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Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed its Own POWs in Vietnam Mass Market Paperback – September 17, 1999

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About the Author

Monika Jensen-Stevenson is a former magazine editor and producer for 60 Minutes. She won a Gold Medal for Best TV Documentary at the New York International Film and TV Festival for one of her CTV productions and an Emmy for her minidocumentary In the Belly of the Beast.

William Stevenson was trained in aerial espionage as a British naval fighter pilot during World War II. A respected historian and expert on covert warfare, he is the author of sixteen books, including A Man Called Intrepid, Intrepid’s Last Case,. and 90 Minutes at Entebbe.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (September 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771083289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771083280
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Tolle on March 5, 2003
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Kiss the Boys Goodbye is a well detailed and researched book on the continuing plight of the POW/MIA saga which has repeatedly surfaced since the end of the Vietnam war. The book is basically the continuation of Monica Jensen Stevenson's investigation which started when she worked for 60 Minutes and aired a program of POW/MIA's which was not to her satisfaction.
That is to say, the media, being 60 Minutes, edited the program and other matierial to suit what would be acceptable to the U.S government as to not cause the government any embarrassment or uncomfortable questions on the subject. Stevenson, unhappy with the final result, decided to quit working for 60 Minutes and wrote this book on her own with her husband William Stevenson.
This book will probably make the reader angry and suspicious of what just really has become of our U.S. soldiers that were "lost" in Vietnam and those who were taken as prisoners of war. There are multiple accounts in the book of government cover-up's, intimidation, media suppression of facts, outright lies to military dependants who lost loved ones in Vietman, and manipulation to coerce people from digging too deep to find true answers.
Kiss the Boys Goodbye contains many interviews and intelligence information gleaned from former POW's, former U.S. intelligence operatives, U.S. politicians, families of the missing, and others that has placed them at risk for retaliation and humiliation from the government.
This book will give startling examples of recent intelligence that proves Americans are still alive and being held against their will in Vietnam and what has actually been done to address the issue by our govenment in recent years (which hasn't been much).
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on May 20, 2002
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This is a book that should make ordinary American citizens exceedingly sad and angry. Although some may argue that its message is old news, and certainly very dated information, the horror and outrage it should occasion is neither old nor dated. For what the authors contend, and go on to impressively prove, is that our national government deliberately and maliciously betrayed its own soldiers trapped as Prisoners Of War (POWs) in Vietnam, abandoning them in favor of a quick and otherwise painless exit from the war in Southeast Asia. This, as the authors argue, is a truly devastating indictment of the Nixon administration, and one for which they cannot be forgiven.
However, it is more than that. It is also a bizarre story of men left behind for the sake of political expedience and due to a number of highly classified clandestine operations, which were purposely kept from the American people. The story line begins with the sad saga of a young ex-marine who escaped from Vietnam on the late 1970s and claimed to have seen a large number of fellow American servicemen still being held by the Vietnamese. However, he was quickly charged with desertion and collaboration with the enemy, in what seemed to be a desperate effort on the part of governmental officials to bury both him and his story of American prisoners as deeply as possible from public view. From here the plot takes a number of bizzare twists and turns.
As the authors began to investigate the young marine's story, layers of deception, half-truths, and active censorship began to emerge. What they finally uncovered was an amazing tale of official deception from the highest levels in government, and also a very well organized and relentless abuse of official governmental power.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2003
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When I met my husband in 1979. He had just escaped Vietnem the year before. He was one of the boat people. He told me way back in 1979 that he had seen American POW's as late as 1978 with his own eyes on more then one occasion. He was riding his scooter far out in the country side and saw a group of tall, long haired and bearded Caucasion men working the rice paddy fields under Vietnamese armed guard. When he looked a little too long and too hard the guards aimed thier rifles at him so he looked away and kept driving.
He said the caucasian mens faces were very sad.
My husband wouldn't lie to me.He still insists it true and we have told many people about it
Since then I made it a point to question every Vietnemese refugee I met. Several had told me they saw them with their own eyes as late as 1982.
I was also told that it was common knowledge in Vietnam that American POW's were still there.They were surprised that most Americans didn't know about it. They just figured maybe we didn't want them back or didn't care.
I don't know if there are any left alive now. It's been so long. But, I pray for them every night.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on January 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This gripping expose of a major political scandal of the Vietnam War is the story of a investigation by two award-winning journalists. Kiss the Boys Goodbye shows evidence of POWs abandoned in Vietnam.
From the government obstruction and missing files to censored testimony the book reveals that the power brokers are really in control. The well-detailed book leaves virtually no stone unturned.
The book is not only a "good read," it also contains a wealth of important information that no researcher of the Pow/MIA issue can do without. The author has gone to exhaustive lengths in the detailing of this American tragedy.
Consumed by the book from the first page, I am most impressed by the way the author is able to bring out the truth. So for those looking for truly honest answers you would do well to get this book today.
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