Library JournalThe editors (Building the Death Railroad, Scholarly Resources, 1993) present, in the survivors' own words, the story of American World War II prisoners in the Pacific. Over 25,000 Americans were held prisoner in the Pacific and over 10,000 died. The lucky ones, blessed with an absolute will to live, tell their story. It is a numbing saga: hunger, disease, brutality, slave labor, and the constant humiliation of defeat and subjugation. Vivid descriptions of captivity with others who may or may not survive express the basic fears of every soldier: How will I behave as a prisoner of war? These POWs show how unrealistic rebellion is. They discuss endurance, escape, and sabotage and see death ships, American air attacks, and, finally, liberation. The book should be more inspirational, but it becomes bogged down in its sameness. It would have been better to zero in on a few POWs and follow their emotional stories to the end. This will be of greatest interest to readers with an interest in the psychology of war and captivity; for comprehensive collections only.-Ralph DeLucia, Willoughby Wallace Lib., Branford, Ct.
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