This book is one of those books your read and remember for the rest of your life. It was both enlightening and incredibly sad at the same time. Everyone should read this book. It is a critical part of our history as a nation. Also everyone who thinks the government is the savior of us all must read this.This book is considered the bible on the subject of the MIA subject. That is why I read it. However after reading this I wouldn't describe it quite that way.
The book is really about a 60 minutes producer's adventure to prepare a story about the Vietnam MIA issue. The story goes over a period of years. You are with her as these mysterious people arise from the shadows to explain things. Through this you learn about the issue. The author presents some interesting theories on why the MIAs remained missing. She waves a tale that supports the story that a conspiracy at the highest levels of government intelligence agencies existed to keep them missing. Intelligence agencies were running a secret war against the communists. To finance this war the CIA was peddling drugs world wide. MIAs coming back would blow the lid off of that whole scheme.
Her tales as told through these witnesses were wild to say the least. She talks about failed or canceled raids to save POWs, She talks about North Vietnam delivering a ransom demand for the POWs. A lot of the book focuses around the return of PFC Garwood. The author presents PFC Garwood as a victim and not what the official record says. She quotes a witness about a tale that some prisoners were secretly sent home in 1987. Another witness talks about how the NVA were capturing other American's and moving them north to hold for ransom later. Supposedly the government knew about Garwood in detail before he came home. The book explains why Perot doesn't like the Bushes. Her last chapter is a real grabber. She describes herself meeting a mysterious person in North Vietnam who looked like a POW.
After reading the book you will be convinced of the belief that the government did leave the POWs behind. However her evidence is from these mysterious gentlemen. The tales are sound. However there isn't much hard evidence, just a few letters in the back. Spies make there living by lying. I think people might consider that when you read this. Overall there surely is a lot of smoke around this issue. Where there is smoke there must be fire. The mere thought that we on purpose left people behind is very sad. Anyone who thinks government is our savior needs to remember that. The government that might left those people behind for a live of hell can do anything to any of us.