My Hitch in Hell

My Hitch in Hell

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by Lester I. Tenney
     
 
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 thinki

"Riveting . . . A grim story of heroic survival." —- "Kirkus Reviews"

"What gets you through torture and

Overview

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 thinki

"Riveting . . . A grim story of heroic survival." —- "Kirkus Reviews"

"What gets you through torture and isolation with self-respect intact? Let Tenney show you in this book." —- Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, USN (Ret.)"

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574888065
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
06/30/2007
Series:
Memories of War
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
623,075
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ncsam More than 1 year ago
good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DannyfromTupelo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading details of WW II P.O.W.'s from a first person account. Bogs down a little in the middle, but over all a very good read.