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Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW

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When Lieutenant Robert Wideman's plane crashed on a bombing run in the Vietnam War, he feared falling into enemy hands. Although he endured the kind of pain that makes people question humanity, physical torture was not his biggest problem. During six years as a prisoner of war, he saw the truth behind Jean-Paul Sartre's words: "Hell is other people." Unexpected Prisoner ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published May 2nd 2016 by Robert Wideman
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Laura
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
What were you doing when you were twenty-three? Were you in college? Working a full time job? Robert Wideman (Bob) was flying a Navy bomber over Vietnam.

Then his plane was hit. He did what he was trained to do, trying to gain control, then eject to safety. More accurately, he was alive, but not exactly safe. Bob was immediately captured, and began what would turn into six long years in North Vietnam as a POW.

His experiences were often difficult to read, his fear of the unknown at first, and then
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Mareena
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes non-fiction
Recommended to Mareena by: Samantha at Roger Charlie
Having spent the past three and a half years in the Navy, Lieutenant Robert Wideman was looking forward to returning to America after completing his tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The recent newlywed had big plans and dreams for his future, and was determined to put them into practice as soon as he came back home. With only twenty-seven days left in his tour of duty - on what should have been just another routine bombing run for him - Lieutenant Robert Wideman's plane is shot down and he ...more
Rick
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Former East Auroran (NY) Robert Wideman offers a first-hand account of his six years (1967-1973) in North Vietnamese POW camps. Follow Wideman from his capture after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam, to his "tour" of dozens of POW camps (including the Hanoi Hilton) with hundreds of other Americans, to his release in 1973 and his reentry into American society. Wideman pulls no punches in this candid, unflinchingly irreverent, frequently harrowing story of physical and psychological ...more
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