This major new work about World War II exposes the myths of military heroism as shallow and inadequate. "Tears in the Darkness" makes clear, with great literary and human power, that war causes suffering for people on all sides.This major new work about World War II exposes the myths of military heroism as shallow and inadequate. "Tears in the Darkness" makes clear, with great literary and human power, that war causes suffering for people on all sides.Read Less
Excellent portrayal of a soldier's survival of one of the most burtal atrocities of WW II.
As WW II begins to fade into history we must never forget the courage exhibited by men like Ben Steele.
Book is very well researched and written. I would recommend to anyone interested in WW II history.
Feb 18, 2010
Could not put down. Having read many books on early WW 11 this was still a outstanding text. The insight into what our men suffered at the hands of the Japs is to this day a hidden secret. To me the men who outlasted the pain endured by them have risen to new heights. We must never forget what took place in January, February,etc of 1942. The book took on new meaning as it gave insight into the men who lived to tell the untold history of just how bad they were treated.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-04-20 This grimly absorbing history revisits the worst ordeal Americans experienced during WWII. Michael Norman, a former New York Times reporter, and Elizabeth Norman (Women at War) pen a gripping narrative of the 1942 battle for the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines, the surrender of 76,000 Americans and Filipinos to the Japanese and the infamous death march that introduced the captives to the starvation, dehydration and murderous Japanese brutality that would become routine for the next three years. Focusing intermittently on American POW Ben Steele, whose sketches adorn the book, the narrative follows the prisoners through the hell of Japanese prison and labor camps. (The lowest circle is the suffocating prison ship where men went mad with thirst and battened on their comrades' blood.) The authors are unsparing but sympathetic in telling the Japanese side of the story; indeed, they are much harder on the complacent, arrogant American commander Douglas MacArthur than on his Japanese counterpart. There's sorrow but not much pity in this story; as all human aspiration shrivels to a primal obsession with food and water, flashes of compassion and artistic remembrance only occasionally light the gloom. 8 pages of b&w illus., illus. throughout; maps. (June 16) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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