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DEFIANT: The American POWs Who Endured Hanoi's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned.
(Thomas Dunne Books & St. Martin's Press, 2014)

By Alvin Townley

Hundreds of brave Americans were held captive during the Vietnam War. From those, the North Vietnamese singled out eleven of the worst - the ringleaders, diehard resistors, and escape artists. They exiled them to an isolated prison the POWs named Alcatraz for the loneliness, suffering, and torture they endured there. As these POWs valiantly waged war from their tomb-like cells, the defiance, resilience, and unity of the "Alcatraz Eleven"became legend.

While North Vietnam imprisoned these men for more than seven years, their remarkable wives soldiered on at home; some didn't learn their husbands' fate for more than four years. These women also led a struggle with the U.S. and North Vietnamese governments alike to secure the safe return of their loved ones. Their legacy lives on in the National League of POW/MIA Families, which they founded.

DEFIANT reveals an astonishing story of hope, survival, and honor in America and in the prisons of North Vietnam, and will inspire everyone with its story of triumph in the darkest of circumstances.

"Gripping" -- The New York Times

"Inspirational" -- Kirkus Reviews

"These heroic men and women remind us how courage, devotion, and faith can triumph even in the darkest of times. In DEFIANT, Alvin Townley masterfully tells the inspirational and unforgettable story of our Vietnam POWs and the Alcatraz Eleven." -- President Jimmy Carter

"DEFIANT is a riveting tribute to the unyielding men who endured years of brutal captivity as POWs in Vietnam and the families they left behind. The men of the "Alcatraz Eleven" are true American heroes and their extraordinary stories will serve as an inspiration for generations to come. -- Senator John McCain

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FLY NAVY: Discovering the Extraordinary People and Enduring Spirit of Naval Aviation
(St. Martin's Press, New York, 2011).

By Alvin Townley

FLY NAVY takes readers on an adventure around the world and through 100 years of history aboard the U.S. Navy's planes, helicopters, and aircraft carriers.  This landmark book makes a perfect gift for current and former aviators and servicemen and women - no matter their age or branch of service.  It's also a unique gift for anyone who is inspired by stories of courage, military service, and classic American values.

"FLY NAVY crystallizes the imagination of flight into true inspiration." - VADM Tom "Killer" Kilcline, Commander, Naval Air Forces, 2007-2010

"More than a mere history of Navy flight, FLY NAVY is an exploration of the heart and soul of naval aviation." - Richard Latture, Editor-in-Chief, Naval History magazine

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SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future
(St. Martin's Press, New York, 2009).

By Alvin Townley

Spirit of Adventure is quickly establishing itself as the traditional gift for new Eagle Scouts.

The book captures the spirit of the younger generation of Eagle Scouts, featuring Eagles in their 20s and 30s who are leading great adventures all over the world, while living the values of Scouting.  Among those included are Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs, Peace Corps volunteers in Africa, NFL players, a coral reef biologist in Australia, a Hollywood actor, and F-18 pilots aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz - all accounts that will connect with and inspire Eagle Scouts of any age.  Particularly appropriate for new Eagle Scouts.  

"An inspiration for Scouts everywhere." - Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, BSA

"Spirit of Adventure tells a compelling story about a new generation and America's future." - Peyton Manning, NFL Quarterback & MVP

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LEGACY OF HONOR: The Values and Influence of America's Eagle Scouts
(St. Martin's Press, New York, 2007).

By Alvin Townley

Legacy of Honor is the sensational, groundbreaking book that has become the traditional gift item for Scout leaders, former Scouts, and supporters.  The book defines how America's Eagle Scouts have shaped our nation's history by using the values of Scouting.  The book features such leaders as Michael Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Ross Perot, Bill Gates, Sr., Bill Bradley, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, and many others from all walks of life.  

"These Eagle Scouts will inspire readers to become leaders in serving others." - President Jimmy Carter

"Inspirational" - Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense

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