"Continuously absorbing, suspensful, dramatic...a gripping read, a wonderful book." -- Leslie Stahl, CBS 60 Minutes
"Robin Higgins...story will enlighten,[and] enrage...Don't deprive yourself. Read It!" -- Sybil Stockdale
From the Inside Flap
Higgins' wife, herself a career Marine Corps officer, hid her Jewish identity and dedicated her life to finding him and bringing him home. Battling bureaucracy and vindictiveness, Robin struggled to gain Rich's release.
In spite of her efforts, however, Higgins was executed by his captors in retaliation for the capture of a Hezbollah cleric b the Israelis in July 1989. Hezbollah released a videotape of his corpse hanging from a rope, shown on the cover.
As the Air Force Times put it, "Higgins' death symbolized the frustration and impotence of American foreign policy in the Middle East in the late 1980s, a policy laced with flawed relationships, missteps, and a paralyzing inability to deal effectively with terrorist" (June 7, 1999)
Robin's dedication to her husband did not end with his death, however. She has continued to keep her husband's memory alive by speaking and writing about her ordeal. In October 1997, she christened a guided missile destroyer named in honor of her husband.
Patriot Dreams is a story of trust and betrayal. It is a unique look at a woman under siege, fearful of the media and angry at her husband's critics, yet, in the end, Patriot Dreams is really about love, the kind that gives strength and courage, the kind that lives forever.