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Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1984
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"If you can read this story and not weep, you are inhuman."--The Cincinnati Post
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In a Vietcong POW camp, Rowe endured beri-beri, dysentery, and tropical fungus diseases. He suffered grueling psychological and physical torment. He experienced the loneliness and frustration of watching his friends die. And he struggled every day to maintain faith in himself as a soldier and in his country as it appeared to be turning against him.
His survival is testimony to the disciplined human spirit.
His story is gripping.
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Held deep in Southern Vietnam, Lieutenant Rowe would be confined in bamboo cages with no protection from the elements and suffered continuous bouts of dysentery, beri-beri, and fungus infections throughout his confinement. Medical care was practically non-existent and only became available when it suited his captors needs and whims.
During the initial years of captivity, Rowe would be confined with other Americans at his camp. He and other POW's would be witness to 3 fellow soldiers starving to death while the Vietcong offered no useful assistance to help save lives.
Subjected to years of political indoctrination from camp cadre and propaganda from Hanoi radio broadcasts, Rowe was psychologically tormented and abused. Adding to his further misery was that remaining American captives being held with him were released after 4 years leaving him completely alone and isolated for the remainder of his incarceration.
After several unsuccesful escape attempts, Rowe finally succeded in evading his captors in late 1968 and was rescued after signalling an American helicopter.
Five Years to Freedom is a very graphic account of jungle captivity and all the horrors associated with it. This book is also a story of incredible courage, strength, endurance, and bravery. Very well written and inspirational, this book is perhaps one of the finest accounts of POW captivity ever written.
This book really helps put life in perspective. Our concerns pale in comparison. It also gives me the deepest respect for those who were POW's as well as those who have borne the brunt of war. People such as these are the true heroes of our time.
Before I read his book, I didn't have a grasp on what it meant to be free. I know now that we as Americans must stand up for the freedoms afforded us by our constitution. We can't allow the corruption of government. Some may say that there is nothing worth fighting for but they would certainly change there ideas if they had gone through what James Rowe went through. There are things that are things worth fighting for. James Rowe understood this and never strayed from his beliefs even through years of attempted indoctrination.
When reading his detailed accounts of the suffering inflicted on him by his captors, tears came to my eyes many times. It was inspiring at the same time to see the strength of the human spirit carry him through times of trial. And through it all, he remained true to himself and his country. He deserves all of our gratitude. I recommend this book to every American. Let's not choose the synical or pessimistic view of our government. Let's protect it!
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True story, written by the soldier who experienced prisoner of war camp in the south part of Vietnam. He writes how he survived, and never gave up. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by painterdave
Traumatic experiences sear themselves onto the brain like cattle brands. That Roe was strong enough to survive and then transfer his memories to paper is remarkable. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Matthew J. Brennan
Still reading the book but I've found it interesting so far.Published 3 days ago by John A. Schmieder
I read this book years ago in hardbound format and I am rereading it now on Kindle--so much easier on my eyes. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ladyinmead
The book made you feel like you were actually going through all the experiences with him . I felt like I was living the nightmare of 5 years of captivity. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
What an american stud. If everyone could deal with their issues like Ro, the world would have alot less problems..Published 19 days ago by jeff
While Rowe's experience was FAR different from many other POW's in the Vietnam War, it is nonetheless an important tale to be told. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reed
It must be 30 years since I read this book. I've never forgotten it. Unbelievable story of survival. Befriending bugs...I can't imagine surviving this brave mans journey.Published 1 month ago by Casey