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The Wives Who Fought to Ensure No Man is Left Behind

Published by Knox Press
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About The Book

The true story of the women who waged an epic home front battle to ensure our nation leaves no man behind.

When some of America’s military men are captured or go missing during the Vietnam War, a small group of military wives become their champions. Never had families taken on diplomatic roles during wartime, nor had the fate of our POWs and missing men been a nationwide concern. In cinematic detail, authors Taylor Baldwin Kiland and Judy Silverstein Gray plunge you directly into the political maneuvering the women navigated, onto the international stage they shared with world leaders, and through the landmark legacy they created.

About The Authors

Taylor Baldwin Kiland has written, coauthored, ghostwritten, or edited twenty-one books, including two about our nation’s POWs: Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams and Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later.

A former naval officer—the third generation in her family to serve in the Navy—Taylor was raised in Coronado, California, and Virginia, where she grew up with many of the Vietnam POW and MIA families. She lives with her husband and daughter in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Judy Silverstein Gray has written numerous military profiles and feature articles about women leaders for news outlets, including The Tampa Tribune, publishing six books for young readers—five on military topics—and has work appearing in two literary anthologies. She has worked as a public information officer in both the private and non-profit sectors and teaches public health communication to graduate students.

The third generation of her family to serve in the military, Judy is a retired Coast Guard chief petty officer who has had a front row seat to historic events through her public affairs work. Throughout her pursuits, she has drawn on her fascination with storytelling to craft narratives about innovators and unlikely trailblazers. She lives with her husband in Tampa, Florida.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Knox Press (May 2, 2023)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637587379

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Raves and Reviews

“ extraordinary piece of journalism and truth telling. It is a compelling compilation and diary of heroic and hardnosed actions by the wives of POWs and MIAs who fought military and government bureaucracy and longstanding stereotypes of who military wives are and how they should behave.”

“Powerful and deeply moving, this is a war story like no other. If the first duty of every citizen is to remember, Unwavering will remind us of those captured or missing in Vietnam, and the remarkable women who kept faith with them for more than half a century.”

– RICK ATKINSON, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn and The Long Gray Line

“This is a brilliantly written, beautifully emotive, and utterly accurate portrait of the families left behind during America’s long war in Vietnam. It reads like a suspenseful work of fiction, and tugs at the heart—but is also full of rock-solid policy recommendations.”

– ADM. JAMES STAVRIDIS, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and author of To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision

“A vivid and urgent book brimming with original reporting, it breaks your heart while it inspires.”

– AMY ARGETSINGER, Washington Post editor and author of There She Was: The Secret History of Miss America

“With a brisk economy and verve, the authors tell a little-known story of love and devotion that deserves our attention and admiration.”

– MARK SALTER, former chief of staff for Sen. John McCain and bestselling author of The Luckiest Man

“The authors have chronicled—as no one else has—the dramatic, heart-rending saga of a small band of unlikely heroines who came to reshape US foreign policy...I witnessed firsthand their impact when I served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in the early 1990s.”

– LT. GEN. JAMES CLAPPER, former Director of National Intelligence

"An extraordinary piece of journalism and truth profiles resilient, unrelenting, fearless women who faced down the most senior military and political leaders.”

– USCGA grad

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