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on 28 July 2014
Its a tempting proposition. Small book, easy to read. But therein lies the problem. No referencing, no bibliography, just "further reading" whatever that means. Many of the contentious issues are given as fact, which undermines the credibility of the rest of the information presented. An example is 80,000 POWs is given as the surrender figure. Yet no mention is given to the fact that the official historian, Kirby, quotes 138,000 and Farrell a contemporary Singapore based historian gives 100,000.
Little to no analysis. We are given the author's views presented as fact.
Small book makes for small maps and unless you are familiar with the geography of the area, almost impossible to follow the campaign.
Save your pennies and buy a better book: Alan Warren's "Singapore" for the campaign and maps the reader can follow; and Farrel "Singapore Defence and Fall" for analysis.
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on 16 June 2013
This was a first class read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to the end. I have read several accounts regarding our apparent desertion of Singapore, this is by far the best account.
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