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Chained Eagle

Alvarez, Everett

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ISBN 10: 0440207479 / ISBN 13: 9780440207474
Published by Dell, New York, 1991
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354 pages. Square book with bright covers. Red marker letters on front page edges and black marker word on inside front cover. No other marks or stamps. Illustrated with black and white photographs that are loose pages. Lt. j.g. Everett Alvarez tells his shocking story of survival as a POW in North Vietnam for eight and a half years. Only one American pilot was held captive from Day One of the U.S. aerial bombardment of North Vietnam until the POWs came home eight and a half years later. Alvarez was not broken and became the symbol of strength for all our POWs during the long, hard years of torture, beatings and starvation. After 25 years of silence here is his first-person account of of his survival. Bookseller Inventory # 5750

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Title: Chained Eagle

Publisher: Dell, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Printing.

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On August 5, 1964, while Lt. (jg) Everett Alvarez was flying a retaliatory air strike against naval targets in North Vietnam, antiaircraft fire crippled his A-4 fighter-bomber, forcing him to eject over water at low altitude. Alvarez relates the engrossing tale of his capture by fishermen, brutal treatment by the North Vietnamese, physical and mental endurance, and triumphant repatriation nearly nine years later in 1973.

Alvarez spent more time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam than any other flier. As Senator John McCain, a fellow POW, has written, â During his captivity, Ev exhibited a courage, compassion, and indomitable will that was an inspiration to us all.â Indeed, the book, which was written with Anthony S. Pitch, is remarkable for its lack of rancor. Alvarez directs his strongest words against the small number of POWs who broke ranks and collaborated with the enemy. As one reviewer wrote, Alvarez â relates the misery of his condition with a detachment that robs it of its shock value.â Chained Eagle also tells the story of the Alvarez familyâ s ordeal during his years of imprisonment: His sister became an anitwar activist, his wife divorced him, and relatives died. Yet throughout his time as a prisoner of war, Alvarez remained duty-bound and held steadfast to his religious faith and the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

About the Author:

Anthony S. Pitch is a former writer in the books division of U.S. News and World Report. He is the author of several books, including The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814. He lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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