From Library Journal
Literature on the experiences of Americans as prisoners of war far predates the Persian Gulf War, Vietnam conflict, or even the Civil War. An astonishing number of narratives date from the Colonial period and the Revolutionary War. Doyle (American studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.) has put together a comprehensive listing of American POW narratives from 17th-century Colonial America up to the present. While some space has been devoted to analyzing the psychological aspects of captivity, most of the book is taken up with excerpts from the works cited. While these vignettes are admittedly compelling, their very number has a palling effect. The appendixes pull together some useful casualty lists and hard-to-find POW statistics. Most valuable for its extensive bibliography, this book is recommended only for the largest military and academic collections.- David H. Hall, Sunnyvale P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
"This book examines, with a gift for both analysis and narrative, how the American POW experience, over three hundred years from the first settlers to Vietnam, was perceived and what being a prisoner of war was really like. Yet it is also more than that, in showing how individuals have sought personal meaning in catastrophic experience and borne witness to it in telling their stories."--Stanley Weintraub, author of Long Day's Journey into War
"A stunning work filled with fresh and distinctive interpretations. It should be of interest to a very broad readership."--Gordon O. Taylor, author of Chapters of Experience: Studies in American Autobiography