Long Way Back To The River Kwai

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Velmans' compact, exceedingly readable autobiography focuses on his World War II experiences.

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Velmans' compact, exceedingly readable autobiography focuses on his World War II experiences.

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The Washington Post
It is good that by the 1970s extensive business dealings in Japan had taught Velmans that "there was no longer any reason to think of the Japanese as the bad guys," but it is also good that he has the honesty to say, "I never lost my compulsion to keep a wary eye on them." To harbor such feelings has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with the brutal legacy of war. This candid, understated book is a useful contribution to our understanding of that essential truth. —Jonathan Yardley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611453843
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Loet Velmans came to America after World War II, where he worked for and became CEO of public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. His wife, Edith Velmans, is the acclaimed author of Edith’s Story. They divide their time between New York City and Sheffield, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Maps vi
Prologue 1
1 Boyhood 15
2 Escape 31
3 Refuge 45
4 Prison 75
5 Death Camp 123
6 Recovery 161
7 Renascence 181
Epilogue 205
Acknowledgments 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Interesting Observations

    The author writes well and his description of his war experiences at the hands of the Japanese army in Burma and Thailand during World War II were memorable but I found most intriguing was his attempts at trying the explain the Japanese reaction to being defeated. That alone merits a read of the book.

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