My father-in-law was mentioned in this book as he also, like Ben Steele, survived the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Camp O'Donnell and working in the coal mines. It has made me even prouder to have known him. He passed away in 2003 from complications of silicosis contracted as a result of his wartime work in the mines. May God Bless All the Brave, Ordinary Men and Women who go to war and survive and to those who don't survive. They deserve our admiration.
An incredible story from the American and Japanese viewpoints about the battle for the Philippines, the Battan Death March and its aftermath and well as the story of one American captive from Montana, Ben
This was a sometimes depressing read that made me angry. My Mom had a high school boyfriend who survived the Japanese death camps and he was never the same again. She hates the Japanese to this very day. Maybe it isn't a good idea to hate anymore but we should never forget.
Michael Prichard does an amazing job of narrating this powerful book. If this narration and story does not bring a tear to your eye several times, you must not be human. I, too, bought the hardback version the evening that I finished the audo version. I needed it in my library and I will encourage my 10 year old son to read it some day when he is old enough to understand and appreciate it.
I knew the general story of the Bataan Death March and the fall of the Philippines--but had no idea of the degree of cruelty inflicted on Americans and Filipinos by the Japanese on Bataan. The story is disturbing in parts because of the horrors inflicted by the Japanese. It also gives me a new perspective on the decision to use atomic weapons against the Japanese--Roosevelt presumably knew much of what had happened in Bataan, and elsewhere in the Pacific; and knowing even half of what is in the book would have made his decision to authorize the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a lot easier to justify and more difficult to criticize. Not a criticism, but the book does focus largely on the American soldiers on Bataan; but 80% of the prisoners/casualties were Filipinos.
I was always more interested in the European theater of WWII, so I had very little knowledge of the Bataan Death March. This book is so incredibly insightful and almost impossible to stop listening to.
The narration seemed a little forced at first, but it got a lot better. This book reads more like a story than a history paper and keeps you riveted.
If you like WWII history, or just a really good story, this is a must listen!
Only 3 stars because of the awful narration. I agree with those who said there was much too much detail.
I don't consider this a man's book because I'm a woman but have always been interested in war history.
It's a good book but really suffers from the narration.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
A really good book on a difficult time.
Even though I was familiar with the Bataan Death March and have read other books on the subject, I was still deeply affected by this book. The atrocities that were committed, and the sheer scope of these events really puts a new perspective on WW
II. I was glad the authors followed Ben Steel's life after the war; he is an amazing survivor. A great read, although not my favorite narrator.
This was a well told, heartbreaking story about what went on in the Phillipines during the second World War. While the American prisoners of war suffered beyond belief, it was a tragedy for all. The Norman's words, coupled with a super narration by Michael Prichard make you feel as if you are there.