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Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton by John Borling

Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton by John Borling

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Featuring a foreword by Senator John McCain, Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton is a remarkable and unique testament to the courage and resilience of the American spirit published concurrent with the 40th Anniversary of the release of the Hanoi Hilton inmates.

Each piece is a resounding expression of freedom, originally committed to memory and shared with fellow prisoners using only the secret tap code, a credit to one soldier’s determination to keep his connection to country, family, and to his fellow servicemen. You will read remarkable stories of endurance, life lessons, and means to achieve personal triumph.


“The words in the book fly directly from the soul of the writer and into the heart and soul of the reader, without deflection or deterrence; provide a powerful and much needed refresher course on American core values in terms of what they have helped us accomplish in the past, and what they can help us accomplish in the future.”
– Ron Standerfer, Blogger News Network


176 Pages
Trim Size: 5.4 in x .9 in x 8.4 in

ISBN/EAN: 978-0615659053

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Maj. Gen. John Borling USAF (Ret.)

A retired major general in the U.S. Air Force, John L. Borling is the author of Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton.

Borling founded and chairs SOS America (Service Over Self), a patriotic organization advocating military service for America’s young men age 18-26. A native Chicagoan and Air Force Academy graduate, Borling’s military career spanned 37 years. A highly decorated officer, with the Silver Star, Two Bronze Stars with V for Valor and Two Purple Hearts, he was an F-15 Eagle fighter pilot and commander of the famed “Hat in the Ring” squadron.

In addition to architectural writing, Bob is a gardener and craftsman. He lives in Illinois with his wife and family.