Hardcover: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.14 x 9.50 x 6.34
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312286848; 1st edition (April 2002)
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 of a heinous enemy who had 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 thats as compelling and moving as it is informative. From the Tiger Death March to the paranoia here at home, Korean War POWs suffered injustices on a scale few can comprehend. More than 40 percent of the 7,140 Americans taken prisoners died in captivity, and as the 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 survivors story is a unique and personal experience, from missionary teacher Larry Zellers imprisonment in the death cells of Pyongyang and his first encounter with the infamous killer known as the Tiger, to Rubin Townsends 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 most fascinating and disturbing books on the Korean War in yearsand a brutally honest account of the Korean War POW experience, in the survivors own words.
About the Author
Lewis H. Carlson is a prolific author and retired professor of history and director of American Studies at Western Michigan University. His books include We Were Each Other's Prisoners: An Oral History of World War II American and German Prisoners of War and TALES OF GOLD: Olympic Stories as Told by Those Who Lived Them. Dr. Carlson lives in Michigan and Texas.
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