Conversations With the Enemy Author:Groom, Winston and Duncan Spencer Who is Bobby Garwood? Just what did he do? And why did he do it? The Marine Corps originally held him up before the nation as a traitor, and for a time he faced the prospect of the firing squad. Now, for the first time, here is Garwood's story--a fourteen year odyssey of torture and terror and survival in Vietnam--the story of a boy from mid... more »dle America who grew, in prison camp, from an eighteen-year-old into a man.
Three years ago the haggard face of Marine PFC Robert Russell Garwood was emblazoned on the covers of magazines and newspapers--possibly the last living prisoner of the Vietnam War, possibly a turncoat, possibly even the leader of enemy forces against his own countrymen.
Bobby Garwood was not perfect. At times he was wavering, fearful, devious. As his fellow prisoners died around him, Garwood lived by his wits, doing minor favors for the enemy in exchanged for a few paltry items of survival--a banana, or a shred of clothing--but his goal was always escape.
If hell exists on earth, then Bobby Garwood spent half his life in it. He fought off diseases barely known to Western medicine, he scraped for food, struggled for cleanliness, existed for weeks in a urine-soaked pit, endured forced marches, was shot by the enemy and bombed by U.S. planes. He did not succumb; nor did he merely survive--he resisted and prevailed.
Conversations With the Enemy is a controversial book that raises grave questions about the standards the military imposes on its young men and about the behind-the-scenes political decision to bring Garwood to trial whne os many others in his position were pardoned. Above all, Conversations With the Enemy is an adventure story with every element of suspense: courage, danger, pathos, tragedy, weakness, and, in the end, triumph of human will.« less