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Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45

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During World War II, there were few fates that could befall a soldier so hellish as internment in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. To this day, many survivors–most of whom are in their eighties–still cannot talk about their experiences without unearthing terrible memories. Surviving the Sword gives voice to these tens of thousands of Allied POWs and offers us a powerful re ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Random House (first published February 7th 2005)
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Stephen Douglas Rowland
Tepid, and mainly focusing on British soldiers. Who cares? AMERICA.
Maggie
Jan 01, 2016 Maggie rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written history of the prisoners held by the Japanese in Asia during World War II, most of which were British, Australian, and Scots. There was a much small contingent of Americans, of which my mother's first cousin, Louie, was one. He died at the hands of the Japanese after surviving the Bataan Death March and several years in POW camps, but died being transported by ship to Japan where he no doubt would have worked in a mine or factory had he not expired on the trip across. ...more
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Jul 29, 2011 Dachokie rated it it was amazing
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Upon reviewing the several hundred books in my library on World War II, I noticed my reading was skewed heavily to the European Theatre (particularly the Eastern Front) ... I felt this book was a good start to creating more balance in my studies.

With a firm understanding of Japanese brutality during the war ("The Rape of Nanking" illustrates this very clearly), I felt I needed more than the Bataan Death March, hari kari and suicide pilots to better understand the Japanese d
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Claire
An extremely moving and very graphic account of the harrowing experiences of the British, Australian, American and Dutch servicemen taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Far East during World War Two. This is a fascinating story of courage (both moral and physical) and of survival - this book demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength and determination of these remarkable men, only some of whom survived the war, against the most appalling odds and despite the horiffic trea ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
If you ever wanted to read about Japanese run POW camps, then this is the book for you. The book is filled with details about the camps run for the Allied soldiers taken prisoner during the war. It also contains a lot of details that can easily prove very upsetting to the reader. I would give a BIG warning about the gruesome factor for this book.

It details events at specific camps, but also has various thematic elements. Some of the topics include Changi; the Burma Railroad; the Bridge on the R
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Matt
May 02, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, tugs at my almost non existent heart strings! Covers everything from the very depths of brutality from their captors, the dishonest amongst their own stealing to the very best in human nature caring for the suck often at great personal risk. One of the best books on the Far East prisoners I've read!
Eric
May 15, 2007 Eric rated it it was amazing
This book explores the lives of Allied POWS and their experiences at the hands of their Japanese captors. An interesting read.
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