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Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW by [Rowe, James N.]
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Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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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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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3517 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (9 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZYEW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have recently started reading more and more on the Vietnam War and I have found this account of an American POW (Nick Rowe) truely amazing! The more I read abourt this subject, the more I want to find out about this dark period in American history. Nick Rowe's account of his treatment after being captured in 1963, really expresses what every American POW went through and their battle to survive not only through malnutrition and disease, on a day to day basis, but also through American scout missions and bombing runs. One can only imagine the physical and mental stress POWs went through. I really felt I was with them the more I read, not only with Nick Rowe, but his other American colleague's who were captured with him and others who were caught after. This book is probably one of the most heart-rendering accounts I have ever read. Definately a book I couldn't put down the moment I started reading it and one that put a lump in my throat at the end! If you are remotely interested about the history of the Vietnam War and the study of POWs during this period I would strong advise you to go ahead and buy this book!
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James N (Nick) Rowe was the quintiessential Green Beret. His story is about how
he survived for 5 years as a prisoner of war of the Viet Cong. His story is about
the pressures of survival of day to day torture and interrogation. He tells of
seeing his friends die. His experience was the basis for the US Army starting the
school to teach military personnel how to survive in captivity. He escaped on his
way to be executed after Jane Fonda brought a
copy of POW personnel files during her visit to North Vietnam. COL Rowe is credited
for many saves with the quality of his teachings. The book is a fast read and shows
how articulate Nick Rowe was.

SIDE NOTE: COL Jame "Nick" Rowe was assasinated in the Phillipines on 21 April 1986.
The US State Department called it a "Random Terrorist Act". But he was killed 21 years
after his escape on the 2100 block and shot 21 times. Only the Embassy knew his route
that day and he was ordered NOT to be armed, though his name was on a "hit" List.
Aquino granted freedom to all of his killers several years ago. You can visit Nick's
grave. It's on the hill next to the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary.
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I had the opportunity to spend a day at Nick Rowe's house back in 1980. At that time he autographed his book for me. He was a very impressive individual. He was very articulate and soft spoken and posessed a quiet strength. His book brought tears to my eyes when I first read it back in 1980. I reread it again just recently and I had the same reaction. I remember the day he was killed in the Philippines, it made me very sad. If one want to know the meaning of courage they need only to read this book. He was a great American and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to meet him.
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I read "Five Years to Freedom" shortly after returning from Nam. I was both familiar with the area that he operated in and with the unit that affected his rescue. He was rescued by an observor on a LOH from the 7/1 1st Avn Brdg. That man was shot down and killed in 1968. As brave a man as the one that he rescued. A great book to read.
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Mr Rowe suffered five years of unimaginable horror for values he believed in. The strength of his character is incredible. While telling his story, he also tells us what a true hero is like. It's not Rambo or Chuck Norris single-handedly blowing their way out of a POW camp. Rather, it is one mans daily struggle for physical, mental and spiritual survival. God bless him.
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Five Years To Freedom is a book to really make one re-evaluate one's life. What is important in life? Maybe no one has the answer but Nick Rowe's book will really make you think. It's impossible not to be affected by this reaffirmation of faith, hope, and courage.
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I was with COL Rowe when they brought him back on active duty in 1976 to teach at FUSAAIS. "From one Green Beret to Another" is how he signed by copy. When he was assassinated in 1989, all of Special Forces wept.
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This book was written as a true reflection of the ordeal that Nick Rowe was subjected to during his stay with the Vietcong. Since his return, he campaigned for more money to be made available for the training of US Special forces and was eventually sent of a secret mission for the CIA. It was here that it is thaught that Nick was assasinated on behalf of the CIA to prevent the added campaigning for money. It was proving to be an embarrasment for the US Governmant.
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