Rowe, Major James N. Five Years to Freedom. Boston, Little Brown, 1971 (3rd printing). 467pp, illus, dj, 6 x 8.5". About good, dj has several small tears, previous owners name on front free endpaper. Captured in 1963 during a firefight in S. Vietnam, "Nick Rowe" spent five years in Viet Cong prison camps, finally escaping in 1968. His subsequent rescue and resulting story captivated America at a time when hundreds of airmen were being shot down and taken prisoner in North Vietnam. His was the first story to be told of the brutality of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. Tragically, Nick Rowe was subsequently assasinated by guerillas in the Philippines in 1988. This volume in the present large hardbound edition is not often found on bookshelves today.