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Speaker Series: Heath Hardage Lee
November 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In a page-turning work of narrative non-fiction, Heath Hardage Lee tells the true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington and Hanoi to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam. Lees The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home is certain to intrigue everyone. Tickets for this lecture are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 everyones must-read list.