Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45 (Book, 2006) []
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Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45

Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45

Author: Brian MacArthur
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2006, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this book, the author draws on the diaries of American, British, Dutch, and Australian Fepows (Far Eastern prisoners of war). Risking torture and execution to keep diaries and make sketches and drawings, the prisoner recorded not just a litany of horrors, but a moving statement to the nobler instincts of humanity as well. --book jacket.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian MacArthur
ISBN: 0349119376 9780349119373
OCLC Number: 271825788
Notes: Originally published : Time Warner Books, 2005.
Description: xvi, 494 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 20 cm
Contents: Pt I. 1. Surrender --
2. Changi --
3. The railway of death --
4. The real story of the bridge on the River Kwai --
5. "Speedo" --
6. Sonkurai : Valley of the shadow of death --
7. The railway opens --
Pt II. 8. Survival --
9. Books --
10. Food --
11. Religion --
12. Jungle medicine --
13. Smoking Gone with the wind --
14. King Rat --
15. Letters --
16. Entertainment --
17. Sports --
18. Ingenuity --
19. The "canaries" --
20. Officers and gentlemen --
Pt III. 21. The hellships --
22. Japan --
23. Haruku --
24. Sandakan --
25. Changi 1944-45 --
26. Freedom --
27. Home at last.
Responsibility: Brian MacArthur.


* Magisterial history of the Japanese prisoner-of-war experience, a gut-wrenching narrative that resonates to this day.  Read more...


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Brian MacArthur has made a significant contribution to the literature of the war in the Far East, which is still much less known to us than the matching struggle in Europe * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * Read more...

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