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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.

©1971 James N. Rowe (P)2003 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • jp
  • 03-17-15

My neighbor and friend

Nick would randomly recall to me few of his thoughts of his time in captivity. Hearing these words now, bring a tear to my eye. He is greatly missed by so many.

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  • Charles
  • LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States
  • 01-28-13

Five Years to Freedom.

What did you like best about Five Years to Freedom? What did you like least?

An interesting enough book worth money. You wonder how many men will never return from POWs. I would recommend this book.

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Absolutely Engaging.

The true story of Nick Rowe's 5 years as a Viet Cong POW will keep you reading non-stop. It's one of those tales of courage and hope that you pray ends well.

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  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 09-09-15

An awesome saga of endurance

Unimaginable experiences by an American Special Forces Officer captive of the Viet Cong for an brutal 5 long years...... well written to focus on the facts & what helped him hold on to his sanity, thru the surprise incidents that allow his escape to US Forces. A soldier's story.

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Incredible story

If you could sum up Five Years to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

short story, but amazing all the same. Tells the very personal journey of men in captivity and changed the way the military approaches training for captured personnel.

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  • Adam
  • sunland, CA, United States
  • 08-02-15

Excellent story of perseverance and strength

Excellent story. The reader has a strong and convincing voice. Be warned the story is short.