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Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway: A Memoir

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From June 1942 to October 1943, more than 100,000 Allied POWs who had been forced into slave labor by the Japanese died building the infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway, an undertaking immortalized in the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai." One of the few who survived was American Marine H. Robert Charles, who describes the ordeal in vivid and harrowing detail in Last M ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Zenith Press (first published March 1988)
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Jessica Biggs
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I expected--it was an intimately written memoir about one POW's experience being forced to work on the Burma railroad. It was incredibly fascinating and easy to read, but very little actually described his time working the railroad. Most of the book depicted life in the prison camp--starvation, dysentery, and abuse from the guards--as well as the story of one Dutch doctor in the camp with him. The author credited the doctor fur saving hundreds of prisoners lives through hi ...more
Nathan Albright
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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It is no exaggeration to say that the Japanese have not done a very good job at coming to terms with the horrors they inflicted on others in World War II, all while crying victim over being the only nation to be atomic bombed into pacifism.  This book is part of a genre of books related to those who suffered the horrors of being prisoners of war under the tender hand of the Japanese [1] and it does not pull punches about the struggle faced by people to survive during the war and the repercussion ...more
Mariken Wogstad-Hansen
War sucks

This should be required reading for every Chickenhawk in congress. The people who will send your son or daughter to war but when it was their turn they had other "priorites". That's a direct quote from Dick Cheney.
This was a very hard book for me to read, as I have family who served in WWII in the Pacific, some of whom were POW's, starved and tortured by the Japanese. Regardless of the difficulty of reading the book, I recommend it highly. We should not forget.

The dedication explains the entire book:

"The following is dedicated to Dr. Henri Hekking, Den Hague, Netherlands, who loved and respected his Texan friends, risking his life repeatedly to save them, although he had never seen the United States of Am
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It took me a while to read this book along with others I was reading but it was such a good read. I definitely want to go back and re-read the book. This book, along with a few others, peaked my interest in the Burma-Thailand death railway.
Michael Pelligrini

these man are the country duration of our country and we
must never forget their sacrifices.May God bless then and we all as Americans owe a debt t that certain never be repaid.
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