- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st Edition edition (23 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780575696
- ISBN-13: 978-1780575698
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tomorrow You Die: The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese Hardcover – 23 Aug 2012
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"Thoroughly inspiring . . . if you have read and enjoyed The Forgotten Highlander or The Railway Man by Eric Lomax, then you will love this book. A tale of an extraordinary man in extraordinary circumstances" (ARRSE)
"This outstanding memoir is more than a story of barbaric cruelty and the devastating futility of war. It's a humbling salute to the bravery of a generation and to the courage of a boy from Glasgow who encountered the worst of humanity and emerged a hero" (Daily Record)
"The PoW memoir to top them all" (Scotland on Sunday)
"Sir Chris Hoy's stamina and determination are legendary, but he would be the first to admit he could take lessons in both from his Great Uncle Andy (Book of the Month)" (Scots Magazine)
"If, as Solzhenitsyn wrote of another prison camp, the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man, there is no doubt which side won over Andy Coogan" (The Herald)
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His experience of being held captive in Japan is truly horrific yet he appears to emerge from this without bitterness. At times it is difficult for the reader to contemplate the extent of the torture he experienced at such a young age.
This book is timely in view of the recent success of the London Olympics and it amplifies that in order to survive and succeed in life a person needs to have self belief,a sense of humour, hardwork, the love of a family and a love of life.
It is unfortunate that the book is promoted primarily as a military book as I feel that it is an uplifting story that needs to be conveyed to people of all ages so no one forgets the remarkable bravery of people like Mr. Coogan.
After his capture in Singapore he enters the deoths of hell in a copper mine that sounds like Dante's inferno. This is an inspiring survival story and I agree with previous reviewers about its "unputdownability". It rattles along and just when you think things can't get any worse --- they do.
It puts our every day moans and worries into perspective. What a man, what a generation.
I was concerned, with the sensational material involved and the involvement of a professional writer, that the book might be a bit hyped up and not fairly portray Andy's real reflections, but having read the book I recognise a lot of the memories and think Andy's life and essence as a person has been portrayed well - the humour and positive outlook, as well as the hard-times as a POW. There are a lot of interesting historical facts throughout the book that help illustrate the period and conditions that Andy lived in at the time.
A great read - highly recommended!
At it's heart, this is an inspiring tale of how the author's hard upbringing in the Glasgow Gorbals in the Depression years equipped him with the life skills and inner resilience to endure and survive his POW captivity. The turning point in his early life offered by a quite by chance opportunity to take up and excel in amateur athletics is one key to that tale, including his post war recovery from all the privations endured and the all too many horrors seen with his own eyes.
It's a tale told directly and well, with dark humour, reflection and key anecdotes that drive the story forward and draw you in. It's been a while since I found a "read" this hard to put down, though it's also fair to add it's not one for the faint-hearted - Coogan thankfully just tells it like it was, he doesn't do "sanitised".
Coogan is already in Malaya when Japan invades, so there is just one chapter of "military history" in its normal sense, as he sets his personal travails in the bigger picture of the chaotic fighting retreat down the Malay Peninsula and the final debacle at Singapore itself - including the initial massacre by the victors of up to 50,000 ethnic Chinese, often underplayed or air-brushed out altogether in many accounts.Read more ›
This is a brilliant book a real page-turner that I just could not put down. I read it in two days it is so well written. Somebody should make this in to film. How any of these men survived is beyond me.
Andy Coogan's story is worth reading for its vivid details on life in Glasgow's tough slums during the depression alone -- never mind the terrifying fighting in Malaya and the years of torture, slavery and starvation and misery as a prisoner of the Japanese.
A truly inspirational read. I salute you Mr Coogan -- a remarkable man in his 95th year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wonderful book from the start about this amazing man who endured such a terrible time at the hands of the Japanese and it is well worth a readPublished 4 months ago by alex jackson
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The entire story was thrilling, devastating and so heart-wrenching. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Oakleigh Cooper
A must read to try and understand the strength and resilience of our heroes.
An incredible account we shall never forget
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