The irony is that Thompson's life improved little upon his return to the United States. His wife had taken up with another man, his family fell apart, he drank to excess, and his son was convicted of murder. Readers will be at once tempted and reluctant to call Thompson a hero--tempted because of how much he suffered for serving his country and for his numerous escape attempts, but reluctant because Thompson was himself responsible for much of the pain he brought on himself and his family following his return.
Military journalist Tom Philpott has produced an oddly fascinating book about Thompson's ordeal. Glory Denied is not a piece of narrative nonfiction, but an oral history. It tells Thompson's story through the words of Thompson and those who knew him. Readers who want a more uplifting POW story may want to try Faith of Our Fathers by Senator John McCain (who contributes a foreword to Glory Denied), yet Philpott's book may come closer to capturing the agony so many Americans continue to associate with Vietnam. --John J. Miller
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Tom Philpott's oral history is a terrific vehicle to translate the story to the reader.
For us to look down on anyone of them is to look down on ourselves, and we should be all inspired by Colonel Thompson's unbelievably heroic story.
Very few people will tell you that Jim Thompson was the longest held POW in Vietnam when asked.
Bing a Viet Nam Veteran, I'm aware of the lingerring effects of the war. It suprised me that our involvement was much longer than thought. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bob Brindle
Jim thompson is a hero that was not given his due acknowledgements. Horah for this book. I hope it sells well.Published 19 months ago by Airborne1
My husband is an avid reader and was in the military for 43 years,and likes to read true stories. Saw this book and purchased it for him. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by Mary L. Little
I had the Honor of meeting Col. Thompson and 7 other Vietnam POW'S as I was a comrade in Arms with one of them Maj. Ret. Mark A. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by KonKrete
This story is gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, insightful, absolutely worth reading. I think if every American read this book, one would appreciate so much more the meaning of the... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by D. Di Ferdinando
Enjoyed the book very much. I would not recommend it to all as it is an oral history and jumped from family members to military, etc. Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Sherri M. Groves
Reading this book will bring tears to your eyes. My heart goes out to Colonel Thompson and his family. A true Hero in every sense of the word, his story is heartbreaking. Read morePublished on December 25, 2009 by George A. Thompson Jr.
Attention: this is not a straightforward account. The author relies on statements from various people involved, so on the page it almost looks like the script to a play. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Caraculiambro
I was under the impression that the book would be new, however it appeared to be used. It was in good shape, but used.
So I was a little disappointed.