on 6 May 2006
A railway along the River Kwai is a sightseeing attraction of Thailand thanks to the film 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', which was based on a fiction. This book tells the true story of building the Burma-Thailand Railway by narratives of those who actually worked on the hard construction; Japanese railway soldiers and the employees of Japan National Railways, who were the devoted craftsman.
Their work on the Myitokyina line close to the battlefields on the India-Burma border,to keep trains running despite the persistent demolition of railway by British planes and guerrillas, are well described. And their retreat to Thailand fighting the hard rear guard action and trying to deceive the attack by planes.
The narratives are straight forward, often shocking and intensively moving. The full specification of the railway is useful as it has not been published alsewhere.
on 28 May 2014
This certainly helps Westerners understand the Japanese better, as a previous reviewer states, and it will therefore be of interest to many. It lets us understand how incapable they are of understanding other people's suffering, and the cruelty they inflicted on those they regarded as subhuman. How proud they are of their great engineering achievement! That thousands died unnecessarily doesn't come into it.