[Ebook / KINDLE] ( Captured: An American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam (Scholastic Focus)) BY Alvin Townley

I ordered this book with apprehension This was my generation We wore POW bracelets My friend s father was MIA One of the big lessons I took away was the fact that since the US Congress had not formally declared war on Viet Nam any military personnel captured by the Viet Cong were treated as criminals not POW S WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO TREATMENT s who would have been subject to treatment by the Geneva Convention Reading this book brought the war home to me In fact when the author mentioned Ed Davis I thought of my friend until Ed s age was mentioned He would have been too young It also changed my image of Hanoi Hilton I had always thought of that as an actual hotel that had been taken over to house prisonersIt was a tough read in several ways First it brought to light the horrible treatment our POW s received Second the writing itself was not what I was used to readingThe book details one man s time as a POW for eight years We read about conditions during the year and perhaps changed a perception or two about the country of Viet Nam Thank you War is hell General William T ShermanThe Eastern world it is explodingviolence flaring bullets loadingYou re old enough to ill but not for votingYou don t believe in war but what s that gun you re toting Barry McGuire Eve of Destruction 1965That song is very a propos to this dayI found this story very intense sad heartwarming affirming and triumphant 1965 was a banner year in world history The Beatles made history at Shea Stadium on August 15 1965 President Johnson 1965 President Johnson the Voters Rights Act into law The war in Vietnam had escalated to a then all time high Riots although they did not start in 1965 many took place that year in the United States Watts California was the scene of the most infamous Alvin Townley a critically acclaimed author of adult nonfiction delivers a searing YA debut about American POWs during the Vietnam WarNaval aviator Jeremiah Denton was shot down and captured in North Vietnam in 1965 As a POW Jerry Denton led a group of fellow American prisoners in withstanding gruesome conditions behind enemy li.

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 Captured: An American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam (Scholastic Focus)S definitely ey in helping these MEN SURVIVE HAVING GROWN UP DURING survive Having grown up during years #the conflicting attitudes towards the value of the war are very familiar to me but # conflicting attitudes towards the value of the war are very familiar to me but people today tend to have little appreciation for the causes of the conflict the loss of life there and the socio political discord that raged at home This book would be suitable for older teens and could be used in the classroom or in a reading group setting and should spark great conversation about the tremendous cost of war for everyone involved After reading the grown up version Defiant I wanted a young adult book for my middle school humanities class I LOVED defiant It was well written and helped me understand the horrors these men endured imprisoned at the infamous Hanoi Hilton Captured was poorly written I found two typos in chapter one The story sort of plodded along never really gaining any ground I got the YA version to try and avoid a lot of swears for school but still wanting the students to gain an understanding into what happened to the POW s Their treatment was detailed later in the book but to grab a YA reader sometimes they need a bit of reality right away The uiz wasn t really described Use YA appropriate language but let these ids now what these men suffered Overall I felt very disappointed after looking forward to having my whole class read this book together Oh and there are still swears not that I super care but I would rather a id hear gruesome scenes of torture as a POW than throwing a few swears in there for shock value at school Maybe I will just have them read some excerpts from the real deal not this watered down ids version YA can and should still be written well This one seemed rushed and poorly thought through. 73 after the longest and harshest deployment in US historyDenton's story is an extraordinary narrative of human resilience and endurance Townley grapples with themes of perseverance leadership and duty while also deftly portraying the deeply complicated realities of the Vietnam War in this gripping narrative project for YA reade. Iot in the United States that yearJeremiah Denton was an American POW Prisoner of War who served nearly 8 years in the infamous Hanoi HELLton yes you read American POW Prisoner of War who served nearly 8 years in the infamous Hanoi HELLton yes you read right Jeremiah Denton and his fellow prisoners communicated by using their own secret codes and by signaling to one another through an eye blink version of the Morse Code Photographs are included which make this book even effective This book will give readers an inside view #of the sheer hell the war was for those most directly involved # the sheer hell the war was for those most directly involved for all who were most directly impacted I really enjoyed this true story of heroism and fortitude during the Vietnam War This would make a great series on HBO or Netflix Mr Townley has the ability to make you feel like you are right there and writes a great tale for all ages This is a well researched well written and engaging story about the experiences of American POWs during the height of the Viet Nam war The narrative centers around Jeremiah Denton who spent 7 years imprisoned the men who endured with him and the North Vietnamese captors Descriptive without being overwhelmingly graphic the physical emotional and spiritual challenges as well as the way the men worked to overcome them are clearly described The author has included many photos and diagrams that are excellent additions to the text He also presents a brief history of Viet Nam and the long term shaping effect of colonialism Putting this particular experience within a context does not excuse any of the horrors inflicted by either side but it does help the reader to understand the perspective of the Vietnamese people The Officers commitment to the mission and the military code of honor is something that I struggle to understand from my perspective but it wa. Nes They developed a system of secret codes and covert communications to eep up their spirits Later he would endure torture and long periods of solitary confinement Always Jerry told his fellow POWs that they would one day return home together Although Jerry spent seven and a half years as a POW he did finally return home in 19.

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