SURVIVING HELL: A POW'S JOURNEY
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Book ISBN: 9781594032363
Author(s): Leo Thorsness
Document type: Trade Cloth
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Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey
Leo gives us an intimate glimpse of real torture at the hands of real torturers: Waterboarding would have been a welcome relief. The story paints the vivid contrast between the politicians, then and now, and the warriors who do the fighting, suffering, and dying, then and now. It is a story of courage, faith, optimism, sacrifice, and brotherhood, that transcends life. Told by a true hero about lots of other true heroes.
Timothy R. Eby (Amazon.com)
couldn't put it down!
I bought the book for my husband and he couldn't put it down once he started reading it. He has already lent it to a friend.
Mary V. Kessel (Amazon.com)
"Faith, Family, Friends, Fun"
Leo Thorsness has been a hero of mine since I first read about his Medal of Honor mission when I was a teenager. I was one of the first to buy the Matthew Waki print "Rendezvous with the Rattlesnake" depicting his MOH mission, and it still hangs on the wall of my study today. Having read the majority of the F-105 biographies, I had been hoping for years that Colonel Thorsness would write one of his own. He finally has, and I was not disappointed.
This book, more concisely than any other, conveys the purpose and mentality of the American pilots in the Vietnam war; more importantly, it details the brutality of the Communist regime that held him prisoner, and the kinship and devotion to God, country, and duty that kept him alive during his horrendous incarceration and torture. The book is short, direct, and earnest, and makes me thankful to live in a country where men of this caliber are willing to defend us despite enormous personal risk, including torture that most of us (thankfully) cannot even begin to comprehend.
I appreciated the revealing details of not only his imprisonment, but his repatriation as well. I was amazed by how he (and the other POW's) adapted to the country and their families after many changes (many for the worse) had occurred during their confinement. I was especially interested in how he responded to the Nixon vs. McGovern debate in the country and within his own household, and refer readers to page 111 for the best and briefest analysis of McGovern's foreign policy faults, a lesson that is doubly important to remember in these times.
Leo Thorsness is a genuine American hero, and this book is everything I had hoped it would be. I recommend it to everyone everywhere, and want to personally thank Colonel Thorsness for his bravery, steadfastness, and morality during times of unimaginable difficulty. I salute you, sir.
Robert I. Hedges (Amazon.com)
I was one of many on that mission and with the others, attempted to rescue
Leo, Harry , Bob Abbott and Joe Abbott. Too close to "town" and MIGs in the area. We all think about this daily.
Lt Col (USAF) Ret
Edward M. Dobson Jr. (Amazon.com)
Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey
Excellent book. Easy to read but powerful. Thorsness shows his strength and character in the manner in which he describes his captivity in Hanoi. A true American hero.
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