Following the North Korean assault on the Republic of Korea in June of 1950, the invaders captured more than a thousand American soldiers and brutally executed hundreds more. American prisoners who survived their initial moments of captivity faced months of neglect, starvation, and brutal treatment as their captors marched them north toward prison camps in the Yalu River Valley. Cold Days in Hell provides a detailed account of their captivity and offers valuable insights into an ongoing issue: the conduct of prisoners in the hands of enemy captors and the rules that should govern their treatment.
The book is published by Texas A&M University Press.
©2012 William Clark Latham Jr. (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
"Intelligently conceived and exhaustively researched, it is an important and interesting addition to the field." (Journal of Military History)
"Cold Days in Hell is destined to become a classic on this difficult topic." (Pacific Historical Review)
It is always amazing to me how resilient the human body and will is when faced with incredible physical, emotional and mental suffering. The stories of what the American soldiers suffered at war and in captivity were astonishing. The Korean war falls in the middle of two conflicts that have received more visibility in our modern day culture. Even though it is a forgotten war, the men who died and survived need to have their tales remembered.
Probably Father Capone. His story of quiet defiance and commitment to the sheep in his flock was inspiring.
This is my first audio-book ever. I love to read and wasn't sure if I would like the experience. I did like the narration and felt like Capt. Spalding kept the book lively, using vocal variation and mimicking the quoted statements from the American, Korean and Chinese characters.
The extreme brutality towards the prisoners was angering, especially the mental and emotional abuse.
This is an exceptionally entertaining audio book. There are twelve chapters each with multiple personalities. The narrator brings a lot visual content to the narration with his effective use of “Assuming the voice of the Character” for the numerous individuals in the narrative of Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea. His presentation of the characters and the story settings really brings these stories to life and you can literally visualize the scenes and characters while listening to his narration. Consequently, when he is assuming various the characters he audibly takes on the persona of that individual so effectively that you can easily become a mentally visual participant in the story as if you are actually present.
I liked Rotorhead and the story line around him.
His audible characterization of the individuals and setting descriptions.
There is a whole range of emotions evoked by the various narrations. ... from humor to anger and sadness.
This book is absolutely difficult to stop listening to and it virtually necessitates stopping between chapter breaks.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Yes, it captured the essence of the fate of the POW's in Korea. With historical analysis the book conveyed an integral message and reminded us of that difficult time in history.
It was a great job. The voice was strong and captured the reader into the book easily.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
This was a very interesting book about the incredible hardships endured by POW's but also a great overview of the "Forgotten War". I learned very little about this war in history classes so it was fascinating to hear about this important period in history.
I particularly enjoyed hearing the humorous tales of passive resistance by the POW's with their captors.
Capt Spalding has interviewed some of the survivors and has insight into their mental state during this difficult time
Very sad to hear about the hardships the POW's endured
A must-read for anyone interested in modern military history. Vivid and compelling writing, and Captain Spalding's narration is first-rate! Not to be missed!
This is a good story regarding the struggles in a war that time seems to have almost forgotten.
Capt. Spalding has a good voice. He is a good choice to bring to light the struggles of the POWs.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy via Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
The author delivers a narration from capture to release as well as post war integration and trials that took place. From the moment of capture to release the full story of many a soldier is told as well as excerpts of the lives of others as well as full overview of the general conditions of the prisoners and their camps. The horrific nature of the treatment is evident. The glimpses of bravery as well as that of traitorous behavior and the amazing senses of humor that prevailed will truly touch you. Narrated by one captain Spalding who delivers a passionate narration of a time that was hard for many a soldier. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
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