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 to not only 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 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.
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Amazing and Courageous story
There are no words to express the amount of courage that these men exhibited. This book is wonderfully written and has given me even more respect for our service men and women. These are true heroes of America. I also loved reading the story of the families who would not be kept quiet and fought to bring these men home. I wish I could give this book 100 stars, and it is a must read for everyone!
Defiant: The POWs that endured....
I have read and enjoyed countless books but this is the first I've ever bothered to rate. As a warning much of this is very disturbing and describes inhumane torture and suffering. It also details incredible courage and determination not only by the POWs but also the wives.
For most books I can scarcely recall the names of the characters, but I can easily name the Alcatraz Eleven. For them and their families I say thank you and GBU.