The Longest Rescue

  • by Glenn Robins
  • Narrated by CAPT Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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I Was There

This is one of the best book that I have read. I would rate it with "Unbroken". Really liked the way that Capt. narrated, with his vivid word pictures, i really felt that I was there in the helicopter and prison camp with William, even though I was fortunate not have been shot down, I was also in the USAF, stationed in Thailand with a special helecopter squadron during 1968,69. This book and special care that Capt. Spalding used to tell William Robinson's story brought back many memories. I highly suggest this book to anyone.
Hugh Dan Stinson, MSgt, Retd, USAF
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- Dan

A Must Read Book about POW's

Have you listened to any of CAPT Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time with this narrator but the performance was very well done. Not over the top, but very well done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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- Gary H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks