Death on Hell Ships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War - Gregory F. MichnoLeo Cooper, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. Two very slight marks to ffep otherwise a very well presented copy.
Can a story of the hellships be written? No, according to Preston Hubbard, former prisoner and retired history professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Hubbard believes the unrelenting horror of the hellships does not lend itself to a book. Novels or movies need points of contrast, moments of relief, different viewpoints. The hellships, says Hubbard, have no contrasts. Their damned, dark world lies buried beyond the reach of imagination or memory. It was a world unrelieved by humour, light, setting, or routine. Such a story, he claims, would collapse into itself like a black hole, shedding no light and yielding no understanding. Indeed, the hellships may represent a kind of depravity, a supreme form of evil beyond the scope of history (Hubbard, Apocalypse Undone, 164). Although Hubbard's observation may be valid when it comes to the creation of a painting, movie, or novel, fortunately (or unfortunately, as the case may be), this is not a novel. Truth does not always follow the dictums of art. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 366pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)