Five Years to Freedom - James N. Rowe

Five Years to Freedom

By James N. Rowe

  • Release Date: 1984-05-12
  • Genre: Military
Score: 5
From 79 Ratings


When Green Beret Lieutenant James N. Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam, his life became more than a matter of staying alive.

In a Vietcong POW camp, Rowe endured beri-beri, dysentery, and tropical fungus diseases. He suffered grueling psychological and physical torment. He experienced the loneliness and frustration of watching his friends die. And he struggled every day to maintain faith in himself as a soldier and in his country as it appeared to be turning against him.

His survival is testimony to the disciplined human spirit.
His story is gripping.

From the Paperback edition.


  • Favorite

    By Bulldozer_1969
    I don't like reading books too much, but this one...I couldn't stop reading it!
  • Danny

    By 0314MFF
    A phenomenal read! Gives amazing perspective into the mental strength of nick Rowe, an American hero and green beret. All SF operators should read this as education in their profession.
  • Five years to freedom

    By Kevcrts
    What a great book,what a young american soldier went through in captivity ,mentally,physically,emotionally and spiritually kept me up at nights thinking about it. Just a great true story anyone would enjoy. I found myself hoping his captors lived long enough to know he succeeded in escaping to freedom . Highly recommended book.
  • Highly recommended 5 years to Freedom!

    By Pick572
    For every man that has and will step on Mackall at the Rowe training facility this book is a must read. A true inspirational story of what it is to be a member of the brotherhood. Strength and Honor! De Oppresso Liber.
  • What courage and determination

    By toldyouwasntme
    No doubt one of the best books I have read over the last few years. What courage and determination to resist five years of starvation and punishement and never to give in to the pressure and coercion. For anyone interested in the Vietnam war, this book is a must.
  • Great read

    By SaxonyBlue
    One of the better books on Vietnam Nam, I've read quite a few. I was too young to go.
  • Incredible Courage!!!

    By Quiteacatch
    I had the honor of meeting Colonel Rowe at Ft. Bragg while attending the SERE (Level C) Course. He made a point of meeting every soldier and shared why he came back into the Army, a dream had inspired him to set up survival training so that future POWs could survive, just as he had. It was shortly thereafter that he was tragically killed in an ambush in the Phillipines. I can not recommend this book enough!
  • Incredible

    By Me5795389(
    Captivating story on overcoming hardship. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I recall portions of this book and realize, it could be worse.
  • Awesome!

    By Jon54321
    Definitely one of best books on human survival that I've ever read. A must read!