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Now hailed as a vintage, essentially the most unforgettable and heartbreaking books ever written concerning the Vietnam War.Glory Denied—the harrowing tale of America's longest-held POW, the wrenching agonies confronted through his relatives, and the bigger tale of a country divided—returns to Norton a decade after its much-heralded booklet. Excerpted within the New Yorker and later made into an opera, it's the heroic tale of Floyd "Jim" Thompson, captured in March 1964, who grew to become the longest-held prisoner of struggle in American heritage. Tom Philpott juxtaposes Thompson's seize, torture, and a number of break out makes an attempt with the pains of his younger spouse, Alyce, who, feeling trapped, made offerings that endlessly tied her destiny to the struggle she despised. "One of the main sincere books ever written approximately Vietnam" (Oliver Stone), Glory Denied calls for that we reconsider the definition of a real American hero.

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The king would see you, lord. ' I asked scorn­ful­ly, point­ing Ser­pent-​Breath to­wards a corpse float­ing down­riv­er. 'He would hon­our the vic­to­ry over Guthrum, lord. ' I turned then, sheathed Ser­pent-​Breath, and beck­oned to Thork­ild who un­tied his ship and rowed it up­stream. I shout­ed to him across the wa­ter, telling him that Eg­bert's Sax­ons had risen against the Danes, but that these men promised they would leave him in peace if he came in friend­ship. ' Thork­ild called back.

Ivarr, Kjar­tan and Æl­fric, while be­yond the hills in Cum­bra­land? ' He meant the west coast of Northum­bria which faced the Irish Sea. 'There was a great Dan­ish lord in Cum­bra­land,' he went on. 'Hardic­nut, he was called, but I hear he was killed in a squab­ble. ' He shrugged. So that was Northum­bria, a king­dom of ri­val lords, none of whom had cause to love me and two of whom want­ed me dead. Yet it was home, and I had a du­ty there and that is why I was fol­low­ing the sword-​path. It was the du­ty of the blood­feud.

They had al­ready heard the tale of the bat­tle from Willibald, but his was a priest's ver­sion, heavy with prayers and mir­acles. I gave them what they want­ed which was a war­rior's sto­ry of dead Danes and sword-​slaugh­ter, and all the while a fierce-​eyed priest with bristly hair and an un­ruly beard in­ter­rupt­ed me with shouts of hal­lelu­jah. I gath­ered this was Fa­ther Hroth­weard, the priest who had roused Eofer­wic to slaugh­ter. He was young, scarce old­er than I was, but he had a pow­er­ful voice and a nat­ural au­thor­ity that was giv­en ex­tra force by his pas­sion.

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