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The Faraway War: Personal Diaries Of The Second World War In Asia And The Pacific Paperback – 1 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552151092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552151092
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,758,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most detailed studies of memoirs of the Second World War in the Pacific."@lt;br@gt;-@lt;i@gt;Daily Telegraph@lt;/i@gt;@lt;br@gt;@lt;br@gt;Praise for Witness to War: @lt;br@gt;@lt;br@gt;"@lt;b@gt;Witness to War@lt;/b@gt; stands head and shoulders above all the other books that are flooding out to meet the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the last world war... Gives an excellent picture of a world in agony."@lt;br@gt;-@lt;i@gt;Spectator @lt;/i@gt;(Books of the Year)@lt;br@gt;@lt;br@gt;"A magnificent achievement."@lt;br@gt;-@lt;i@gt;Scotsman@lt;/i@gt;

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Now in paperback, Aldrich’s second fascinating volume of diaries which was published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the war against the Japanese.

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By Robin Park on 12 April 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It left me with the impression that outside the immediate areas of the particular writers locations that little was known of what was going on in the wider sphere of WWII.Just follow orders as what Buffy St Marie said in her Universal Solder song.Nothing much changes!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Gardner on 6 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
What an excellent read,and very informative as well, obtained at an excellent price, and condition,would certainly buy from here again
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Ordinary Japanese should just abandon the ship whose Elites are just using the masses for last minute overtaxing before bailing. 1 Sept. 2014
By Dwight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book also features the memoir of a New Zealand soldier working with a Fijian regiment who came across the bodies of two native women, pegged out on an earthen mound.

They had been "raped to death" by Japanese soldiers. Then they found a dead American soldier who had stakes driven through each shoulder and his hands cut off. "As we moved away again, one of my corporals said to me: "No more prisoners, turaga[sir]." I agreed with him.''

Prof Aldrich has found Japanese diaries that belie the common perceptions that soldiers or even low-ranking officers were automata devoted fanatically to their emperor and the codes of bushido, hara-kiri and kamikaze.

"One young officer praises America and its ideas of democracy and modernity, while on another occasion a Japanese soldier voices out loud his envy of some Germans who had set up a sort of peacenik camp on New Guinea to get away from the war," Prof Aldrich said.
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