The League of Wives by Heath Hardage Lee audiobook

The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the US Government to Bring Their Husbands Home

By Heath Hardage Lee
Read by Heath Hardage Lee

Macmillan Audio
10.32 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781250202987

"Listeners are transported back to the 1960s by Heath Hardage Lee and her painstaking research... Her fascination with her subjects is infectious. Listeners who are fans of history will find much to admire in this little-known story." — AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author. The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington—and Hanoi—to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam. On February 12, 1973, one hundred and fifteen men who, just six years earlier, had been high flying Navy and Air Force pilots, shuffled, limped, or were carried off a huge military transport plane at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. These American servicemen had endured years of brutal torture, kept shackled and starving in solitary confinement, in rat-infested, mosquito-laden prisons, the worst of which was The Hanoi Hilton. Months later, the first Vietnam POWs to return home would learn that their rescuers were their wives, a group of women that included Jane Denton, Sybil Stockdale, Louise Mulligan, Andrea Rander, Phyllis Galanti, and Helene Knapp. These women, who formed The National League of Families, would never have called themselves “feminists,” but they had become the POW and MIAs most fervent advocates, going to extraordinary lengths to facilitate their husbands’ freedom—and to account for missing military men—by relentlessly lobbying government leaders, conducting a savvy media campaign, conducting covert meetings with antiwar activists, most astonishingly, helping to code secret letters to their imprisoned husbands. In an unpausable work of narrative non-fiction, Heath Hardage Lee tells the story of these remarkable women for the first time. The League of Wives is certain to be on everyone’s must-listen list. “A remarkable true story of love, war, courage, constancy and change—as a group of naval housewives transformed themselves into powerful advocates for their missing husbands." — Liza Mundy, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

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Summary

Summary

"Listeners are transported back to the 1960s by Heath Hardage Lee and her painstaking research... Her fascination with her subjects is infectious. Listeners who are fans of history will find much to admire in this little-known story." — AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author.

The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington—and Hanoi—to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam.

On February 12, 1973, one hundred and fifteen men who, just six years earlier, had been high flying Navy and Air Force pilots, shuffled, limped, or were carried off a huge military transport plane at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. These American servicemen had endured years of brutal torture, kept shackled and starving in solitary confinement, in rat-infested, mosquito-laden prisons, the worst of which was The Hanoi Hilton.

Months later, the first Vietnam POWs to return home would learn that their rescuers were their wives, a group of women that included Jane Denton, Sybil Stockdale, Louise Mulligan, Andrea Rander, Phyllis Galanti, and Helene Knapp. These women, who formed The National League of Families, would never have called themselves “feminists,” but they had become the POW and MIAs most fervent advocates, going to extraordinary lengths to facilitate their husbands’ freedom—and to account for missing military men—by relentlessly lobbying government leaders, conducting a savvy media campaign, conducting covert meetings with antiwar activists, most astonishingly, helping to code secret letters to their imprisoned husbands.

In an unpausable work of narrative non-fiction, Heath Hardage Lee tells the story of these remarkable women for the first time. The League of Wives is certain to be on everyone’s must-listen list.

“A remarkable true story of love, war, courage, constancy and change—as a group of naval housewives transformed themselves into powerful advocates for their missing husbands." — Liza Mundy, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With astonishing verve, The League of Wives persisted to speak truth to power to bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. And with astonishing verve, Heath Hardage Lee has chronicled their little-known story—a profile of courage that spotlights 1960s-era military wives who forge secret codes with bravery, chutzpah and style. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down.” Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author
Heath Lee has written a beautiful and thoughtful biography of Winnie Davis. . . . This is, in a sense, a biography of America in the aftermath of a civil war as much as it is a captivating story of a young woman who struggled to preserve her individuality when others elevated her to an icon. Carol Berkin, author of Civil War Wives and Wondrous Beauty
"Listeners are transported back to the 1960s by Heath Hardage Lee and her painstaking research...Her fascination with her subjects is infectious. Listeners who are fans of history will find much to admire in this little-known story. AudioFile Magazine
“Exhilarating and inspiring.” Washington Post
“A book both educational and emotional.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Heath Hardage Lee

Author Bio: Heath Hardage Lee

Heath Hardage Lee is the author of two nonfiction books. Her first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, won the 2015 Colonial Dames of America Annual Book Award as well as a 2015 Gold Medal for Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She comes from a museum education and curatorial background, and she has worked at history museums across the country. She holds a BA degree in history with honors from Davidson College and an MA in French language and literature from the University of Virginia. She served as the 2017 Robert J. Dole Curatorial Fellow, and her exhibition entitled “The League of Wives: Vietnam POW MIA Advocates & Allies” premiered at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in 2017.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English