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An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia

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An Enormous Crime is nothing less than shocking. Based on thousands of pages of public and previously classified documents, it makes an utterly convincing case that when the American government withdrew its forces from Vietnam, it knowingly abandoned hundreds of POWs to their fate. The product of twenty-five years of research by former Congress
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 29th 2007)
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Connor
Apr 27, 2009 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow -- I feel nothing but complete disdain for the American government after reading this book.

Our government abandoned hundreds if not thousands of American POW s in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos at the wars end; and they completely deny their existence to the public. As recently as 1992, imprisoned Americans were forming distress signals on the ground and were witnessed in bamboo cages and secret prison camps throughout the area.

The families of these abandoned soldiers have tried for years to
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Rambo Yearone
Hendon puts together a lot of real evidence and I prise him for that.
You will find a lot of facts, but the consequences of those fact - that he give to the reader - are REALLY wrong. So, if you are not an historian, don't read this book, because you won't be able to find the many traps behind this book.
Read INSIDE HANOI SECRET ARCHIVES, it's a much better work on the subject.
William
Nov 14, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was difficult to put down and has irrefutable evidence that American servicemen were held in Southeast Asia after the war in Vietnam. A extremely well researched and well written book. There's no doubt these men were held long after the Paris Peace Accords and Operation Homecoming. Who knows if any are still alive but it seems to be very possible. To anyone believes the POW/MIA issue is a false industry they should read this book and see that politics left these men behind in captivity ...more
Rj Pohl
Oct 17, 2008 Rj Pohl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in history of Vietnam war, and interest in our government
This book (almost textbook like) is a very well written history of the POW issue from the close of our failed involvement in Vietnam in 1973 to the present day. It follows a progressive timeline, sequencing the events as to why the POW’s were withheld, extremely numerous reports of POW sightings, how much our government knew about it, what Vietnam wanted, and why over succeeding administrations the issue continued to be silenced.

The author, Hendon, was a US Congressman who became involved in tr
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Art Greer
Sep 01, 2007 Art Greer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Viet Nam Vets
As a former Search and Rescue Controller I found some of the documentation that I have been looking for on how the NVN used POWs for political advantage and how Kissinger double crossed the American Serviceman. For years I have been tared with the label "Loser" when in fact as documented in this book, we were betrayed by the White House and State Department. I would recommend this book to any Vit Nam Vet who is looking for some closure, but particularly to those who are still trying to figure ou ...more
Debby
Jul 18, 2012 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very in-depth look at the men we left behind in Vietnam. Gets well into politics but would have to to explain in such great detail. I did not buy this book but borrowed from the Poland Public Library however it is a book I want to buy for my personal library.
Melanie
Feb 28, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. Powerful and horrifying.
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