Tears in the Darkness : The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

Tears in the Darkness : The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

Description

Tears in the Darkness is an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war and shows the extent of suffering and loss on both sides.

For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history.

The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture--far from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur.

The Normans bring to the story remarkable feats of reportage and literary empathy. Their protagonist, Ben Steele, is a figure out of Hemingway: a young cowboy turned sketch artist from Montana who joined the army to see the world. Juxtaposed against Steele's story and the sobering tale of the Death March and its aftermath is the story of a number of Japanese soldiers.


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Details

Author(s)
Michael Norman, Elizabeth M Norman
Format
Paperback | 463 pages
Dimensions
137 x 208 x 23mm | 340g
Publication date
02 Mar 2010
Publisher
St Martin's Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Maps; Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
0312429703
ISBN13
9780312429706
Bestsellers rank
342,941