Into the Mouth of the Cat by Malcolm McConnell
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Into the Mouth of the Cat
By Malcolm McConnell

Into the Mouth of the Cat

The Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam

By (author) See other recent books by Malcolm McConnell
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $85.59
Your Price: $77.03 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $8.56! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $3.85 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 8-11 days

Into the Mouth of the Cat by Malcolm McConnell

Book Description

On the night of November 9, 1967, Sijan was ejected from his crippled fighter-bomber over the steep mountains of Laos. Although critically injured and virtually without supplies, he evaded capture in savage terrain for six weeks. Finally caught and placed in a holding camp, he overpowered his guards and escaped, only to be captured again. He resisted his interrogators to the end, and he died two weeks later in Hanoi. His courage was an inspiration to other American prisoners of war, and he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Buy Into the Mouth of the Cat book by Malcolm McConnell from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780393018998
ISBN-10: 0393018997
Format: Hardback
(203mm x 127mm x 25mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 12-Dec-1984
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...

Books By Author Malcolm McConnell

Without Hesitation by Malcolm McConnell Without Hesitation, Paperback / softback (September 2011)

Revealing, compelling, and controversial, this is the powerful memoir of General Shelton, war hero, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11, and one of the most respected military leaders of our time. 16-page full-color insert.

Warlord by Malcolm McConnell Warlord, Paperback (May 2007)

In his own forceful words, the memoir of Ilario Pantano, the American marine exonerated of murdering two Iraqi insurgents, tells a story of love for country, family, and the Marine Corps.

» View all books by Malcolm McConnell


US Kirkus Review » Lance Sijan, a young Air Force pilot, was on a bombing mission over Laos in 1967 when he ejected from his crippled Phantom above the Ban Loboy Ford - landing deep in mountain jungle with a severely fractured leg and a serious head injury. Over the next 24 hours, as meticulously detailed here, rescue helicopters attempted to determine Sijan's exact location (despite heavy enemy fire) - giving up only when losing radio contact with him. So, determined to avoid enemy capture no-matter-what, Sijan began dragging himself through the jungle - searching for water, eating bugs, repeatedly falling and re-injuring himself, suffering from concussion as well as immense pain. ("He forced open the dry, sour tube of his throat and howled, leaning into the hot agony like some circus daredevil.") He survived this ordeal for 46 days before being captured by the North Vietnamese. Now "a long skeleton in muddy rags" with "raw, bleeding expanses of flesh," Sijan nonetheless managed to escape briefly from a holding camp, felling a guard with a skeletal karate chop. Recaptured, delirious and near death, he refused to answer NVA questions while being tortured: "Clearly the only force that was keeping Sijan's ruined body alive was his indomitable spirit. And that tough, driving spirit was irreversibly bonded to his will to defy and resist the enemy interrogators." And he finally died - of pneumonia, untreated wounds, and malnutrition - in Hanoi's Hoa Lo Prison in 1968, winning a posthumous Medal of Honor. McConnell, author of novels (Just Causes) and non-fiction (First Crossing), bases much of this reconstruction on the years-later recollections of Sijan's POW comrades - to whom Sijan, amid deliriums, told his story. (McConnell goes on at defensive length about his primary source's "incredible memory," which doesn't have quite the intended, reassuring effect.) Throughout, the reliance on cliched rhetoric ("heroic," "astonishing," "incredible") detracts from the events themselves. Still, though lacking in thoughtfulness or eloquence, this quasi-documentary - commissioned by Reader's Digest - should find a solid, military-exploit readership, along with the POW portions of the Stockdales' recent In Love and War (p. 864). (Kirkus Reviews)

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Into the Mouth of the Cat book by Malcolm McConnell and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Malcolm McConnell close
Victory Undone by Malcolm McConnell
Without Hesitation by Malcolm McConnell
Eyes on the Horizon by Malcolm McConnell
Warlord by Malcolm McConnell
My Year in Iraq by Malcolm McConnell
Into the Mouth of the Cat by Malcolm McConnell
Last Mission by Malcolm McConnell
Healing Power of Faith by Malcolm McConnell
Hazardous Duty by Malcolm McConnell
» close