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Surviving The Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45
Surviving The Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45
by Brian MacArthur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real life of POW's in the Far East, 29 July 2006
As my grandfather worked on the Thailand-Burma railway, I was keen to read this book to get an understanding of those who experienced captivity under the Japanese. The book highlights the complete disregard for human life and evokes completely different images of the romanticised, Hollywood images of European POW's in Colditz, The Great Escape etc etc. Although the book illustrates the suffering experienced by many, it also shows how the smallest graces in life can galvanise morale and band of brothers spirit against the greatest of odds. The book itself, is well structured, with well-placed interludes to give more rounded information on important characters/situations pertinent to Far Eastern POW's (FEPOWS). All in all, this adds further understanding to a marginalised issue of the 2nd World War.


A Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya
A Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya
by Anna Politkovskaya
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!, 19 Aug. 2004
This book is an eye-opener to the attrocities committed by the Russian 'democratic' state against innocent Chechens and also in the lack of humanity shown towards its own soldiers. Much of Politkovskaya's work is centred on original newspaper reports that she collated whilst in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and in Moscow. The book's layout is splendid and the short chapters on different aspects of the second Russo-Chechen conflcit keep you engrossed. The book certainly gives an important insight into all aspects of war, the political, social, economic and perhaps most importantly: the Human. Politkovskaya's work is testament to the bravery of the journalists, human rights groups, and surgeons who have tried to help the innocent civilians of Chechnya. This book has helped me enormously in my Master's dissertation on Chechnya and i would recommend it to academic and layman alike. The price is reasonable and unlike the many other books on the Chechen conflict this provides more than just a narrative, it strikes an overwhelmingly emotional chord. A must read!!


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