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Soldiers of Misfortune: Washington's Secret Betrayal of American POWs in the Soviet Union Hardcover – September, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0915765836 ISBN-10: 0915765837 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Natl Pr Books; First edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915765837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915765836
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely, this is the most riveting and explosive book I have ever read. I served 2 tours of combat duty in the Korean WAR; futhermore, had I been privy to this read, you could never have gotten me back to Korea- never -. The Big Lie, spawned out of the Beltway since 1945 to the present, is inconcievable, that the DoD, State Dept, Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff [all], deny the existense of American GI"s languishing in Siberia, Red China, North Korea and North Vietnam . Imagine, former POW"s readily admit, they had seen American POW"s herded off to the Soviet Union and to Red China. Whose hearts go out to our MIA/POW families whom have been grossly and deliberately LIED to by government officials ?? Whereas, our Presidents [all] since 1945, turned their backs on all captured American POW"s. I pray, from this hurt, that one American staggers out of the Soviet Union to corroborate all, in this vale of tears- maybe, just maybe - the apathetic American populace will wake up to being had by a devious lot in our nation"s capital, as they go about THEIR business as usual. If this read doesn"t make your blood boil, then you aren"t alive; however, the assertions, send an ambigious message to any teenager who may be thinking about enlisting: "I wonder, will my President and countrymen come to my rescue if I am captured by the enemy"?? It is your call youngsters. Sayonara.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Tolle on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Soldiers of Misfortune, covering World War II, the Korean war, and Vietnam, is a profoundly shocking insight as to what has become of thousands of U.S. POW's during these wars. According to the authors, years of investigative work went into the formulation of the book and it is clearly evident in the text.
Painstaking attention has been given and recorded to remove anyone's doubts of this books authenticity. The authors list a staggering record of POW's forever lost to our enemies, the names of prison camps and gulags where they were held, intricate dates and timelines of events, and eyewitness accounts of vital information pertaining to U.S. soldiers forgotten by our govenment.
In the years following World War II, the Korean war, and Vietnam, the actions by our govenment to conceal data concerning our POW's and it's campaigns to silence anyone investigating the issue is absolutely apalling. This book will define for the reader the gross misuses of power, illegal tactics to manipulate and humiliate citizens seeking honest answers, and the use of outright threats and intimidation to bury the subject forever.
Great credit is due to the authors of this book for their courage and perseverance to expose the plight of our lost U.S. servicemen. This book is very highly recommended to everyone who would like an untainted and factual look into the heartbreaking saga of missing U.S. soldiers.
Readers may also be interested in "Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States betrayed its own POW's in Vietnam" by Monica Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson. Excellent source material here that reiterates much information found in Soldiers of Misfortune.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
After reading this book and completing several years of research of my own to satisfy myself that what I was reading was factual, I find that I would not have served through three brush fire wars had I seen this information first. The lack of value washington places on a soldiers life is absolutely astounding.
Combat Vetran: Desert Storm, Panama, Grenada 11b,19k
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lara on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Another reviewer [SD] has asked some pertinent questions. Where and who were all the POWs and why didn't their families know? Well, obviously the reviewer was not paying attention.

The majority of the POWs who were not returned were those who were "liberated" by the Red Army. Many of the POWs who were "taken" were those who were captured after the Battle of the Bulge. They were in the best health and their whereabouts were in question. Field Marshal Alexander TROOPERS command in Italy pointed out in a message to AFHQ that those 20,000 POWs being held at Graz, Austria were NOT being transported overland as promised. The Soviets were not sending back Allied troops one for one for Russian troops.

Secondly, there were family members who were looking for their sons, the case of Mrs. Stinchnoth is well documented. She was told that her son died in the destruction of his plane the Damifino at the raid on the Ploesti oilfields. Body totally and plane totally destroyed when it crashed into an ammo dump. Yet, after the war, Mrs. Stinchnoth received a letter from a former translator at Stalag 3a who wanted to know if Sgt. Reitz, her son, had made it home safely. Since Sgt. Reitz, according to the government had been incinerated some years prior, where did the translator get her address to inquire about Sgt. Reitz? How did he even know about Sgt. Reitz? I might remind you that Stalag 3a, Luckenwalde, was where many POWs were taken to the Soviet Union, ostensibly to be sent to Yalta and sent home on ships. Only 2989 US POWs came back from the Soviet Union that way. Where are the rest of them?

What about the parcels that family members sent? Well, trust me, few of the parcels actually got through. Even fewer were the letters that got home.
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