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An enormous crime : the definitive account of American POWs abandoned in Southeast Asia

Author: Bill Hendon; Elizabeth A Stewart
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The dramatic history of living American soldiers left in Vietnam, and the first full account of the circumstances that left them there. Based on thousands of pages of public and previously classified documents, this book makes a convincing case that when the American government withdrew its forces from Vietnam, it knowingly abandoned hundreds of POWs to their fate. The product of 25 years of research, it exposes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Hendon; Elizabeth A Stewart
ISBN: 9780312371265 0312371268
OCLC Number: 123029704
Description: xvii, 587 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. POW hostage plan and its implementation --
2. Hanoi bound --
3. American POWs captured by the Pathet Lao --
4. American POWs in North Vietnam --
5. 1972 : the war draws to a close --
6. January 1973 : peace at a very high price --
7. February 1973 : a historic journey to Hanoi --
8. February-March 1973 : the "most tortued" issue, "the toughest sale" --
9. Mid- to late March 1973 : the returnee debriefs tell of hundreds of American POWs held back --
10. Spring 1973 : "a 'cancer' on the presidency" --
11. Spring, summer, and fall 1973 : the collapse of the JEC talks : the collapse of the Paris Peace Accords --
12. 1974 : the end of the line for Richard Nixon --
13. January-April 1975 : the end of the line for South Vietnam --
14. May-December 1975 : "Cuba suggested to us to keep them back" : Congress investigates the fate of the POWs and MIAs --
15. 1976 : Montgomery continues his investigation : American POWs seen in captivity in both North and South Vietnam --
16. 1977 : a new president addresses the matter of the unlisted, unreturned POWs --
17. 1978 : the sightings of the unlisted, unreturned POWs continue : the refugee exodus begins --
18. 1979 : a prison system in chaos : convincing evidence finally reaches Washington --
19. 1980 : rescue plans --
20. 1981 : "gasoline" --
21. 1982 : "the principle of reciprocity" --
22. 1983 : a dramatic change of course --
23. 1984 : tragedy at Arlington : a missed opportunity in the Oval Office --
24. 1985 : "progress" in the search for remains : freshmen, stonewalled on POWs, turn to Perot : McFarlane drops his guard --
25. 1986 : trench warfare --
26. 1987 : Perot to Hanoi : a bombshell from General Vessey : no evidence? --
27. 1988 : "just two bar of silvers for each man" --
28. 1989 : " ... the statute of limitations has been reached" --
29. 1990 : sabotaging the Helms/Grassley investigations : the Bush final report on POWs : Thach's historic visit to Washington --
30. 1991 : one last chance to save the unlisted, unreturned POWs --
31. 1992 : the fragging --
32. 1993-1995 : "the Vietnamese know how to count" --
33. 1995-2005 : "war legacies" --
Epilogue : a proposal for President Bush.
Responsibility: Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart.
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Presents an account of a seminal twentieth-century drama: Vietnam, the American war prisoners left there after the war, and the ultimate debasing of American government. This work tells the story of  Read more...

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