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Title:
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.
Title Variants:
Untold story of the women who took on the U.S. Government to bring their husbands home
ISBN:
9781250161109
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, [2019]
Physical Description:
322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents:
The right wife -- It can't happen to us -- A Great Society for some, not for all -- Wives or widows? -- A reluctant sorority -- New girl village -- The league of wives -- Incredibly screwed up -- So you say you want a revolution? -- "Nixon's the one!" -- Go public -- Don't mess with Texas -- May day debut -- Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown -- Write Hanoi and silent nights -- Is peace at hand? -- "We chose to be together" -- To the First Ladies of America!
Abstract:
"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 fifteen 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, 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 in The League of Wives."--Biography.
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