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Defiant

The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, The Women Who Fought For Them, And The One Who Never Returned

By Alvin Townley

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military intelligence and propaganda. Determined to maintain their Code of Conduct, the POWs developed a powerful underground resistance. To quash it, their captors 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 eleven men suffered in Hanoi, their wives at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the nationwide POW/MIA movement. The members of these military families banded together and showed the courage to not only endure years of doubt about the fate of their husbands and fathers, but to bravely fight for their safe return. When the survivors of Alcatraz finally came home, one would go on to receive the Medal of Honor, another would become a U.S. Senator, and a third still serves in the U.S. Congress.

A powerful story of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations.

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2014

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9781250006530


Format: Book
Author: Townley, Alvin
Summary: "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.
Title: Defiant : the POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned / Alvin Townley.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
Subject: 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.
Isbn: 9781250006530 (hardback) 1250006538 (hardback)
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Call Number: 959.70437 Tow
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Format: Book
Author: Townley, Alvin.
Summary: "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.
Title: Defiant : the POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned / Alvin Townley.
Edition: First edition
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
Description: 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.
Subjects: Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Prisoners of war -- Vietnam -- Biography.
Subjects: Military spouses -- United States -- Biography.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2013031164
ISBN: 9781250006530 (hardback)
ISBN: 1250006538 (hardback)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 959.70437 Tow