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Railroad of Death

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A new edition of the 1946best seller, the first and best account of forced labour on the Burma Railway

John Coast was a youngBritish Armyofficer who was taken prisoner at the Fall of Singapore in February, 1942. He took notes and concealed them from the Japanese for nearly three years, but lost them when he was forced to bury them to avoid repeated searches. Coast had to
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Paperback, 380 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Myrmidon Books (first published May 13th 2014)
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Account of the building of the THAI BURMA railroad in WW2



If you are considering a trip to see the Bridge over the River Kwai between Thailand and Burma at Kanchanburi (accessible from Bangkok), then this is an insightful memoir of the terrible conditions imposed by the Japanese on those prisoners of war building the railway.

In the introduction it lambasts the “easy” telling of the story in the film “Bridge on the River Kwai” as a “load of high-toned codswallop”! Yes, it was the sanitised version
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William Deakin
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a timely re-issue of this classic book when many of todays conflicts around the world result in the barbaric and horrific treatment of prisoners. It poses the question of whether different nations place a different value on human life. However I remain unconvinced by the author's conclusion that there is a different view of human life outside Europe for he chooses not to remember the numbers killed or maimed in WW1 and during the industrial revolution. I think what the book does show is ...more
Soon Hong
Another vivid account of survival story under Japanese Imperial Army .

Very touching and impressive!
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