John Baptist Crasta's story, written shortly after the war, was discovered and published 51 years later by son. At the time, John was 87 years old. He died less than 2 years later, after having seen his book in print. (A third, revised edition is now available in paperback from amazon.com/dp/1480034053 ; the book is also available as part of a three-book bundle titled "Fathers and Sons, War and Love": amazon.com/Fathers-Sons-War-Love-ebook/dp/B00AREGJ04 )
It was by reading his father's memoir that the son not only discovered his father, but decided to do all he could to make the world know about it. This book contains not just the father's memoir, but the son's essays about rediscovering his father and his feelings about the memoir.
This shocking and poignant story of World War II and its forgotten Indian Prisoners of War has never been told before from the viewpoint of an ordinary Indian soldier who was there as one of its actor-victims. Nor has it ever been coupled with a moving story of fathers and sons.
--"A classic in military history, telling the story of men trapped in a world of torture, starvation, and death"--Roger Mansell, War historian, in Tameme Magazine
--"You see the horror of war, without a trace of artifice, through the eyes of one who was there, the writing a simple act of catharsis. A war memoir that ranks with the best."--Professor Mark Ledbetter, Nisei University
--"More than any other book in recent memory, Eaten by the Japanese drives home the lasting effects of enforced captivity--not only on the bodies but on the minds of the prisoners. Almost totally devoid of xenophobia . . . it is instead a book about kindness, solidarity, and collective survival, about the bonds that matter--those between a single human being and another. Striking and raw, an antidote to myth. Something to be treasured. This is the kind of record that this generation is losing fast, and we need to hold on to this. It made me think of what had happened to my own father's memoirs, which were lost."--Professor Barry Fruchter.
Around 30,000 words.
The minor co-author, compiler, and annotator, Richard Crasta, is the author of 12 other books in print and in digital form, including "The Revised Kama Sutra" and "The Killing of an Author."