Carefully and sensitively researched, [i]A Cruel Captivity[/i] differs in a number of respects from other moving POW accounts , in that it covers the experiences of 22 servicemen who were held captive in numerous locations through South East Asia.
The book also examines the various mental and physical effects that the prisoners' captors' treatment had on them. The author's handling of the 'legacy' of their experiences during the post-war years makes this moving book particularly important.
For a full understanding of this dreadful aspect of the Second World War, [i]A Cruel Captivity[/i] is a must-read.
First off, this book is great. There are several things I loved about it. The book is an easy read feels both informative and entertaining. The personal stories of the people it follows throughout the book are revealing, and in terms of their experiences, quite varied. Furthermore, their personal stories thankfully begin before the war so you have a much clearer understanding of their backgrounds and end long after the war finished showing you where their life led them. I would say this is the real strength of this book. The book does cover more than the cover would suggest, filling the reader in on the Burma campaign as a whole, and provides a view from the ground as well as the sky. To be honest I was hoping for a little more information on the daily lives of the ground crew, engineers, pilots, and loaders and so on, but there IS detail here. Reading about the hump mission over the Himalayas, the contents of the drops, the terrible weather was all informative and interesting. The author.. Read more