Hero Found by Bruce Henderson audiobook

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

By Bruce Henderson
Read by Todd McLaren

Tantor Audio 9780061571374

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200108497

  • ISBN: 9798200108480

  • ISBN: 9798200108503

Runtime: 10.79 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos." He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp. But German-born Dengler was no ordinary prisoner. Already a legend in the Navy for his escape and evasion skills—amply demonstrated during training in the California desert—he would initiate, plan, and lead an organized escape from the POW camp, becoming the longest-held American to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Caught in a most desperate situation, imprisoned not only by the enemy but by the jungle itself, Dengler's heroic impulse was to not only get himself out but to free all the other POWs—Americans, Thai, and Chinese—some of whom had been held for years. In a surreal scene of brotherhood and celebration, Dengler returned to his aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, six months after being shot down—emaciated and ravaged with strange tropical illnesses, but very much alive and joyous to be so—only two weeks before the ship was due to leave the Gulf of Tonkin and return home. Bruce Henderson served with Dengler aboard Ranger off the coast of Vietnam and here tells Dengler's complete story for the first time, drawing on extensive interviews with the intrepid pilot, his squadron mates, friends, and family, as well as declassified military archival materials, some now available for the first time, and personal letters and journals. Henderson's riveting account amply demonstrates why Dengler's story of unending optimism, innate courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds remains for his fellow flyers and shipmates the best and brightest memory of their generation's war.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[McLaren's] animated involvement adds a special spark to a work already compelling from beginning to end. AudioFile
“Henderson, who served as a navy weatherman aboard Dengler’s aircraft carrier, has crafted a worthy narrative that adds new material based on interviews with Dengler (who died in 2001) and his navy comrades, friends. and family, along with newly unearthed archival records…This often riveting account sheds new light on an oft-told true story.” Publishers Weekly
“[McLaren’s] animated involvement adds a special spark to a work already compelling from beginning to end.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Bruce Henderson

Author Bio: Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson is the author and coauthor of many nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell. A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, private investigator, and field producer for television news, Bruce has taught reporting and writing courses at Stanford University and USC School of Journalism. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Press Club. He lives in northern California.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English