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This review is from: Singapore Burning: Heroism and Surrender in World War II (Paperback)
I found the book immensely captivating from the first paragraph. Colin Smith combines a high level of scholaraship with an equally high level of writing. He presents the material in a coherent and inviting order, where organization of a complex socio-historical subject is at a premium. Vacillating between the day-to-day components of the fall of Singapore and the macro-context of the event in world history and its relationship to the European theatre is masterfully handled.
My interest in the fall of Singapore is both personal and professional. My Dad was a Prisoner of War captured in Singapore and I am now studying the period as a background to a novel that forms part of a doctoral thesis. The book has been a great help to me both in understanding some of the horrific things that my Dad experienced as well as giving me historical objectivity with relation to the military disaster.