The Fallen: A True Story of American POWs and Japanese Wartime Atrocities

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unspeakable crimes.
undeniable proof.
unattainable justice.

"A gripping account of one of the darkest secrets of World War II: the systematic torture and vivisection of American pilots by Japanese scientists for biological warfare research. Almost sixty years after the fact, revisionists continue to deny these horrors, but The Fallen provides indisputable evidence that Japan had indeed subjected American POWs ...

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Overview

unspeakable crimes.
undeniable proof.
unattainable justice.

"A gripping account of one of the darkest secrets of World War II: the systematic torture and vivisection of American pilots by Japanese scientists for biological warfare research. Almost sixty years after the fact, revisionists continue to deny these horrors, but The Fallen provides indisputable evidence that Japan had indeed subjected American POWs to live medical experiments–such as mutilating their organs, draining their blood, and pumping seawater into their veins. The postwar decision by the U.S. government to protect Japan’s Josef Mengele—like criminals is almost as shocking as the atrocities themselves."
–Iris Chang, the New York Times bestselling author of The Rape of Nanking and The Chinese in America

"A riveting and horrifying tale. Landas’s meticulous and imaginative detective work reconstructs a long-buried investigation that implicates not just a few rogue soldiers but Japanese scientists, professors, and politicians, abetted by an American cover-up at the highest levels. An important book that fills a gap in the story of World War II. The best part of the story is the courage of a lone American flier, loyal to his comrades even in the face of torture, whose ordeal unfolds with vivid immediacy."
–Philip Gerard, author of Secret Soldiers

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Freelance writer and reporter Landas takes a look at the horrific deaths of dozens of American POWs during the last few months of World War II.  Beyond the more widely reported horrors of the Bataan Death March, 39 of these men were beheaded by the Japanese in retaliation for American bombings and the surrender by the emperor.  Eight more were used in medical experiments: dissected while still alive or subjected to the pumping of seawater into their veins.  Landas follows the lengthy investigation into these grisly deaths and the subsequent war crimes trials.  Finally, he shows that most of those found guilty of the atrocities were set free for political reasons as the Cold War heated up and the United States needed a friendly Japanese government.  A timely effort, this well-written book is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries. – Charles M. Minyard (ret.), U.S. Army, Blountstown, FL (Library Journal, July 2004)
Library Journal
Freelance writer and reporter Landas takes a look at the horrific deaths of dozens of American POWs during the last few months of World War II. Beyond the more widely reported horrors of the Bataan Death March, 39 of these men were beheaded by the Japanese in retaliation for American bombings and the surrender by the emperor. Eight more were used in medical experiments: dissected while still alive or subjected to the pumping of seawater into their veins. Landas follows the lengthy investigation into these grisly deaths and the subsequent war crimes trials. Finally, he shows that most of those found guilty of the atrocities were set free for political reasons as the Cold War heated up and the United States needed a friendly Japanese government. A timely effort, this well-written book is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Charles M. Minyard (ret.), U.S. Army, Blountstown, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471421191
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,174,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

MARC LANDAS is a freelance writer who has written for numerous Internet and print publications, including FOXNews.com and The Source. He has contributed extensively to various urban market magazines as a political reporter and book reviewer. Landas is currently writing a history of professional tennis. He lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Prologue.

1. October 1945: CIC Headquarters.

2. October 1945: Western Army Headquarters.

3. October-November 1945.

4. December 1945—February 1946.

5. April 1946.

6. The Families: January—March 1946.

7. Sato and Aihara: June 1946.

8. University Suspects: July 13—17, 1946.

9. Ishiyama: July15—17 July, 1946.

10. Marvin: Spring—Fall 1946.

11. One Step at a Time: August—December 1946.

12. Synthesis to Schism: January—April 1947.

13. From Tokyo to Kyushu: April— June 1947.

14. The Liver Case: July 1947—February 1948.

15. Closure: September 1947—March 1948.

16. The Trial: 1948.

17. Prosecution:1948.

18. Closing and Clemency: 1948—1950.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    A Must Read for every American

    This book will shock you in a way that is probably necessary. The great untold horror story of the modern world are the countless acts of torture, human experimentation, mass murder, and use of biological weapons by Imperial Japan before and during WWII. We in the US hear bits about the Nanjing atrocities and others that are always quickly watered down by pro-Japan journalists as "Chinese propaganda." But we dont think about it much anyway because the atrocities were committed against "other people." Reading this book will clarify that Americans were also victims of atrocities, in this case, biological experimentation. Unlike Germany, which faced its ugly truths, Japan remains unrepentant, unapologetic, and in bald-faced denial. This is the shame of the country and something that Americans should know about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    Almost forgotten heroes

    when i first picked this book up i wasn't sure that i'd want to read about something as morbid as 30- something beheadings and human scientific experiments. but as i got into the story i discovered an interesting side story about one of the pows who made it home and put his life (and a waiting wife) on hold just to see that justice was served. it's just the kind of uplifting sacrifice that makes that generation the Greatest Generation. i was pleasantly surprised. so far as procedurals go, it was solid as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    An incredible book

    I found the book to be an outstanding piece of history as it recounted, what to me, was complete and utter barbarity on the part of the Japanese during the Second World War. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. Recommended for anyone interested in World War 2 or History.

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