While serving as a crew chief aboard a US Air Force Rescue helicopter, Airman First Class William A. Robinson was shot down and captured in Ha Tinh Province, North Vietnam, on September 20, 1965. After a brief stint at the "Hanoi Hilton", Robinson endured 2,703 days in multiple North Vietnamese prison camps, including the notorious Briarpatch and various compounds at Cu Loc, known by the inmates as the Zoo. No enlisted man in American military history has been held as a prisoner of war longer than Robinson. For seven and a half years, he faced daily privations and endured the full range of North Vietnam's torture program.
In The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A. Robinson, Glenn Robins tells Robinson's story using an array of sources, including declassified US military documents, translated Vietnamese documents, and interviews from the National Prisoner of War Museum. Robins's powerful narrative not only demonstrates how Robinson and his fellow prisoners embodied the dedication and sacrifice of America's enlisted men but also explores their place in history and memory.
"An incredibly moving account of the brutal captivity and honorable return home of a big man with an even bigger spirit, William Andrew Robinson." (Lt. General Dave Fadok, USAF, Commander & President, Air University)
"The Longest Rescue is one of the most detailed and meaningful descriptions of what it means to be a prisoner of war." (Lewis H. Carlson, author of Remember Prisoners of a Forgotten War and We Were Each Other's Prisoners)
"This fine book tells the story of William Robinson's heroic life before, during, and after his captivity experience in North Vietnam... A very personal kind of story, one that touches the emotions deeply..." (Robert C. Doyle, author of The Enemy in Our Hands)
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I Was There
A Must Read Book about POW's
First time with this narrator but the performance was very well done. Not over the top, but very well done.
I did not know the background information even though I felt I knew quite a bit about Vietnam. This book is a must listen to if you are a historian or interested in the Vietnam War.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
- Gary H