Forest of Darkness: The Memoir of a U.S. Special Forces POW

Set against the backdrop of the U.S. civil rights and peace movements, Forest of Darkness chronicles the harrowing story of American Special Forces Staff Sergeant James E. Jackson, who was on this third tour as a CIDG advisor when he was captured in July of 1966 and held for 16 months in a Viet Cong POW camp. Enduring unimaginable physical and psychological torture, debilitating diseases and starvation, and the constant threats of air strikes and execution, Jackson’s survival is a testament to the human spirit, proving that faith, a positive outlook and strength of character can conquer the darkness.

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