Long Hard Road: American POWs During World War II [NOOK Book]

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Between 1941 and 1945 more than 110,000 American marines, soldiers, airmen, and sailors were taken prisoner by German, Italian, and Japanese forces. Most who fought overseas during World War II weren't prepared for capture, or for the life-altering experiences of incarceration, torture, and camaraderie bred of hardship that followed. Their harrowing story--often overlooked in Greatest Generation narratives--is told here by the POWs themselves.Long hours of inactivity followed by moments of sheer terror. Slave ...
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Overview

Between 1941 and 1945 more than 110,000 American marines, soldiers, airmen, and sailors were taken prisoner by German, Italian, and Japanese forces. Most who fought overseas during World War II weren't prepared for capture, or for the life-altering experiences of incarceration, torture, and camaraderie bred of hardship that followed. Their harrowing story--often overlooked in Greatest Generation narratives--is told here by the POWs themselves.Long hours of inactivity followed by moments of sheer terror. Slave labor, death marches, the infamous hell ships. Historian Thomas Saylor pieces together the stories of nearly one hundred World War II POWs to explore what it was like to be the "guest" of the Axis Powers and to reveal how these men managed to survive. Gunner Bob Michelsen bailed out of his wounded B-29 near Tokyo, only to endure days of interrogation and beatings and months as a "special prisoner" in a tiny cell home to seventeen other Americans. Medic Richard Ritchie spent long moments of terror locked with dozens of others in an unmarked boxcar that was repeatedly strafed by Allied forces. In the closing chapter to this moving narrative, the men speak of their difficult transition to life back home, where many sought--not always successfully--to put their experience behind them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873516815
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,102,835
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Saylor is an associate professor of history and the director of the Faculty Scholarship Center at Concordia University in St. Paul. He is the author of Remembering the Good War: Minnesota's Greatest Generation (MHS Press).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    So so

    The book was as advertise story"s of Pow "s . After 100 pages of the same story by other Pow. It became very boring. I can not blame no one but myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Great read!

    Great read from actual american GIs, some parts are heart wrenching to read. I couldn't put it down, i read it within 2days. I recommended quite a few times since reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Download Problem

    When put on nook, it is unable to be opened because it is an unreadable file type although it is an epub file.
    Not first book I've downloaded so I thought this was a little strange.

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