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Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey Hardcover – December, 2008
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This book, more concisely than any other, conveys the purpose and mentality of the American pilots in the Vietnam war; more importantly, it details the brutality of the Communist regime that held him prisoner, and the kinship and devotion to God, country, and duty that kept him alive during his horrendous incarceration and torture. The book is short, direct, and earnest, and makes me thankful to live in a country where men of this caliber are willing to defend us despite enormous personal risk, including torture that most of us (thankfully) cannot even begin to comprehend.
I appreciated the revealing details of not only his imprisonment, but his repatriation as well. I was amazed by how he (and the other POW's) adapted to the country and their families after many changes (many for the worse) had occurred during their confinement. I was especially interested in how he responded to the Nixon vs. McGovern debate in the country and within his own household, and refer readers to page 111 for the best and briefest analysis of McGovern's foreign policy faults, a lesson that is doubly important to remember in these times.
Leo Thorsness is a genuine American hero, and this book is everything I had hoped it would be. I recommend it to everyone everywhere, and want to personally thank Colonel Thorsness for his bravery, steadfastness, and morality during times of unimaginable difficulty. I salute you, sir.
Bless Them ALL!
Bud Farrell, Korean War B-29 Gunner, Author NO SWEAT (An Amazon listed book)