Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs in Vietnam

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Skyhorse, Nov 18, 2014 - History - 528 pages
A damning account of how the United States government abandoned American prisoners of war in Vietnam—and the cover-up that continues to this day.
 
It is a story often seen in movies and tv shows—POWs from the Vietnam war left behind to suffer in enemy hands, only to be later rescued through courage, loyalty and all-American military might. But that is pure fiction—and far from the brutal, rarely-told true story.
 
In this groundbreaking expose, the authors provide startling evidence that American troops were left in captivity in Indochina, victims of their government’s abuse of secrecy and power. The authos not only delve into the world of official obstruction, missing files, censored testimony, and the pressures brought to bear on witnesses ready to tell the truth—but also reveal the trauma on patriotic families torn apart by a policy that, at first, seemed unbelievable to them.
 
First published in 1990, Kiss the Boys Goodbye has become a classic text on the subject. This new edition features an afterword, which fills in the news on the latest verifiable scandal produced by the Senate Select Committee on POWs.
 

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Read this book many years ago, and its story stays with you forever. This was one of the few books that made me cry. It gives evidence on soldiers/sailors being left behind in Vietnam for years. The stories are heart breaking. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
The Story
Traitor
Roadblocks in the Name of National Security
Taking on the Government
The White House Colonel
The Government Position
Betrayal
The Drug Lord
Buried Lists
The Business of Covert
The Sleaze Factor
Getting Bo
Scott Barnes Tells His Story Chapter 22 The Party Line or Else
Perot Makes a Move
Garwood Debriefed

The Freelance Operative
There but for the Grace of
Lies in Laos
Telling Dirty Secrets
Complications and Conspiracies
Prisoners and Politics
Silencing the Critics
The Radical the Billionaire and the Green Beret
The Vanishing Cabbie
Vietnam Revisited
What the Government Always Knew
A Matter of Ethics
The Secret
Postscript
Afterword
Open Letter from Robert Garwood to the House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs
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Monika Jensen-Stevenson is a former magazine editor and producer for 60 Minutes. She won a Gold Medal for Best TV Documentary at the New York International Film and TV Festival for one of her CTV productions and an Emmy for her minidocumentary In the Belly of the Beast.

William Stevenson was trained in aerial espionage as a British naval fighter pilot during World War II. A respected historian and expert on covert warfare, he is the author of sixteen books, including A Man Called Intrepid, Intrepid’s Last Case,. and 90 Minutes at Entebbe.

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