Bought this for my son in the Army who was about to embark on a re-enactment of the Baton Death March. Col. Frazier lives near me and his book was not available anywhere locally! Had the book drop-shipped to my son and he was excited to read it on the plane to the re-enactment site. Turns out the copy I sent him had been signed by the author! What a great surprise! My son read the book and completed the march with a sense of history and accomplishment, as well as an educated respect for those who completed the original Death March. This book is an interesting read for anyone who wants to learn history from the people who lived it!
I have read countless history books about the experiences of our soldiers and veterans from the Civil War up to Vietnam and I can honestly say this was the most moving and fascinating story the I have ever read. The candidness of Col Frazier, even when it may have exposed some weaknesses added to the complete life story and what prompted and molded him into the amazing survivor that he is. I was extremely to finish the book, but I am getting ready to read it again to find that I missed the first time. I found out that Col Frazier does speaking engagements and I hope to be able to meet this amazing man just to shake his hand and thank him for not only his service, but what I learned from his book. I am a college professor and I would recommend this book to anyone studying business leadership, history, and sociology.
My family and I had the great honor of meeting the author at the USS Alabama battleship just this last summer. We only learned of him them and didn't purchase the book that day although we wish we would have. What an incredibly strong and amazing person he is who had to have a tremendous amount of courage just to write this book and share his horrifying experiences. I haven't finished reading the book yet simply because it's difficult to take in such a story. It's heart-breaking to know of the horrors some people experience and yet encouraging to see when some people chose to not be destroyed by it. That's what makes him a true American hero.
I bought this book when I stumbled upon a book signing during vacation at the USS Alabama. I knew nothing about the book or the author, I'm just a sucker for a book signing. As I read this book, I kept thinking back to the author, so kind, outgoing, enthusiastic and handsome - and yet he went to hell and back as a POW. How his body endured the brutality to survive, and how his mental health survived to make him the warm and friendly man he is today is a testament to how strong the human body and soul can be when put to the test.
I would have hated this book if not for knowing the outcome as I turned each page. Col Frazier is an amazing survivor, and his story should not be forgotten.
What an honor to read Col. Frazier's book. A lot of books have been written about the treatment of POW's by the Japanese, but none as personal as this work. It's not just about war. It's about lost youth, debilitating horror and then, hatred that lasted many, many terrible years. The hatred that was a constant in Frazier's civilian life was just another tragedy that he had to suffer through. His willingness to openly discuss his innermost thoughts has added so, so much to this story. A very worthwhile read.
The story Col Frazier tells is heart wrenching and informative of the hell these brave soldiers endured. His writing was exceptional and the organization of the book was captivating and even had a little humor to such a dark time. I didn't put this book down for two days and was enthralled from the beginning to end. Thank you for your service to our country Col Frazier, and thank you for sharing such a personnal story so that we all may try to understand the even darker side of war.