best book concerning the plight of the American POW's in Vietnam that I have ever read, and I have read them ALL... a great book, even after the ninth time.

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    Christi Allison

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