The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government To Bring Their Husbands Home

St. Martin's. Apr. 2019. 336p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781250161109. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250161123. HIST
OrangeReviewStarLee (Winnie Davis) presents the astonishing, untold story of a group of wives who mobilized and organized in an attempt to bring their husbands home from Vietnam. The group's leader, Sybil Stockdale, whose spouse spent more than seven years as a POW, stepped out of her role as a military wife and mother to lobby the U.S. government for better treatment as well as the swift and safe return of her husband and more than a hundred of his fellow Navy and Air Force pilots. Armed with the knowledge that their loved ones were being tortured and denied medical care as POWs, some of the women teamed with the government to send and receive coded messages; this series of clandestine activities earned them the moniker "Jane Bonds." Despite their many challenges, including a "keep quiet" policy enforced by the Johnson administration, wives across the country banded together to bring attention to the issue, support one another, and ultimately bring their men home.
VERDICT This unputdownable story of strength and determination is a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

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