The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home

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"With astonishing verve, The League of Wives persisted to speak truth to power to bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. And with astonishing verve, Heath Hardage Lee has chronicled their little-known story -- a profile of courage that spotlights 1960s-era military wives who forge secret codes with bravery, chutzpah and style. Honestly, I couldn't put it down." -- Beth Macy, author of Dopesick and Factory Man "Exhilarating and inspiring." -- Elaine Showalter, Washington Post The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington--and Hanoi--to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam.

On February 12, 1973, one hundred and sixteen men who, just six years earlier, had been high flying Navy and Air Force pilots, shuffled, limped, or were carried off a huge military transport plane at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. These American servicemen had endured years of brutal torture, kept shackled and starving in solitary confinement, in rat-infested, mosquito-laden prisons, the worst of which was The Hanoi Hilton.

Months later, the first Vietnam POWs to return home would learn that their rescuers were their wives, a group of women that included Jane Denton, Sybil Stockdale, Louise Mulligan, Andrea Rander, Phyllis Galanti, and Helene Knapp. These women, who formed The National League of Families, would never have called themselves "feminists," but they had become the POW and MIAs most fervent advocates, going to extraordinary lengths to facilitate their husbands' freedom--and to account for missing military men--by relentlessly lobbying government leaders, conducting a savvy media campaign, conducting covert meetings with antiwar activists, and most astonishingly, helping to code secret letters to their imprisoned husbands.

In a page-turning work of narrative non-fiction, Heath Hardage Lee tells the story of these remarkable women for the first time. The League of Wives is certain to be on everyone's must-read list.

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title_display The League of Wives : the untold story of the women who took on the U.S. government to bring their husbands home
title_full The League of Wives : the untold story of the women who took on the U.S. government to bring their husbands home / Heath Hardage Lee, The League of Wives The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home [ebook] Lee, Heath Hardage., The league of wives [eAudio] : the untold story of the women who took on the U.S. government to bring their husbands home / Heath Hardage Lee
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topic_facet Air pilots, Military, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists, Families of military personnel, History, Military spouses, Politics and government, Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese, Prisoners of war, Social Activists, United States, Veterans, Vietnam War, Vietnam War, 1961-1975