The author of "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" chronicles the untold story of one of World War IIs most celebrated warships, the U.S.S. "Houston," and the survivors who were captured and made slaves on Japans infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway.The author of "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" chronicles the untold story of one of World War IIs most celebrated warships, the U.S.S. "Houston," and the survivors who were captured and made slaves on Japans infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway.Read Less
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Excellent book. I have read extensively in WWII naval history in the Pacific and this is the first time I have found anything of any substance about the Houston. A very interesting story of pride, horror, hardship, suffering, and survival. Incidentally, it debunks the glory of the Hollywood ballyhoo, "The Bridge on the River Kwai." The Japanese were unrelenting torturers and murderers, and the British officers were not willing participants in the bridge-building as a matter of pride.
May 7, 2007
A generally well-written account of Houston's service and final days and the ordeal of the survivors in prison camps for the rest of the war. Though a little uneven in places, it has many personal accounts and some snippet's I've not seen elsewhere. Scholarly without being dense.
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