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An American in the Basement: The Betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the Cover-up of His Death [Paperback]

Amy Waters Yarsinske (Author)

The incredible story of denial, deceit, and deception that ultimately cost Navy pilot Captain Michael Scott Speicher his life is exposed in this military tell-all. Asserting that years of information has been intentionally kept from an American public, the book reveals that, contrary to reports, Speicher survived after he ejected from his stricken F/A-18 Hornet on the first night of the Persian Gulf War. Protected by a Bedouin tribal group, he evaded Saddam’s capture for nearly four years. In that time he was repeatedly promised by an American intelligence asset that a deal for his repatriation would be worked out but it never was. Speicher was left behind. After Saddam Hussein captured him, Speicher spent the next eight years in a secret Baghdad prison and being moved around in secret to avoid an American task force looking for him, and before he was killed after the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. Author Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former naval intelligence officer and a veteran investigator and author, presents her fascinating case after years of research.

Publication Date July 1, 2013 Pre-Order at Amazon.com


"Black April - The Fall of South Vietnam 1973 - 1975"

by George J. Veith

"The defeat of South Vietnam was arguably America’s worst foreign policy disaster of the 20th Century. Yet a complete understanding of the endgame—from the 27 January 1973 signing of the Paris Peace Accords to South Vietnam’s surrender on 30 April 1975—has eluded us.

Black April addresses that deficit. A culmination of exhaustive research in three distinct areas: primary source documents from American archives, North Vietnamese publications containing primary and secondary source material, and dozens of articles and numerous interviews with key South Vietnamese participants, this book represents one of the largest Vietnamese translation projects ever accomplished, including almost one hundred rarely or never seen before North Vietnamese unit histories, battle studies, and memoirs. Most important, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of South Vietnam’s conquest, the leaders in Hanoi released several compendiums of formerly highly classified cables and memorandum between the Politburo and its military commanders in the south. This treasure trove of primary source materials provides the most complete insight into North Vietnamese decision-making ever complied. While South Vietnamese deliberations remain less clear, enough material exists to provide a decent overview.

Ultimately, whatever errors occurred on the American and South Vietnamese side, the simple fact remains that the country was conquered by a North Vietnamese military invasion despite written pledges by Hanoi’s leadership against such action. Hanoi’s momentous choice to destroy the Paris Peace Accords and militarily end the war sent a generation of South Vietnamese into exile, and exacerbated a societal trauma in America over our long Vietnam involvement that reverberates to this day. How that transpired deserves deeper scrutiny. " Amazon.com Product Description

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Tears In The Darkness
The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath.

By Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman

From Richard Pyle Associated Press

"Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 480 pages, $30), by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman: A new account of the Bataan Death March, in which more than 70,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war were victims of appalling barbarism a particularly grim episode of World War II following Japan's invasion of the Philippines. Driven from Manila into the hills of the Bataan peninsula, the combined Allied forces fought without hope of rein-forcement or escape until they had no choice but to capitulate. The largest surrender in U.S. military annals was fol-lowed by a forced 60-mile march along Luzon's main highway during which more than 10,000 of the POWs were sum-marily murdered or died from torture, wounds and disease. For Americans the Death March was a first encounter with the brutality that would define Japan's military behavior, and the fact that the story has been told many times before does not dissuade Michael and Elizabeth Norman, both pro-fessors at New York University, from another effort. The result is an extremely detailed and thoroughly chilling treatment that, given the passage of time and thinning of ranks, could serve as popular history's final say on the subject.

The Normans spent a decade in research and writing, interviewing more than 100 surviving American veterans and relatives of scores of others, and traveling to Japan to track down the most elusive and difficult sources some 20 former soldiers who were involved in the march and a guard from one of the miserable camps where more captives died from sickness, torture or starvation. The authors also find an ideal protagonist in Ben Steele, a former Montana cowboy who in 1940, at 22, joined the Army Air Corps and was sent to the Philippines. Steele survived the Death March and prison camp, and his personal story is the thread by which the authors spin their harrowing narrative, also using Steele's sketches to illustrate it. They find some sympathy for Gen. Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander in the Philippines. His 1946 trial and execution as a war criminal showed how the Imperial Army was driven to excesses by right-wing racist fanatics who intimidated its senior officers, Homma among them. But as with other latter-day critics, they have little admiration for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. commander in the Philippines who was being glorified at home in 1942 as the greatest American military hero since Ulysses S. Grant. On Jan. 15, the authors report, McArthur sent his beleaguered troops on Bataan a would-be morale booster, promis-ing them that reinforcements in the form of troops and planes were on the way from the United States. "It was a lie, a Judas kiss," they write. "The Philippines was cut off. Washington knew it and so did MacArthur." --Associated Press, June 15, 2009



"Beyond the Killing Fields"

by Sydney H. Schanberg

"Now in his 70s, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Schanberg looks back on a long career as a war correspondent for the New York Times and offers an anthology of war coverage and commentary, from Vietnam and Cambodia to the war in Iraq, aimed at showing the brutality and senselessness of war. From his reporter's notebook entries, he describes watching small children die and thinking of his own children back in the U.S., the hasty evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Cambodia in 1975, the surreal calm before the Khmer Rouge moved into Phnom Penh. He includes his tribute to Dith Pran, the Cambodian so instrumental in the Times' coverage that he was named a correspondent. Schanberg recalls their relationship as colleagues and friends and his profound sadness that while Pran saved his life, he was unable to save Pran's in return. The final pieces are critiques of the U.S. failure to push Hanoi to return POWs and the cover-up of that failure, including Senator John McCain's participation, despite his time as a POW. Schanberg's collection is grim reminder of the brutality of war." Vanessa Bush of Booklist

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"Left Alive to Die - The Story of Blue Angels Leader Harley Hall"

by Susan Keen

"Profiles Harley, last American pilot shot down before the cease fire; chronicles jarring evidence indicating that Hall remained alive for years after his capture; and outlines our government's humiliating response to his wife's and others' pleas to garner attention for this compelling case. No American can read Keen's shocking book without being moved to impassioned prayer for those such as Mary Lou who have no closure and whose lives forever are devastated by a war that many would like to believe never happened." Amazon.com Product Description

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"Eating with the Enemy: How I Waged Peace with North Korea from my BBQ Shack in Hackensack,"

by Bobby Egan and Kurt Pitzer

"Bobby Egan is an extraordinary man who turned his openness and naïveté into strengths. He is also one of the most unlikely persons anyone could imagine trying to bring warring nations to a détente table. This very special book is the life story of a patriot. And though some of his methods and capers may sound outlandish, even hilarious, they're just like Bobby."

- Sydney H. Schanberg, Pulitzer Prize--winning author of The Death and Life of Dith Pran (basis for the film The Killing Fields) who has written extensively on POWs

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the government cabal that knowingly abandoned our POWs and

by John Holland, Com. Sgt. Maj. USA RET and Father Patrick Bascio

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I have had the honor of knowing "Top" Holland for over a quarter of a century and count him among my dearest friends. Despite periodic bouts of poor health, John has continuously fought for the cause of our POW/MIA's.

brings forth the emotions many of us had in our initial introduction to the POW/MIA issue. Perfidy answers the question "how can this terrible injustice be allowed to happen to American fighting men" and discloses the identities of the elected officials and bureaucrats in the federal government responsible for the abandonment of our servicemen. I could not help but be impressed with "Top's" detailed recollection of all the events and efforts in which many of us participated, and of all the evil-doers whom we all feel deserve to reap what they have sewn by abandoning our men.

I highly recommend that Perfidy be read and distributed as widely as possible so that the truth may be imparted to our descendants and that it may stimulate a movement to punish the perpetrators of this evil deed.

John J. Molloy
chairman National Vietnam and Gulf Storm Coalition


Leave No Man Behind

by Garnett "Bill" Bell with George J. Veith

The Vietnam War's POW/MIA issue has haunted America since the early stages of the war. Shrouded in controversy, a subject of great emotion amid charges of governmental conspiracy and Communist deceit, the possibility of American servicemen being held in secret captivity after the war's end has influenced U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia for three decades. Now, the first chief of the U.S. POW/MIA office in postwar Vietnam provides an insider's account of that effort. In an illuminating and deeply personal memoir, the government's top POW/MIA field investigator discusses the history of the search for missing Americans, reveals how the Communist Vietnamese stonewalled U.S. efforts to discover the truth, and how the standards for MIA case investigations were gradually lowered while pressure for expanded commercial and economic ties with communist Vietnam increased. Leave No Man Behind is the compelling story of one man's quest, at great individual cost, to find the truth about America's missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Part of the proceeds of Leave No Man Behind will be donated to:

Rolling Thunder
The National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia
National Alliance Of Families For the Return of America's Missing Servicemen



by Joseph D. Douglass, Jr.

Douglass documents the betrayal of missing American POWs after World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He tells in detail what happened and why, with firsthand testimony on U.S. and communist policies.



The Flag, My Story: Kidnapped by Red China, a True Story

by Steve E. Kiba

The Flag is the true story about Steve Kiba, Radio Operator on an unarmed B-29 during the Korean War. He graphically details the horrors that began with his being shot down over North Korea and being captured and ended almost 32 months later with his release from a political prison in Peking, Red China.

Steve vividly takes us from prison to prison on a "virtual reality" journey through the Red Chinese gulag system. He shares his feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, despair, abandonment, and hopelessness. His story allows us to endure vicariously the POW/MIA experience: unending hours of solitary, excruciating pain of seemingly endless interrogation and re-education sessions, the constant pain of hunger and unquenched thirst, and the devastating effects of prolonged sleep deprivation.

Coupled with the pains of deprivation, we share his physical, emotional, and mental distress of living in utter filth, being denied even the most basic sanitary and hygienic needs, being daily threatened never to be released, and suffering the continuous barrage of false accusations: violating Red Chinese airspace, working for the CIA, and engaging in germ warfare.

In October 1954, Steve was judged guilty of war crimes, and in November he was sentenced to four years imprisonment.


No One Left Behind
The Lieutenant Commander Michael Scott Speicher Story

by Amy Waters Yarsinske

Around midnight on January 16, 1991, Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher launches from the deck of the USS Saratoga in the Red Sea, his F/A-18 Hornet among those participating in the very first air strike of the Persian Gulf War. It is a mission he wasn't initially scheduled to fly-and from which he would not return. Moments after an assault by an Iraqi MiG-25, Speicher's plane vanishes over the Baghdad desert. The next day, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell tell the public that Speicher was the first casualty of the Gulf War. He is listed as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. His young wife and family are devastated. In December 1993, pieces of a wrecked F/A-18 are confirmed to be Speicher's downed Hornet. A military investigation begins soon after and in December 1995, a full two years after the plane's discovery, the International Committee of the Red Cross leads an American investigative team to the crash site to determine what happened to Scott Speicher. On January 10, 2001, on the basis of reemerging evidence, Speicher is officially declared Missing in Action, the first time in history that a U.S. serviceman's status has ever been changed.

Tracking this explosive story for the past eight years, Amy Yarsinske interviewed top government and military officials, diplomats, pilots, informers, and Iraqi defectors. The result is a stunning true account of the denials and cover-ups that obscured an essential fact: Speicher actually survived. In No One Left Behind, she takes readers behind the intrigue and the lies to solve this eleven-year-old mystery and unearth the truth of what really happened that dark night over Iraq in 1991.


An Enormous Crime

by Billy Hendon & Beth Stewart

A scathing indictment of U.S. government officials who first denied and then covered up facts about 600 American POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War is set to hit book stores on Memorial Day weekend, and a former New York congressman is heralding its appearance.

"An Enormous Crime - The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia" will reach hundreds of thousands of people and awaken them to facts that point clearly to the existence of American POWs still being held in Vietnam, Laos and Russia.

"Maybe this book will have some jarring effect in some way," the former U.S. congressman from New York said. "This is not just a book about history; it's also a current affairs book. The people responsible for the cover-up are still in government today.

Former N.C. Congressman Bill Hendon and Elizabeth Stewart wrote "An Enormous Crime." Hendon was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and it was there that he learned about America's missing and imprisoned military members.

The Hendon-Stewart book is a project 11 years in the making. The pair dug through Washington archives, used the Freedom of Information requests and interviewed countless sources in their search for information. They provide meticulous documentation of every fact contained within the book's 481 main pages and 52 additional pages of notes and citations. The authors are building a Web site to give readers access to each of 66,000 pages of information they uncovered.

"Enormous Crime" is already gathering favorable reviews. Publisher's Weekly calls it "an intriguing story ? (with) the ring of truth." Kirkus Reviews says it's a "convincing and compelling argument" for the fact that American POWs are still being held against their will.

Hendon took the name of his book from a 1993 television interview with Henry Kissinger, whom LeBoutillier says is the "first and most guilty American official." Kissinger at that time said it appeared that new evidence had surfaced proving that the North Vietnamese government kept more prisoners than it originally admitted. Kissinger said if the report was true, it would be "an enormous crime."

The Pentagon continues to receive reports, as recently as this year, of live American POWs, and the U.S. government continues to keep those reports from the public.


Missing... Presumed Dead ~ formerly The Eagle Cried
A Film by Bill Dumas

"This is a true story of Roger Dumas, a Korean War POW abandoned in North Korea by the U.S. Government. His brother, BOB, has spent his life searching 24/7 for Roger and uncovered a political conspiracy that abandoned over 386 POWs. His unprecedented lawsuit exposed the tragedy and forced the U.S. Army to re-classify Roger a POW....

"....Bob discovered his brother was in fact a POW interned at the infamous Camp #5 and when the war ended, Roger, along with 387 other POWs were abandoned in order to end the war...."

"This is a story of one simple man's behemoth endeavor to uncover a most tragic U.S. policy that abandoned POWs in Korea...

We recommed the DVD, as it contains additional material not in the final cut.

To order in either video or DVD format visit MissingPresumed Dead.com or click here for order form


The First Marine Captured in Vietnam
A Biography of Donald G. Cook

By Donald L. Price

Colonel Donald Gilbert Cook was the first U.S. Marine captured in Vietnam; the first and only Marine in history to earn the Medal of Honor while in captivity; and the first Marine POW to have a U.S. Navy ship named in his honor, the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75). On December 31, 1964, while serving as an observer with a South Vietnamese Marine Corps battalion on a combat operation against Viet Cong forces, he was captured near the village of Binh Gia in South Vietnam. Until his death in captivity in December 1967, Cook led ten POWs in a series of primitive jungle camps. His leadership and adherence to the U.S. Military Code of Conduct earned him the nation’s highest military award, but Cook never received historical attention commensurate with his enormous accomplishments.

This is the first book-length biography of Colonel Donald G. Cook. With background information on Cook’s life and prewar career, the book concentrates especially on his three years in captivity, and is the first book exclusively about a Marine POW held in South Vietnam. It covers the ten other POWs under his command, including Sgt. Harold George Bennett (the first American POW executed in Vietnam) and Sgt. Isaac Camacho (the first American POW to escape in Vietnam). The author outlines the circumstances surrounding Cook’s Medal of Honor citation and death. Throughout, Cook’s adherence to the Corps’ traditional leadership principles and knowledge of the Code of Conduct are highlighted, and his biography is a unique case study of exemplary leadership under extremely difficult conditions. Nearly 70 photographs are included.

About the Author
Retired Marine Colonel Donald L. Price earned the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam. He lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona.


Thick Luck

by David Combs

"Thick Luck provides an insiders view of U.S. Government and military efforts to recover POWs and MIAs from the war in Southeast Asia. It is a compelling story laced with adventure. It also describes the incredible sacrifices that members of Joint Task Force Full Accounting (now the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) and the Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii endure to find our missing heroes. I led my Investigation Team on fourteen expeditions to the remote and dangerous jungles of Laos and Cambodia. This was the location of the secret war of Vietnam. The shadow filled jungles where Green Berets led Prairie Fire Teams, and Navy, Air Force, and Marine pilots fought behind the scenes. Over 600 of the these heroes never came home. My Investigation Team of military experts searched these forgotten battlefields for our missing comrades - we found them - and we brought them home." David Combs www.rangercombs.com

A word from Ann Holland, wife of T/Sgt. Melvin Holland POW/MIA Lima Site 85 -- "Dave Combs, the team leader who went to Phou Pha Thi, has written a book about his time in JTFFA, searching for our POW/MIA's. It has been a long time since anything has affected me but him talking about his time on the mountain has. I would recommend it to be mentioned Bits and Pieces. I think that other family members might like to read it."

To Order "Thick Luck" visit: http://www.booklocker.com/books/2593.html


Is Anybody Listening

by Barbara Birchim, wife of POW/MIA Jim Birchim with Sue Clark

From AuthorHouse.com – " Thirty-five long years and I was still seeking answers. If I could make someone in the government listen to the facts, I knew they'd want to act on them. After all, who wouldn't want to find one of our POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War?"

"IS ANYBODY LISTENING? tells of dignitaries, presidents and those involved with the POW/MIA issue as I've known it since November 1968 when my husband, a Special Forces officer, became missing-in-action."

"The pages reveal my feelings and torment during my many trips to Southeast Asia in search of answers, and my frustrations while wandering the halls of Washington D.C. for help."

"The book was written to show the issue's insidious cover-up and my commitment to the truth

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Moscow Bound

by John M.G. Brown

"Moscow Bound is the most thorougly documented and compreshesive book ever written on the subject of American and Allied prisoners of war who sidappeared in Soviet captivity fromt he time of the 1918 Allied intervention in Russia to the Veitnam War."

"It is the result ot a tem-year investigation that extended from CIA, White HOuse, State Department, and Pentagon offices, to military and intelligence files in the National Archives, and the hearing rooms o the U.S. Congress...."

"Moscow Bound documents how, following World war I and World War II, the secret withholding of U.S. prisoner of war by Lenin and Stalin was not revealed to the American poeple, to avoid prolonged warefare that would have resulted in may more casualties. The classified information about the missing American and Allied prisoners of two world wars constituted a hidden history fo U.S. - Soviet relations..."



Kiss the Boys Goodbye: 2How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs in Vietnam
Jensen-Stevenson, Monika and Stevenson, William

The bestselling expose of a major political scandal--in the tradition of All the President's Men and Spycatcher. The story of a five-year investigation by two award-winning journalists, Kiss the Boys Goodbye reveals heartbreaking evidence of POWs abandoned in Vietnam, of official obstruction and missing files, censored testimony and thinly veiled threats from government sources.

This book begins with a segment she produced on Bobby Garwood, a Marine POW who was released by Vietnam in 1979. Efforts were made to discredit Garwood, because his testimony that other prisoners were still held captive was inconvenient for high government officials. Her segment aired despite attempts to stop it by gray men with shadowy connections. This only whetted her appetite, so she quit CBS and convinced Bill to help her write a book.

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Soldier Dead
by Michael Sledge

From Columbia University Press -- "Skillfully incoroprating excerpts from interviews, personal correspondence and diaries, military records, and journalistic accounts -- as well as never-before published photographs and his own reflections -- Michael Sledge presents a clear concise, and compassionate story about what the dead mean to the living.

Thoughtout Soldier Dead, the voices of the fallen are heard, as are those of the family members and military personnel responsible for the dead before dinal dispositon. At times distrubing and at other times encouraging, they are always powerful as they speak of danger, duty, courage, commitment and care."


Soldiers of Misfortune
By Mark Sauter, James Sanders, and R. Cort Kirkwood
"A fascinating and illuminating tome. This is a gold mine of information on past Soviet behaviour, or better, misbehavior."

Malcolm Toon,
former Chairman of the U.S. Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs and former Ambassador to the Soviet Union "This book should be read not only by the American poeople but by every government official. Much of the information on World War II and Koera has never ben published.... it is voluminous and astounding"

John Miller,
former Congressmen and Member of the U.S./Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs

"Soldiers of Misfortune is the outrageous and compelling story of thousands of American POW's held captive by the Soviet Union and of the U.S. government officials, who lied on the most disgraceful cover-up in American history." Note: On Feb. 11, 2005 the American investigative arm of the U.S./Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs issued their 5th Edition of the Gulag Study and concluded; "Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union . . . "

To view the Gulag Study 5th Edition click here


One Day too Long
By Dr. Timothy Castle

"One legacy to the Vietnam War is a painful lesson in how not to wage war. The incident at the heart of One Day Too Long reveals in microcosm what went wrong in Vietnam, from the highest policy-making levels down the chain of command to what actually transpired on the field."

"On March 10, 1968, at the height of the war, eleven U.S. servicemen disappeared from a top-secret radar base in Laos, their loss never fully explained by the American government. What happened that fateful night, and why were American airmen stationed at "Lima Site 85"? Now, thirty years later, One Day Too Long recounts the harrowing story -- of government cover-ups, military miscalculations, and crucial policy errors -- and offers some measure of closure on this decades old mystery." "Because of the covert nature of the mission at Lima Site 85 - providing bombing instructions to U.S. Air Force tactical aircraft from the "safe harbor" of a nation that was supposedly neutral - the wives of the eleven servicemen were warned in no uncertain terms never to discuss the truth about their husbands' assignment. But one, Ann Holland, refused to remains silent. Timothy Castle draws on her personal records and recollections and upon a wealth of interviews with surviving servicemen and recently declassified information to tell the full story."



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