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Author: Gerald Coffee Narrator: Gerald Coffee Publisher: Made for Success Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781482997835
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When life loses its meaning, when suddenly the world is turned upside down, when there’s nothing left that resembles life as we’ve known it, where do we find the strength and sustenance to go on? For naval aviator Jerry Coffee and others who were held as prisoners of war in North Vietnam, there was only one choice: go within.

Beyond Survival is a journey into the invincible human spirit that unites heart and mind in a compelling and unforgettable experience. Drawing from his seven years as a POW, Captain Coffee provides timeless lessons that apply to the physical, emotional, and ethical challenges of everyday life. Proving that leadership and creativity are possible in difficult and uncertain circumstances, Captain Coffee offers a message we can draw on in any trying situation. His story demonstrates that conviction must come from within, and in telling that story, he touches the place inside us where growth begins. Beyond Survival is a positive statement about love and commitment in the midst of war and division. It contrasts the cold reality of war, degradation, and torture with the warmth of human connections, inner serenity, and kinship with all life. It poignantly illustrates that to be stripped of everything that is familiar and by which we identify ourselves leaves us with only what unites us—our human identity. It conveys truths about relationships at every level: with ourselves, with others, with our country, and with our God.

Without inflaming the wounds inflicted by America’s involvement in Vietnam, Beyond Survival explores an issue at the heart of every free society: the willingness of ordinary individuals to maintain a passion for freedom so compelling that adversity strengthens rather than weakens personal resolve in the worst of circumstances. Through Gerald Coffee’s story you will discover the universal principles of survival and triumph that empower anyone to overcome adversity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His story is fascinating and compelling—a real inspiration.”

    Larry King

  • Beyond Survival yanks you right out of your easy chair and into the terrifying world of a North Vietnamese prison. This is more than a POW story; it is a moving and inspirational message of hope. It stirs the inner strengths we all need to survive our own Hanoi Hiltons.”

    Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • Beyond Survival walks its reader through one of the most outrageous horror stories of our time. Captain Coffee’s relentless courage and steadfast faith [are] an unforgettable inspiration to all of us.”

    Harvey Mackay, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Retired US Navy captain Coffee was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from 1966 to 1973, most of the time in Hanoi and in a cell by himself. How he endured and what he learned from the experience are the subjects of this inspiring book…Each chapter is headed by a paragraph of invincible principles that Coffee discovered for himself during his ordeal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[This] gripping, compelling narrative of imprisonment certainly testifies convincingly that with a few simple certitudes one can survive dire circumstances. Coffee’s ordeal makes most of life’s ordinary setbacks seem eminently survivable. A well-written book.”

    Library Journal

  • “Powerfully written, beautifully expressed, poignant, deeply moving, and courageous, emotionally so.”

    Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, USAF, coauthor of Fighter Pilot

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About the Author

Gerald Coffee, considered one of the nation’s top speakers, addresses scores of audiences each year, including many prestigious business and leadership groups. Born in Modesto, California, he joined the Navy in 1957 after graduating from UCLA with a major in business administration. After returning from Vietnam, he received his master’s degree in political science and then attended the esteemed National Defense University in Washington, DC. Captain Coffee has earned many military awards and decorations, including the Silver Star, as well as numerous civilian awards. Retired from the Navy since 1985, he now lives in Hawaii.