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No Mercy from the Japanese: A Survivor's Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942-1945
No Mercy from the Japanese: A Survivor's Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942-1945
by John Wyatt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Heroic Modest Man, 5 Sep 2009
John Wyatt has written a book which gives an eye-witness account of some of the most awful moments in the history of the British Army - the retreat through Malaya and then the loss of Singapore to the Japs. But then he tells us of the grim life building the Burma-Siam railway and then his transportation, in terrible cicumstances, to slave labour in Japan itself. He certainly experienced it all! Just look at the picture of a proud old man on the flyleaf - a modest, blameless life spent as a postman in Sydenham after the war - and you see everything that makes you proud to be an Englishman.


The Way it Was: Glimpses of English Cricket's Past
The Way it Was: Glimpses of English Cricket's Past
by Stephen Chalke
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Magic, 21 April 2009
Stephen Chalke is a genius. This book - like his others - is an elegaic piece of wonderful nostalgia about a lost time. So many stories, so well told. The interviews are precious time-capsules, as many of the subjects are now sadly dead. County cricketers - what wonderful, different, ageless people!


You'll Die in Singapore: The True Account of One of the Most Amazing POW Escapes in WWII
You'll Die in Singapore: The True Account of One of the Most Amazing POW Escapes in WWII
by Charles McCormac
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic Tale, 21 April 2009
There are many memoirs of heroism and suffering relating to the war against the Japs 1940-45 and this one is especially interesting in that Charles McCormack and his taciturn Aussie sidekick, Donaldson, completely outwit the enemy despite extraordinary odds against them. The story has great momentum and the narrative is descriptive both emotionallly and of what the escapees see and hear. I was left wondering what happened to all the people they encountered along the route-march to freedom.


Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
by Edward Paice
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.70

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris G, 5 Jan 2009
What a superb book this is. Paice's forte for unearthing recondite historical topics for the full scholarly treatment, is becoming legendary among his growing army of fans. Lucid, engagingly written and showing a true mastery of his subject, this book will become a minor classic of its genre.


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