Remembered Prisoners of A Forgotten War

Remembered Prisoners of A Forgotten War

An Oral History of the Korean War POWs

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Debunking common myths about American POWs during the Korean War, the author of We Were Each Others Prisoners sheds new light on the true-life experences of veterans of the conflict in a compelling oral history. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
The Korean War POW remains the most maligned victim of all American wars. For nearly half a century, the media, general public, and even scholars have described hundreds of these prisoners as "brainwashed" victims who uncharacteristically caved in to their Communist captors or, even worse, as turncoats who betrayed their fellow soldiers. In either case, these boys apparently lacked the "right stuff" required of our brave sons.

Here, at long last, is a chance to hear the true story of these courageous men in their own words-- a story that, until now, has gone largely untold. Dr. Carlson debunks many of the popular myths of Korean War POWs in this devastating oral history that's as compelling and moving as it is informative. From the Tiger Death March to the paranoia here at home, Korean POWs suffered injustices on a scale few can comprehend. More than 40 percent of the 7,140 Americans taken prisoner died in captivity, and as haunting tales of the survivors unfold, it becomes clear that the goal of these men was simply to survive under the most terrible conditions.

Each survivor's story is a unique and personal experience, from missionary teacher Larry Zeller's imprisonment in the death cells of P'yongyang and his first encounter with the infamous killer known as The Tiger, to Rubin Townsend's daring escape from a death march by jumping off a bridge in a blinding snowstorm. From capture to forced marches, isolation, permanent camps, and torture, Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War is one of the most fascinating and disturbing books on the Korean War in years-- and a brutally honest account of the Korean POW experience, in the survivors' own words.


Blackwell North Amer
The Korean War POW remains the most maligned victim of all American wars. For nearly half a century, the media, general public, and even scholars have described hundreds of these prisoners as "brainwashed" victims who uncharacteristically caved in to their Communist captors or, even worse, as turncoats who betrayed their fellow soldiers. In either case, these boys apparently lacked the "right stuff" required of our brave sons.

Baker
& Taylor

Debunking common myths about American POWs during the Korean War, the author sheds new light on the true-life experiences of veterans of the conflict.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312286842
0312286848
Branch Call Number: 951.9042 Carlson 2002
Characteristics: xv, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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