At the end of Code-Name Bright Light, former Army captain George J. Veith reports the surprising results of a straw poll he took of former military personnel involved in the effort to liberate American POWs. More than half think that when the United States evacuated Vietnam in 1973, Yanks were left behind enemy lines. Veith is no conspiracy freak. He believes strongly that the military made a sincere effort to rescue captured troops, and argues his case well, yet he also reveals a troubled operation that did not liberate a single soldier due to a combination of its own incompetence and clever Viet Cong tactics. This important chapter of the Vietnam War has been largely ignored until the late 1990s, partly because so many relevant documents took that long to be declassified. Veith makes a genuine contribution to the historical understanding of the conflict, one that ought to engage those still wondering about men whose fates remain unknown. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Popular and academic works on U.S. prisoners of war continue to play a central role in Vietnam War literature and historiography. But even as the number of such titles proliferate, the quality of the research and the political bias of the writers have long been issues. Although a definitive scholarly volume awaits the opening of Vietnam's archives, Veith's research in the U.S. records places his study on American rescue attempts in the forefront of the discussion. The author, a specialist on POWs/MIAs, presents a tightly written, challenging essay on the ill-starred rescue efforts of the Joint Personnel Recovery Center and associated units in Vietnam and Laos. The catalog of bureaucratic inertia, interservice rivalries, and incredible bad luck combined to frustrate the numerous missions of American and Vietnamese special forces. An arresting and dramatic story supported by exceptional research, this is an essential purchase for Vietnam War collections in academic and public libraries.?John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib, Loudonville, N.Y.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book is going t be great because my Grandpa's in it, not oonly is he mentoined in this book he's a POW saver.Published on March 1 2004 by Tucker Fahling
Jay Veith, while working outside the bureaucratic infrastructure said to be "dedicated" to the PW-MIA issue, has made a major contribution to the families of those... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001 by Richard Arant
If you don't know much about how American efforts regarding POWs were handled in Vietnam, you'll sure know a lot after reading this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2001 by "firstname.lastname@example.org"
This book rests on bedrock research and is superb. I however think that Amb. Sullivan is treated unfairly as his mission was to keep Laos out of the conflict as best he could and... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2000 by ra doyle
"Code Name Bright Light" is an extremely well-researched and documented story about the efforts (failures! Read morePublished on July 28 2000 by Mcgivern Owen L
I am not diminishing the subject nor the author's research, but this book is crying for an editor! The topics are thrown throughout the chapters. Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by F. Dowdle
Magnificant book, great reference for POW-MIA issue during the Vietnam War. Me and my friends at OPERATION JUST CAUSE, POW-MIA FORUM, NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FAMILIES, and POWNET love... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2000 by "hostageman"
During my military career, the year I spent in JPRC-SOG was my proudest. This book by Jay Veith explains our memories, frustrations and efforts to assist in a small way our... Read morePublished on Dec 3 1998 by email@example.com
I had the good fortune to sit down to dinner with Jay and Col. Reisner, the first commander of Bright Light. Read morePublished on July 21 1998