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"If hell is here on earth, it is located on an oddly shaped city block in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam," writes Sam Johnson, who lived in that hell for seven years.

Col. Samuel R. Johnson, U.S. Air Force, was shot down in April, 1966, while flying his twenty-fifth mission over North Vietnam. Shortly after his capture and imprisonment in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, Colonel Johnson was labeled a diehard by his enemies. His creative and innovative resistance of prison authority earned him banishment to the high-security prison unit where, unknown to U.S. military intelligence, Ho Chi Minh kept the eleven prisoners believed to be a serious threat to his war efforts. For two years Johnson and the other ten endured leg irons, malnutrition, and appallingly primitive conditions while imprisoned in tiny cubicles built in the earthen-walled facility dug out of the center courtyard of North Vietnam's Ministry of Defense in downtown Hanoi.

Captive Warriors is the story of Alcatraz, where courage and humor thrived amid the madness. It is the story of Colonel Johnson's seven-year battle for his life, limbs, and sanity. It is the story of the hundreds of captured warriors--American POWs--whose lives lay in the hands of angry and vengeful North Vietnamese captors. More than a story, Captive Warriors is a tribute to all the American prisoners of war who, without benefit of the conventional weapons of war, waged daily battles against an insidious enemy disdainful of the requirements of the Geneva Conventions and who, in the end, became the final pawn in the peace settlement that ended the longest war in American history.

The book is published by Texas A&M University Press.

©1992 Sam Johnson and Jan Winebrenner (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

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Reader sounded like a robot. Terrible! The authors of the book must have been very disappointed as well

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  • 01-12-18

American heroes

Where does Captive Warriors: A Vietnam POW's Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I generally first hand like combat stories, and this was definitely not that. However, it was very interesting, I had no idea what had gone on behind the scenes in the 'hanoi hilton".

What was one of the most memorable moments of Captive Warriors: A Vietnam POW's Story?

Not surprisingly when Sam gets to go home. I can't even imagine how that must have felt.

Which character – as performed by E. R. Edwin – was your favorite?

Narration was appropriate for the type of book, no complaints here.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I worked on it during my commute over a weeks period.

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Good book, and an important story in American history.

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Life in the Hanoi Hilton

Congressman and POW Sam Johnson shares his story of POW life in Hanoi. He and his fellow soldiers endured 7 years of torture. This book provides the story of what those years took from them and how they fought through the entire ordeal.