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Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, The Women Who Fought for Them, and The One Who Never Returned
Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, The Women Who Fought for Them, and The One Who Never Returned
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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 men suffered in Hanoi, their wives back at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the POW/MIA movement. When the survivors of Alcatraz finally returned, 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 story of survival and triumph, courage and brotherhood, Alvin Townley's Defiant is a compelling work that no reader will soon forget.

“You told it exactly like it was. In this unexpected way, your book made it all worthwhile.” ―GEORGE MCKNIGHT, POW, 1965-1973

“Defiant is a riveting tribute to the unyielding men who endured years of brutal captivity as POWs in Vietnam and the families they left behind. The men of the ‘Alcatraz Eleven' are true American heroes and their extraordinary stories will serve as an inspiration for generations to come.” ―SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, POW, 1967-1973

“This stirring tale by Alvin Townley of resilience and leadership under unimaginable conditions is a must read.” ―JIM LOVELL, Commander of Apollo 13

“This moving and authentic epic of unrelenting heroism shines like the sun as an example of American men and women at their very best.” ―Medal of Honor recipient GEORGE "BUD" DAY, POW, 1968-1973

“Riveting. Powerful. Authentic. I had tears in my eyes reading Defiant. If I can still cry, I know others will too.” ―MIKE MCGRATH, POW, 1967-1973

“Defiant will make you proud to be an American, and Alvin Townley's writing makes you feel as if you are there yourself. It would be a wonderful textbook for a course on how to be a POW, but it is also a book for anyone on how to face and overcome adversity!” ―WESLEY D. SCHIERMAN, POW, 1965-1973

“Alvin Townley has captured the individual accounts of these eleven men and woven them into a captivating story of resilience, courage and love of country.” ―ROBERT H. SHUMAKER, POW, 1965-1973

“Defiant is a must read for those who seek to understand and honor the very best of America and its heroes. Alvin Townley's exhaustive research shows us how our prisoners of war in Vietnam served with inspired bravery and unrelenting courage. We can now know in detail how the most abused of them all survived years of brutality and solitary confinement.” ―MELVIN R. LAIRD, Secretary of Defense (1968-1972)

“Alvin Townley has done a magnificent job of weaving together the powerful and complex story of eleven men who survived the unbelievable cruelty of their North Vietnamese captors. Defiant honors the bravery and sacrifice of our prisoners of war and their families as no other reporting has done to date. These men, many of whom I knew, deserve no less.” ―RICHARD G. CAPEN, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (1968-1971)

[Paperback, 640 pages, Alvin Townley]

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