My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March

My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March

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by Lester I. Tenney
     
 

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Captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan, Lester Tenney was one of the very few who would survive the legendary Death March and three and a half years in Japanese prison camps. With an understanding of human nature, a sense of humor, sharp thinking, and fierce determination, Tenney endured the rest of the war as a slave laborer in Japanese prison camps.

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Captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan, Lester Tenney was one of the very few who would survive the legendary Death March and three and a half years in Japanese prison camps. With an understanding of human nature, a sense of humor, sharp thinking, and fierce determination, Tenney endured the rest of the war as a slave laborer in Japanese prison camps. My Hitch in Hell is an inspiring survivor's epic about the triumph of human will despite unimaginable human suffering.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tenney here recounts his experiences as a GI during the fall of the Philippines in 1941, his participation in the Bataan death march and his three-year ordeal in Camp 17, the harshest POW camp in Japan. He witnessed devastating atrocities, including serial slaughter that was a kind of athletic exercise for the guards. Soon after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, he was set free; his wanderings about the countryside and interactions with Japanese civilians and leaderless soldiers form the most interesting sections of this engrossing book. Tenney suffered unexpected heartbreak when, upon being reunited with his family, he learned that his wife, believing him killed in action, had remarried. He also experienced depression based largely on his image of himself as one of ``the losers who had surrendered'' in the Philippines. In 1988, he revisited Japan and found that his psychic war wounds were beginning to heal. For all the suffering he witnessed and endured, Tenney's memoir is remarkably upbeat. He is a retired professor of finance at Arizona State University. Photos. (June)
From the Publisher
"Riveting . . . A grim story of heroic survival."

"What gets you through torture and isolation with self-respect intact? Let Tenney show you in this book."

"Superb."

“Riveting . . . a grim story of heroic survival.”

“What gets you through torture and isolation with self-respect intact? Let Tenney show you in this book.”

"Superb."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597973465
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
09/30/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
191,841
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Lester I. Tenney is a professor emeritus of insurance and finance at Arizona State University. He lives in Carlsbad, California.

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My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March should be required reading for every High School student in America. With incredible poignancy and humor Lester Tenney literally takes the reader inside what was most certainly intended to be the final 'home' of these incredibly brave and resiliant soldiers. The only difficulty I had in reading this tremendously important memoir was trying to focus on the text through eyes filled with tears. An amazing story of hardship, determination and hope, Lester Tenney and his fellow POW's show the very best a human being can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Fil-Am serving in the US Air Force but my early childhood was spent growing up in Bataan, Philippines and learned about the death march in my early grade school years. I personally have been to the site and in Corregidor and the mountain in Bataan with the huge metal cross standing proudly on top of it for all the fallen soldiers. Also a place called Capaz, Tarlac where the march was said to have ended. It made me cry and reading this book made me remember everything I have heard from the elderly growing up as a young Filipino girl. I recommend this book to everyone, students and educators alike. Let us not forget the ones who paid the price for our freedom these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college class at ASU. I began reading the book and was struggling with it. I then had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tenney at a local B&N. He put a face and person to the story. I went home that night and read the entire book. I felt the emotion in his writing. Interestingly, a few years later I mentioned to my new grandmother-in-law that she should read this wonderful book about the Bataan Death March. She hesitated and then proceeded to tell me she had a close cousin who was on the march. I asked the name of the relative and she started with Lester and I finished with Tenney.
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PhoenixBird7 More than 1 year ago
I worked for 14 years at the VA Med Ctr in Phoenix, and had the honor of meeting and caring for Mr. Tenney. I have already read his book, but want it for me NOOK tablet for a second read. It is very "readable", moves along smoothly, and really helps the reader understand just what the devil we were fighting against during WW II. Mr. Tenney was a cheerful, intelligent, extremely likeable man, and after reading My Hitch in Hell, I marveled at his resiliency of spirit. That people who have gone through such terrible experiences, and seen the worst that humans can wreak on their fellows and still have any faith in the goodness of the human race boggles the mind. I've read a number of books by former POW's. Each offers a different view of their experiences and are valuable insights into the human experience and tenaciousness of the human spirit to survive, but I believe that this is the best I've come across so far.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
an outstanding book of pow survial and abuse in the japan labor camps in the coal mines. I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET LESTER TENNEY AT A COLLEGE LECTURE SERIES. A MAN OF COURAGE AND SURVIAL SKILLS.