Defiant The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned

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  • Copyright: 2/10/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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"Defiant is Unbroken meets Band of Brothers—and then some." —Congressman Pete Sessions

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 not only to 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 veteran 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.

Author Biography

ALVIN TOWNLEY is the acclaimed author of Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America's Eagle Scouts, Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future, and Fly Navy: Discovering the Extraordinary People and Enduring Spirit of Naval Aviation. He lives in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Dark Place
1. Black Sea and American Firepower
2. Welcome to the Hanoi Hilton
3. Dead or Alive?
4. I Submit
5. T-O- R-T- U-R- E
6. My Dearest Syb
7. Lord, I Just Need Your Help
8. I Love a Parade
9. Superman!
10. Your Adoring Husband
12. A Snake You Can't Kill
13. A Helluva Story
14. The Bad Camp
15. To Tell the World
16. We Will Break You Now
17. Blackmail
18. The Captain of My Soul
19. GBU
20. Mayday!
21. O Say Can You See?
22. Peace Is at Hand
23. God Bless America

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