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A Defiant Faith (2019 Jane Baird Lecture)

September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for the 2019 Jane Baird Lecture sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store. Our 2019 featured author is New York Times bestselling author Alvin Townley author of the book Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam’s Most Infamous Prison.

From the publisher of Defiant:

Defiant is Unbroken meets Band of Brothers—and then some.” —Congressman Pete Sessions

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military intelligence and propaganda. Determined to maintain their Code of Conduct, the POWs developed a powerful underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its eleven leaders, Vietnam’s own “dirty dozen,” and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. None would leave its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one would never return.

As these eleven men suffered in Hanoi, their wives at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the nationwide POW/MIA movement. The members of these military families banded together and showed the courage not only to endure years of doubt about the fate of their husbands and fathers, but to bravely fight for their safe return. When the survivors of Alcatraz finally came home, one veteran would go on to receive the Medal of Honor, another would become a U.S. Senator, and a third still serves in the U.S. Congress.

A powerful story of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley’s Defiant will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations.

To reserve your seat, please register here.

About the Author:


Best-selling New York Times-reviewed author Alvin Townley has traveled the world discovering inspiring personal stories and meeting icons and leaders in every field. Peyton Manning, John McCain, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Wolfe praised his books; Secretary Robert Gates penned a foreword. His film Jeremiah garnered four Emmy Awards; FOX, CNN, NPR, and USA TODAY have featured his expertise; the White House, University of Virginia, Delta Air Lines, Air Force Academy, The Home Depot and other leading organizations have invited him to speak. He has managed global strategy for an 85,000-person firm; worked on Capitol Hill; studied politics and economics in Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, and London; and recorded stories in South Sudan, Kenya, Bahrain, Vietnam, Australia, and China. He has landed on three aircraft carriers in three oceans. He now helps lead the nation’s third largest arts venue, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning Woodruff Arts Center, in Atlanta.

(Photo credit:  Trenton Ward)



September 25, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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