As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem to be winding down, for many it brings back memories of the Vietnam war, particularly on one issue: American policy on the rescue and negotiation for American prisoners.
Kiss the Boys Goodbye convincingly shows that a legacy of shame remains from America’s ill-fated involvement in Vietnam even though that conflict ended over 35 years ago. 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 who 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. As the authors of Kiss The Boys Goodbye point out, videos of Sergeant Bergdahl's captors graphically illustrate the distinct possibility that Bergdahl could suffer the same fate as Daniel Pearl.
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, it 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. The reason it has taken so long to bring out this second edition, which was produced and briefly available in 1999, the publishers leave to the listener’s imagination.
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Thought provoking subject but has its own bias
Yes, I would try another book by this group, but it has a journalistic style that became wearing after a while and rather repetitive. It wasn't the balanced overview I was expecting, just one side of the issue. However a quick internet search provides the counter argument.
I felt let down by the ending which just seemed to reach no resolution.
There are lots of facts, figures and details about the US military and legal structure which the narrator made easy. I wouldn't have finished the written version of this book.
Yes I think I could see this but it would be a highly glamourising version if intended for a mass audience.
A thought provoking topic and interesting because much of the follow up was in the eighties which was during my lifetime. What I really wanted was a resolution to the issue of MIA in Vietnam, but I didn't feel this delivered. This is really the story of the researcher and her obsession with the story. I found it was difficult to follow and repetitive because it revealed the stories of individuals as told and then retold to the researcher rather than a chronological timeline. It certainly made me realise how much power the people give to authorities and how it is difficult to ever know truth. I found counter arguments online which completely trashed the assertions in this book and these helped me reach a balanced viewpoint which this book alone did not.