The League of Wives

The League of Wives

The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home

Book - 2019
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"The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington--and Hanoi--to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam. On February 12, 1973, one hundred and fifteen men who, just six years earlier, had been high flying Navy and Air Forcepilots, shuffled, limped, or were carried off a huge military transport plane at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. These American servicemen had endured years of brutal torture, kept shackled and starving in solitary confinement, in rat-infested, mosquito-laden prisons, the worst of which was The Hanoi Hilton. Months later, the first Vietnam POWs to return home would learn that their rescuers were their wives, a group of women that included Jane Denton, Sybil Stockdale, Louise Mulligan, Andrea Rander, Phyllis Galanti, and Helene Knapp. These women, who formed The National League of Families, would never have called themselves "feminists," but they had become the POW and MIAs most fervent advocates, going to extraordinary lengths to facilitate their husbands' freedom--and to account for missing military men--by relentlessly lobbying government leaders, conducting a savvy media campaign, conducting covert meetings with antiwar activists, most astonishingly, helping to code secret letters to their imprisoned husbands. In a page-turning work of narrative non-fiction, Heath Hardage Lee tells the story of these remarkable women for the first time in The League of Wives."--Biography.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781250161109
Characteristics: 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 11, 2019

Very interesting about Vietnam Nam War, LBJ & Nixon

Apr 24, 2019

This is an amazing book about an amazing bunch of women and an amazing bunch of men and a not so amazing US federal government. The obstacles that these wives of POW's and MIA's in Vietnam faced were unending- personally, locally, familial, nationally, and internationally. The US government under Lyndon Johnson totally stonewalled them when they were trying to find out if their husbands were alive, how they were being treated, could they get mail, care packages, etc. The International Red Cross wouldn't even help them. This is a very inspiring book and took me back to the 60's and 70's, I wore a POW metal bracelet for years and glad to know that buying it helped them a tiny little bit. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in history, espionage, government, women's rights, the Vietnam War, etc.


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