Prisoner Of The Samurai: Surviving The Sinking Of The USS Houston And The Death Railway
- Soldier's Stories, World War II, Best of 2018
A season in hell
At the end of World War II, survivors of the sinking of the USS Houston in Sunda Strait were sent to the naval hospital at Guantanamo Bay and encouraged to record their experiences. One patient, James Gee, offered an unusually detailed report, which was worked into a manuscript by Rosalie Hamric, a nurse at the hospital, and rediscovered over 30 years later.
The narrative takes us from the sinking of the Houston to the sailors’ capture to their hellish ordeal in Japanese POW camps. Filled with harrowing detail—loading enemy ships in Java, slaving on Burma’s notorious “death railway,” working in the coal mines just 40 miles outside of Nagasaki—it is a rare and indelible account of the extremes of human cruelty and endurance.
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|Release Date:||April 2, 2018|