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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Henderson Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The true story made famous in Werner Herzog’s acclaimed film Rescue Dawn—the incredible drama of the pilot who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to lead a mass escape from a POW camp deep in the Laotian jungle

In February 1966, US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over “neutral Laos.” He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

But German-born Dengler was no ordinary prisoner. Already a legend in the Navy for his escape and evasion skills—amply demonstrated during training in the California desert—he would initiate, plan, and lead an organized escape from the POW camp, becoming the longest-held American to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Caught in a most desperate situation, imprisoned not only by the enemy but by the jungle itself, Dengler’s heroic impulse was to not only get himself out but to free all the other POWs—Americans, Thai, and Chinese—some of whom had been held for years.

In a surreal scene of brotherhood and celebration, Dengler returned to his aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, six months after being shot down—emaciated and ravaged with strange tropical illnesses but very much alive and joyous to be so—only two weeks before the ship was due to leave the Gulf of Tonkin and return home.

Bruce Henderson served with Dengler aboard Ranger off the coast of Vietnam and here tells Dengler’s complete story for the first time, drawing on extensive interviews with the intrepid pilot, his squadron mates, friends, and family, as well as declassified military archival materials, some now available for the first time, and personal letters and journals. Henderson’s riveting account amply demonstrates why Dengler’s story of unending optimism, innate courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds remains for his fellow flyers and shipmates the best and brightest memory of their generation’s war.

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  • “Henderson, who served as a navy weatherman aboard Dengler’s aircraft carrier, has crafted a worthy narrative that adds new material based on interviews with Dengler (who died in 2001) and his navy comrades, friends. and family, along with newly unearthed archival records…This often riveting account sheds new light on an oft-told true story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[McLaren’s] animated involvement adds a special spark to a work already compelling from beginning to end.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Todd | 1/5/2014

    " The first half of this book gets only 3+ stars, but the second half is so good, I just had to give it 5 stars. The first half is build up to the main story which tells of the capture and astonishing escape of Dieter Dengler from a POW camp in Laos. What this man went through is truly unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Buddy Zarbock | 12/14/2013

    " Great book...a real life account of an escape from a prison camp during the Vietnam war. The story is well told and written from two perspectives. One of my favorites. Truly a "guy" book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Brink | 12/3/2013

    " True American hero & bada$$!!! After crashing his Spud, he was captured and led a prison break with fellow POWs. This guy was a survivor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria Lunn | 10/18/2013

    " This is an amazing story and a well read audio book. "

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