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4.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 5 4.39 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James N. Rowe Narrator: Reathel Bean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9780739302934
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When Green Beret Lieutenant James N. Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam, his life became more than a matter of staying alive.

In a Vietcong POW camp, Rowe endured beri-beri, dysentery, and tropical fungus diseases. He suffered grueling psychological and physical torment. He experienced the loneliness and frustration of watching his friends die. And he struggled every day to maintain faith in himself as a soldier and in his country as it appeared to be turning against him.

His survival is testimony to the disciplined human spirit.

His story is gripping.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Most Important Book Ever Written About The Vietnam Experience.  The people of the United States can be immensely proud of Nick Rowe and Americans like him who have resisted and survived the worst abuse a brutal enemy could visit upon us. Robin Moore
  • If you can read this story and not weep, you are inhuman. The Cincinnati Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 2/19/2014

    " AWESOME book! I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Vietnam or war stories or just stories of amazing survival. It is very readable and gives a lot of background into the Vietnam culture and the politics of the war. The man kept a diary throughout his captivity and it showed an interesting side to the indoctrination/policies of the Vietnam people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/16/2014

    " The autobiography of Vietnam POW Nick Rowe, this book is above and beyond what I had expected. Rowe does a great job sharing his story in a manner that keeps the reader wanting to turn to the next page. If you want a glimpse into what Vietnam POWs went through this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/3/2014

    " I don't know what to say about this book other than Read It! The experiences this man went through as a POW for five years, and the fact that he was able to keep surviving is a testament to his character and human resolve in the face of adversity. If you think you're going through hardships and life is so tough on you, this book will put things into perspective. I can imagine it was difficult for the author to put all these things on paper and relive the experiences while writing, but it is to the benefit of the American people (and others as well) that he has. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lahni Johnson | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and learning about everything he did to survive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/18/2014

    " Freedom is not free. It is paid for by men like Rowe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/12/2013

    " Amazing book about a man's courage and strength while being a POW in Vietnam for 5 years. One of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 12/10/2013

    " A ture story of a true soldier. One who endured in the face of the unendurable. A story of maintaining one's principles in spite of unbelievable hardship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Brink | 12/7/2013

    " Held longer than any other POW in Vietnam. Personal hero of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Kirby | 11/24/2013

    " Very good book about what a person can endure and how survival in any situation depends not only on physical capability but relies a lot on mental condition and positive thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty O | 11/23/2013

    " Though I am not big on non fiction, this was interesting to me because I really paid no attention to the Viet Nam war as it was happening (too young, no family members involved). It was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Winter | 11/20/2013

    " Really good story about the POW time of the father f the modern SERE program "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Lenk | 10/27/2013

    " This was a great book. Very honest account of treatment and thought process. I'm not sure how Major Rowe can remember so many details though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Weitz | 10/3/2013

    " One of the most amazing books I've ever read. Truly inspirational. A must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Davis | 7/31/2013

    " I wanted to like this, but it reads like a first draft and was very, very hard to slog through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Lewis | 7/23/2013

    " Interesting but a really tough read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 4/5/2013

    " Holy smokes this is insane! This is probably the most amazing story of determination ever told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/22/2013

    " Wondering why this hasn't become a movie since I read it way back in 1982. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Flanagan | 3/5/2013

    " The story of amazing sacrifice for God & country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/3/2013

    " The writing was tough to get through at the beginning, but I really learned a lot about Vietnam by reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/21/2013

    " amazing story of survival, great details into the life of a pow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/5/2013

    " An incredible story... there are many like this out there, but it was Rowe's account that got the Army to start training people in Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. This is virtually a textbook in SERE training.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren Sapp | 10/8/2012

    " Nick Rowe developed the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape) School used by the United States Military based upon his experiences as POW in Vietnam. This book is about those five years and his daily fight for survival as well as numerous escape attempts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy Stubblefield | 7/20/2012

    " Another great read. LTC Rowe is an American hero. RIP "

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About the Author

James N. Rowe (1938-1989) was a United States Army officer and one of only thirty-four American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War.