Excited is an understatement! Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton is now available to order, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Grab some tissues, but also, don’t be afraid that it will be too difficult to read. You will definitely laugh a little, probably cry a little, and hopefully come away with a new perspective on freedom. After you read it, PLEASE, leave a comment here, and a review on the retailer website. I can’t wait to see what you think – tell me the good, the bad and the ugly. Don’t hold back! Also, please consider ordering your book today. The more books that are ordered in advance, the more the retailer will purchase before the release date on March 13. (AND THAT’S A VERY GOOD THING!) Thank you, friends!
I’ll be in Spokane for book signing events the week of March 13th, and I would love to see you! Details to follow about locations and times.
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In 1967, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James Shively was shot down over North Vietnam. After ejecting from his F-105 Thunderchief aircraft, he landed in a rice paddy and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. For the next six years, Shively endured brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy in Hanoi prison camps. Bound in iron stocks at the Hanoi Hilton, unable to get home to his loved ones, Shively contemplated suicide. Yet somehow he found hope and the will to survive–and he became determined to help his fellow POWs. In a newspaper interview several years after his release, Shively said, “I had the opportunity to be captured, the opportunity to be interrogated, the opportunity to be tortured and the experience of answering questions under torture. It was an extremely humiliating experience. I felt sorry for myself. But I learned the hard way life isn’t fair. Life is only what you make of it.”
Written by Amy Shively Hawk–whose mother Nancy ultimately reunited with and married Shively in a triumphant love story–and based on extensive audio recordings and Shively’s own journals, Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton is a haunting, riveting portrayal of life as an American prisoner of war trapped on the other side of the world.
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“I couldn’t put this book down. In ten hours I cried through a box of Kleenex, laughed out loud, inwardly smiled, felt very nauseous, became extremely angry, then was filled with awe and gratitude. Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton should be required reading for every high school student in the nation. It is an American treasure, but then it was written about one. I am proud to have called Jim Shively a friend and I’m proud of his daughter. Amy is a gifted writer. Kudos to her for sharing her dad’s story with the world.”
Debra Wilde, former news anchor and journalist, Spokane
As a classmate of Jim Shively at the Air Force Academy and a lifelong friend, I am truly ecstatic that Jim’s daughter, Amy, has written this book. My wife, Sandy, and I have spent many, many hours not just reading the book, but discussing it in considerable detail. I have not read any other book on the POW experience that impressed me to the same extent. I believe the reader will be greatly pleased and blessed by the absolutely wonderful rendition and research by Amy. Jim Shively was truly a gentleman and man among men, and I will never forget his terrible wounds staring us in the face each day from his heroic resistance. Obviously, by this outstanding book, it is clear his spirit, courage, and excellence remain with us on earth in his daughter, Amy, as well as with him where he is now. Thank you, Amy, this book has been a spectacular confirmation of my very highest opinion of your dear father and my dear friend. All the best to you for its wonderful success, which I believe will greatly bless our country in many, many ways.Captain Guy Gruters, motivational POW speaker and author of Locked Up With God
“Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton is not merely a story of war, captivity, and torture. It is the story of a special man, one of the best and brightest of his generation. Jim Shively’s faith, inner strength, patriotism, and humility were the hallmarks of a truly great American. He was a man of character and dedication to service. It was my distinct privilege to know Jim Shively. We became friends relatively late in his life. He shared many memories, some about his captivity in Vietnam. But mostly Jim offered a perspective on life filled with a rare honesty and sincerity that made every hour with him an honor. Through the pages of this book, that honor is now yours.Mike Fitzsimmons, radio and television journalist, news director, and talk radio host, KXLY Newsradio 920, Spokane