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Honor Bound

Stuart Rochester

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ISBN 10: 1591147387 / ISBN 13: 9781591147381
Published by Naval Institute Press
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Title: Honor Bound

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:BRAND NEW

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In this landmark study, two respected scholars provide a comprehensive, balanced, and authoritative account of what happened to the nearly eight hundred Americans captured during the Vietnam War. The authors were granted unprecedented access to previously unreleased materials and interviewed more than a hundred former POWs to meticulously reconstruct their captivity record and produce a compelling narrative of this sketchy chapter of the war. First published in 1999, some twenty-five years after the prisoners were released from Hanoi, the book remains a powerful and moving portrait of how men cope with physical and psychological ordeals under horrific conditions. Its analysis of the shifting tactics and temperaments of both captive and captor as the war evolved, skillfully weaves domestic political developments and battlefield action with prison scenes that alternate between Hanoi's concrete cells, South Vietnam's jungle stockades, and mountain camps in Laos. Details are included of dozens of cases of individual acts of bravery and resistance from such heroes as James Stockdale, Jeremiah Denton, Bud Day, and Medal of Honor recipient Donald Cook. Along with epic stories of endurance under torture, breathtaking escape attempts, and ingenious prisoner communication efforts, Honor Bound reveals Code of Conduct lapses and instances of collaboration with the enemy. This important work serves as a testament to the courage and will of Americans in captivity and as a reminder of the sometimes impossible demands made on U.S. POWs.

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The authors trace the capture and movement of U.S. servicemen and civilians through jungles and jails from the Mekong Delta to Hanoi

and west and north into Cambodia, Laos, and China. They cover the

rationed food, cramped and rat-infested cells, bricked windows,

and camps laced by barbed wire that were the daily lot of American POWS. They address a wide range of subjects from the physical ordeal of torture to the psychological challenges of indoctrination, exploitation for propaganda purposes, and the mere passing of time under the most adverse circumstances. In examining the lives of the prisoners in captivity, the book presents a vivid, sensitive, sometimes excruciating, and even humorous account of how men sought to cope with the physical and psychological torment of imprisonment under wretched and shameful conditions.

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