Top positive review
on 20 April 2018
Occasionally, when reading an account, one has to pause, put the book down and take a deep breath. This is one of those (Anne Applebaum's "Gulag" is another that springs to mind)... A terrifying, fascinating, heart-rendering account of life (and, unfortunately, often: death) as Japanese POW's. BM brilliantly captures the atmosphere, and, although there could be some more detailed maps (apart from the Thailand / Burma railway) for those not familiar with Far-Eastern geography, it is not critical and a well known research engine will happily fill the gaps. This book fully deserves its 5 stars!