Kiss The Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed It’s Own Prisoners of War in Vietnam (co-authored with Monika Jensen-Stevenson)
This best-selling book is about a devastating, ongoing American scandal. Stevenson and his wife, two award-winning journalists, provide startling evidence that the American government, right up to its highest echelons, knows, and has always known, that American POWs were left behind at the end of the Vietnam war. More amazingly, it has regularlry obstructed the efforts of private citizens, particularly veterans, to discover the truth. Not only does Kiss the Boys Goodbye reveal evidence of men abandoned and families torn apart, but it raises larger questions that strike at the very heart of democracy. When honorable men and women who ask questions are ignored, ridiculed, or persecuted by their own government, whom is that government serving? When a government uses the cry of “national security” to conceal facts from the public, how can the actions of that government be assessed, and to whom is it answerable? Reading this explosive book will forever change the way you view the Vietnam War, the Americans who fought in it, and government that betrayed them.”
There were serious efforts to stop the publication of Kiss The Boys Goodbye and one edition was pulped immediately after it was published. It is now (2012) available again in e-book form. According to an Amazon poll this book is the seventh most read book about the Vietnam War in America.
What the critics said:
“Read this book and you’ll never look at government in quite the same way . . . It’s rare when a book comes along that has the potential to make a significant impact on American politics . . . Kiss the Boys Goodbye is that rare book.”
---Orlando Sun Sentinel
“Kiss The Boys Goodbye rips the wall of deceit and lies to tatters . . . The authors have assembled incontrovertible evidence that the government left hundreds of its servicemen to rot in the communists’ gruesome prison camps in Vietnam and neighboring Laos and Cambodia.”
Occasionally a book cries out for the attention of the American people and its leaders . . . Kiss The Boys Goodbye is that book. . . This book is haunting.”
---The Wichita Eagle
“PRESENTS CHILLING NEW EVIDENCE.”
“DISTURBINGLY CREDIBLE, the most comprehensive documentation of the shameful and protracted treachery committed against our men and our nation’s honor.”
---Roanoke Times & World News”
THE IRAN-CONTRA CRIMES COMMITTED BY OLIVER NORETH ARE VIRTUOUS IN COMPARISON with the reported drug and arms sales manipulated by CIA and Pentagon bureaucrats that allegedly led to the murders of some POWs, as well as the suspected psychiatric commitment of other former POWs in an Air Force hospital in the Phillipines.
POWERFUL AND MOVING.”
“As investigative reporters, the authors have no equals and they leave no stone unturned.” . . . The most disconcerting and thought provoking book I have ever read.
“This book’s considerable value, beyond charges of official lack of commitment to U.S. fighting men, is in its critical examination of a portion of the government that we did not elect and which is almost never held accountable.
---Dallas Morning News
THIS RESEARCHED AND WELL-WRITTEN BOOK WILL MAKE YOU ANGRY AND IT WILL DEFINITELY MAKE YOU THINK LONG AND HARD . . . The Stevenson’s have created a tightly focused theory that suggests the American government did abandon hundreds of American military men and women.”
---West Coast Review of Books
“It is next to impossible to read this book and not come away convinced hundreds of live POWs were abandoned in Indochina.”