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Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45 - Brian MacArthur

Time Warner, 2005, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.

From the cover: “Many of the British, Australian and American prisoners held by the Japanese during the Second World War were so scarred by their experiences that afterwards they could not discuss them even with their families. They believed that their brutal treatment by Japanese and Korean guards was, literally, incomprehensible. But some prisoners were determined that posterity should know how they were starved and beaten, marched almost to death or transported on ‘hellships’, and used as slave labour — most notoriously on the Burma-Thailand railway — and how thousands died from tropical diseases. They risked torture and execution to keep secret diaries and make sketches and drawings that they hid from the guards wherever they could, sometimes burying them in the graves of lost comrades. The diaries tell of inhumanity and degradation, but there are also inspirational stories of courage, comradeship and compassion: how the men cared for the sick; risked death to steal from the Japanese; staged shows, concerts and cricket matches in the jungle; made secret radios; and how the doctors operated — and saved lives — with razors and butcher’s saws. When men have unwillingly plumbed the depths of human misery, said one prisoner, the artist Ronald Searle, they form a silent understanding of what solidarity, friendship and kindness to others can mean. The diaries and interviews with surviving prisoners on which Surviving the Sword is based will tell a new generation about that solidarity, friendship and kindness.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 495
ISBN: 0316861421

£10.00