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Comprehensive and Comprehendable, 26 April 2011
I grew up in Singapore. The history of the campaign has been largely misunderstood by many there, largely due to post-war myths, bias, perhaps even apathy. Yet, for history buffs, this part of World War II history cannot and should not be relegated to the sidelines. Mr Smith does a remarkable job of removing the fiction from fact, while recreating the tapestry of Colonial times in order to set the backdrop. Very readable; this book details both the amazing yet tragic defense of Singapore, as well as the tenacity of the Japanese invaders. This is a must read not only for history buffs, but also for Singaporeans - especially students - lest their history be forgotten.