By William Stevenson, Monika Jensen-Stevenson
The vintage account of the abandonment of yank POWs in Vietnam by means of the USA government.
For many american citizens, the hot conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan carry again painful stories of 1 factor particularly: American coverage at the rescue of and negotiation for American prisoners. One present American POW of the Taliban, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, stands as their image. hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veteran POW activists fear that Bergdahl will endure the destiny of such a lot of in their POW/MIA comrades—abandonment as soon as the united states leaves that theater of war.
Kiss the men Goodbye convincingly exhibits legacy of disgrace continues to be from America’s ill-fated involvement in Vietnam. till US govt coverage on POW/MIAs adjustments, it is still some of the most an important matters for any American soldier who fights for domestic and kingdom, fairly once we are engaged with an enemy that doesn’t adhere to the foreign criteria for the remedy of prisoners—or any American hostage—as the picture video of Daniel Pearl’s decapitation on a number of Jihad web content bears out.
In this explosive ebook, Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson supply startling facts that American troops have been left in captivity in Indochina, sufferers in their government’s abuse of secrecy and tool. The e-book not just delves into the area of legit obstruction, lacking documents, censored testimony, and the pressures delivered to endure on witnesses able to inform the reality, but in addition unearths the trauma on patriotic households torn aside by way of a coverage that, at the beginning, appeared incredible to them.
First released in 1990, Kiss the men Goodbye has develop into a vintage at the topic. This re-creation gains an afterword, which fills within the information at the newest verifiable scandal produced by means of the Senate opt for Committee on POWs.
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Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs in Vietnam by William Stevenson, Monika Jensen-Stevenson