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
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The classic account of the abandonment of American POWs in Vietnam by the US government.

For many Americans, the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan bring back painful memories of one issue in particular: American policy on the rescue of and negotiation for American prisoners. One current American POW of the Taliban, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, stands as their symbol. Thousands of Vietnam veteran POW activists worry that Bergdahl will suffer the fate of so many of their POW/MIA comrades?abandonment once the US leaves that theater of war.

Kiss the Boys Goodbye convincingly shows that a legacy of shame remains from America’s ill-fated involvement in Vietnam. Until US government policy on POW/MIAs changes, it remains one of the most crucial issues for any American soldier who fights for home and country, particularly when we are engaged with an enemy that doesn’t adhere to the international standards for the treatment of prisoners?or any American hostage?as the graphic video of Daniel Pearl’s decapitation on various Jihad websites bears out.

In this explosive book, Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson provide startling evidence that American troops were left in captivity in Indochina, victims of their government’s abuse of secrecy and power. The book not only delves 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 reveals 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 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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User Review  - dichosa - LibraryThing

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


The Story
Roadblocks in the Name of National Security
Taking on the Government
The White House Colonel
The Government Position
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
Open Letter from Robert Garwood to the House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs

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About the author (2014)

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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