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PURPOSE: The following books are recommended as they are based upon valid research, sufficient facts, and dialogue to give an understanding of the POW experience. In addition, we list those books that specifically give an overview of an area, combat zone, or issue of dispute. Each is a significant contribution to understanding the POW and Internee experience and each has been read and verified for accuracy.
In addition, we recommend other books on individual camp web pages. These are books that faithfully describe the camp in question or the men directly affected by actions within those camps.
If you wish to purchase a book, we strongly urge that you support your nearby booksellers or direct from the publisher. Books may often be previewable at Amazon and Google Books.
Special: Books we consider a total waste of money
Writing your own memoirs? Do it right and hire a great editor. Dawn Marano is reasonable in cost and the best in the game.

Looking for POW-related books in Japanese? Visit the POW Research Network Japan book page.

Books relating to Guam POWS

Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Assocation - books on Allied POWs

References Containing Information about Prisoners of War of the Japanese in World War II - ADBC site

Books in Japanese - POW Research Network Japan (English website)

Books about Internment Camps In Asia During WWII - Books about civilian internees and camps

Recommended Reading - Linda Dahl's website

Hall's Manila Bibliography (DOC file) - great collection of over 500 titles (courtesy of Roderick Hall, one of the authors of Manila Memories; see also the Philippine Scouts website for this and other book updates)

From Fukuoka Camp #1 website:


NEW BOOKS


Hog Wild-1945: The True Story of How the Soviets Stole and Reverse-Engineered the American B-29 Bomber
by Dwight R. Rider

Rider, a fellow researcher at Mansell.com, puts to rest many a myth, mystery and conspiracy tale in his extensive study into the last B-29 casualty of WWII, the Hog Wild, and the legend surrounding that POW relief supply flight. This well-documented book is a definite read (or rather, intense study) for anyone interested in a basic background history on B-29 strategic bombing, POWs of the Japanese and their camps in Korea, details about what was really going on with Japan's A-bomb research, and the Russian plot to get their hands on a B-29 in order to build their own.
Also by the same author, a very enlightening supplement to the above story -- Tsetusuo Wakabayashi Revealed -- giving background history on the rumors regarding Japan's atomic bomb test in August 1945.

Deadline: Captain Charlie's Bataan Diary by Charles Underwood (2013)




CUB: Harrowing Stories of Army Life in China, Bataan and Korea by Mike Gaffney (2014)








Sparrow - A Chronicle of Defiance: An epic account of The Sparrows - Battle of Britain gunners who defended Timor in 1942 as part of Sparrow Force by Grant McLeod McLachlan (2012) - Impressive and well-researched work






Bataan: In Pursuit of Truth - The True Story of Bataan, Plus: The Battle of Manila by Tillman J. Rutledge (2014)

My Japanese Pow Diary Story by Tillman J. Rutledge (1997)





The Emperor's Guest by John Fletcher-Cooke (2013) - New edition of a 1971 book, very well written, reading like a historical novel but no fiction at all here. The author, who was a British officer in the RAF and captured in Java, gets right into his story of being a POW -- first at Boei Glodok, Batavia, West Java, then at Innoshima (Hiroshima #5), Zentsuji (Hiroshima #1), and Miyata (Fukuoka #9), Japan, where he was liberated. Great detail. He was a Member of Parliament for two years from 1964. In 1969, he went back to Japan for a visit to Zentsuji, the camp then a high school.


The Jungle Journal: Prisoners of the Japanese in Java 1942-1945 by Frank and Ronald Williams (2013) - Story of a young Royal Artillery officer, Lieutenant Ronald Williams, who was held as a prisoner of war in the Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies from 1942–45, a true account of the alternate horror and banality of daily life, and the humor that helped the men survive the beatings, deprivation, and death of comrades. Told through the diary and papers of Williams and others, The Jungle Journal includes many cartoons and poems produced by the prisoners, as well as extracts from the original Jungle Journal (a newspaper created by the men under the noses of their guards), describing the survival of hope even in desperate straits, a testament to those men whose courage and fortitude were tested to the limit under the tropical sun.

Scattered Under The Rising Sun: The Gordon Highlanders in the Far East 1941-1945 by Stewart Mitchell (2013) - Detailed work on the history and movements of a whole unit, the Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion, with many individual stories by the men themselves. In the Appendix is a list of every Gordon Highlander who was in the 2nd Battalion and in Singapore in 1941, over 1000 men, 700 of which include their photographs. Mitchell is a volunteer researcher at the Gordon Highlanders Museum. See additional news article, "New book records experiences of Gordon Highlander POWs."

Ed & Ivet: The True Story of a World War II POW Romance by William Bacon (2010) - "War, like hurricanes, can also leave new beginnings in its wake," writes William Bacon, weaving a fascinating story of beauty from ashes. His father, Ed, was a civilian worker with the CPNAB on Guam, captured by the Japanese at the outbreak of WWII, and sent to several camps in Kobe. It was while imprisoned there that he met Ivet, the daughter of Turkish civilians, who would often pass by the camp, from which sparked a lasting romance. A very well-written and movie-worthy read.


Building for War - The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in WWII by Bonita Gilbert (2012) - A thorough background history of Wake Island and the 1,145 civilian contractors who assisted the Marines in defending Wake Island at the very outset of the Pacific War, and what happened to those amazing men as captives of the Japanese. Remember Pearl Harbor, Remember Gallant Wake!



A Child in the Midst of Battle by Evelyn Berg Empie and Stephen H. Mette - An amazing story of how non-interned civilians survived WWII in Manila, as told by a young girl who was there with her family. Here is a book that should be in every school library.

The Barbed-Wire University: The Real Lives of Prisoners of War in the Second World War by Midge Gillies - Stories based on the experiences of POWs, what they really did and learned in camps, and how they survived the brutalities and horrors, in both Europe and the Far East.

In Good Hands: The life of Dr Sam Stening, POW by Dr. Ian Pfennigwerth - "The remarkable story of Sam Stening – Royal Australian Navy doctor – who, as a prisoner of the Japanese, saved the lives of countless Allied servicemen... working with other American medical personnel striving to cut the POW death toll in three camps in Kyushu, including the dangerous shipyard on Kouyagi Island in Nagasaki."

Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy by Ronny Herman de Jong - Fascinating story based on the diary of the author's mother, Jeannette Herman-Louwerse, and the author's autobiography telling about her life as a child in the Dutch East Indies prior to WWII, during the war while at a prisoner camp with her family, and her struggles and joys afterwards.



Survivor: An American soldier's heartfelt story of intense fighting, surrender, and survival from Bataan to Nagasaki by Francisco L. Lovato - Biography of Master Sgt. Frank Lovato, captured on Bataan and spent time at O'Donnell, Omuta #17 and Fukuoka #1.

A Brother's Hero by Edward Malikowski - Very informative self-published work on the author's brother, Francis W. Malikowski, who was with the 20th Air Base Squadron at Nichols Field in the Philippines, captured on Bataan, and imprisoned in several camps to end up at Hiroshima camp #4 (Mukaishima). Copies are available for purchase from the author at 1342 Glen Echo Rd., West Chester, PA 19380.



Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand - A MUST READ! Amazing story of Louis Zamperini, former Olympic runner, who was captured by the Japanese after his B-24 crashed in the Pacific and endured 2 years of abuse as his captors tried to break his will and use him for propaganda purposes.




“I’m Praying Hard for You,” Love Letters to a Death Camp: The World War II Ordeal of Bill and Jo Brenner by Linda McCaffery - Story of William Brenner, an Army doctor taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines and eventually shipped to mainland Japan, to spend time at Fukuoka camps #6-D (Tanoura) and #25-B (Omuta).Very interesting history of related WWII events.

We Volunteered by Timothy C. Ruse - A biography of Carl Ruse, survivor of the Bataan Death March, and POW at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, Davao Penal Colony, and Nagoya #5 Yokkaichi.

Ghosts of Canopus: The War Diary of a Lucky Old Lady by Everett Perry - Details the history WWII’s USS Canopus (AS 9) and her crew as prisoners of war of the Japanese. 250 photographs and maps illustrate the journey of this ship and her crew as POWs of Japan. Each step in this heroic ship to prisoner of war story is fully covered including a roster of the 548 shipmates captured and held as POWs of Japan.

Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War by John D. Lukacs - Called by the War Department "the greatest story of the war in the Pacific" in 1944, twelve special men, survivors of the Bataan Death March, Corregidor veterans and two Filipino convicts, broke out of the reportedly escape-proof Davao Penal Colony on Mindanao in April 1943 -- the only large-scale escape from a Japanese prison camp in the Pacific Theater during World War II.


Keep the Men Alive: Australian POW doctors in Japanese captivity by Rosalind Hearder - Story of 106 Australian medical officers who did an amazing job of keeping POWs alive. Good selection of photos, some showing the ingenious devices created to help patients.

A Gordon Highlander if ever I saw one by William Ross Young and John Duff - True account of a young Gordon Highlander's experiences as a Japanese POW in Singapore, the Burma Siam Railway and Mainland Japan.

Tjideng Reunion by Boudewyn van Oort - Memoir of Java. In particular, story of South African Volunteers [Not read or reviewed]- See Essay by author

Tears in The Darkness by Michael & Elizabethy M. Norman. Not particularly highly rated by ex POWs. All too many errors.

"George McNab" by Brian Coutts. British POW rescued at Fukuoka #25. [Not read or reviewed]

"My Father's Captivity" by Al Young. This book is destined to become the classic POW story. If you want one of the five best books ever written about the POWS, this has to top your list. Beautifully written emotional, factual and the author clearly places you into the mind of a prisoner. If you want to buy just one book to understand the story of the POWs, buy this one book. [August 2009]



Jim's Journey - A Wake Island Civilian POW's Story by Leilani A. Mahnino; Hellgate Press (2001) Central Point, OR. A detailed and well illustrated story of the civilian cintractors captured on Wake Island, Almost half of these men perished in captivity and close to 200 endured the horrors of the Sasebo POW Camp. This is the single best book about the civilians captured on Wake Island... in fact, highly recommended even for the story of the Marine who almost stopped the Japanese invasion.
 
 

Beyond The Call by D.Burke Penny. The full and detailed story of the 33 Canadian Corps of Signals captured in Hong Kong. Detailed story but with a unique perspective on how the families at home endured during the war. Published by the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Assoc.
[August 2009]

 


..when men must live by Kenneth B. and James T. Murphy, I West Publications, 6789 Quail Hill Parkway #715, Irvine CA 92603, published 2009. Memoir of Army Air Corps Tech Sgt James T. Murphy captured on Bataan and eventually rescued at Sendai #6, Hanawa. Extensive description of initial attacks on Nichols Field, Bataan battles and experiences in various POW camps. Exceptionally good detail of the hell ship, Noto Maru. The values instilled in him as a youth allowed him to survive [June 2009].

Ambushed Under the Southern Cross: The Making of an American Merchant Marine Officer and His Ensuing Saga of Courage and Survival
This is a fabluously detailed story of Merchant Marine Capt (Ret). George Duffy, captured when his ship, American Leader, was sunk by a German commerce raider. He was transferred to Japanese control and spent time in Java, Singapore and Sumatra. One of the rare books that tells of the experiences on the "Sumatra" Death Railway. Beatuifully written story of his youth, his years of education to become a merchant Marine officer and the years of experience before the war. This book is an absolute "must have" for historians of the Merchant Marine in the early war years.


Books by Linda Goetz Holmes

4000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home
Unjust Enrichment: How Japan's Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American Pows
Guests of the Emperor: The Secret History of Japan's Mukden POW Camp
"Linda Goetz Holmes has done it again. As with her seminal work, Unjust Enrichment, that exposed the depth of Japanese industrialists and manufacturing companies' involvement in the pursuit of war profits, she now reveals the truth behind the rumors and horrors of the Mukden prisoner of war camp.
"Like an onion, Holmes peels away the layers of secret horrors, one layer at a time. At last, we see the proof of Japanese medical experiments by the notorious Unit 731 on American prisoners at Mukden, the largest fixed POW camp in the Empire. She carefully documents the use of germ warfare experiments upon the men and the endless brutality and torture of the prisoners by Japanese guards and Japanese nationals. The full story of the four men who sought to escape is told in detail and Holmes traces not just their escape but their capture and the abuse of the remaining POWS in revenge for the 'loss of face' by the guards.
"Holmes spares no one in telling the truth about the Mukden camp, including the utter incompetence of most American officers, especially the ranking officer, Major Stanley H. Hankins. Few ever cared about the suffering of their subordinates and were willing to steal their food and medicine for their personal use. It is not a story of honor, but truth is rarely pretty.
"A magnificent work of research and narrative that is destined to be the definitive work about the Mukden POW camp." -- Roger Mansell, director, Center For Research Allied POWS Under the Japanese

Operation Plum
The Ill-fated 27th Bombardment Group and the fight for the Western Pacific
By Adrian R Martin and Larry W. Stephenson [Review]

The Burma Railroad - The Drawings of Jack Chalker: The sample pages give you an idea of the depth of anguish suffered by the men who slaved for Japan on the infamous railroad. While not reviewed, we have seen numerous example of Jack Chalker's drawings and believe this should be part of any serious POW book collection. (Cover Image)

Deadly December, The Battle of Hong Kong by Ronald C. Parker. A thorough review of the battle for Hong Kong from a Canadian perspective. Parker's father, Major Maurice A. Parker, was Commanding office of D Coy, Royal Rifles of Canada. The Canadian forces in Hong Kong were the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. (Not reviewed)

Remembered: The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Julie Summers. Thorough review by British historian Jonathan Moffatt.

If I Get Out Alive, World War II Letters and Diaries of William H. McDougall Jr., by William H. McDougall, Jr, edited by Gary Topping (ISBN 978-0-87480-891-9). University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2007; 336 pp., 6 x 9, 20 black & white photos.

'C' Force Decorations, Medals, Awards and Honours by Vincent Lopata
The book documents the decorations, medals, awards and honours including citations given to soldiers of the Canadian Army that fought at the Battle of Hong Kong, December 1941. Following the battle they became Prisoners of War of the Japanese from January 1942 until August 1945.

The Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies, 1942-1949. [Author Link] edited by Jan A. Krancher. Survivors' Accounts of Japanese Invasion and Enslavement of Europeans and the Revolution That Created Free Indonesia by Jan A. Krancher. Published by McFarland. 24 of 60+ interviews selected to present a picture of their internment and story of their efforts to survive, during and after the war. Krancher has done an excellent job, not just describing the horrors of Japanese internment but has researched in depth the long ignored period called "The Bersiap", the time when the Indonesian fought a war of terror against the Dutch. Here again, the terrorist of the Islamic world attacked and slaughtered innocent men, women and children to drive the Dutch from their midst. The parallels to day cannot be ignored. It is not history that repeats itself but human nature. Well done. Credit card orders: Call McFarland's toll free - 800-253-2187 or order through publisher's web site.

Angel of the East Indies: Biography of the Van Dooremolen Family by Dino Fanara. Angel of the East Indies is a revelation of events during World War II that have missed the world's conscience-until now. Angel of the East Indies is an epic story of faith, romance and a Dutch families struggle to survive their P.O.W. internment during World War II. It is the story of Hendrika and Adolf Van Dooremolen. Comment by Center: Well done. She was interned in Java while he endured the Death Railway and eventual rescue at Fukuoka #21 Nakama POW Camp.

The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru- Britain's Forgotten Wartime Tragedy [Publisher Link] by Tony Banham. Noted author and historian, Banham has again proven his literary talents. The horrors of the hell ship are seen through the eyes of the survivors. The Japanese hostility towards Europeans motivates their action to murder the prisoners- locking down the hatches and denying them a chance for rescue. A magnificent study of human nature at its best and worse.

Captives of the Empire- [Publisher Link] The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China 1941-1945. Every so often, a book is produced that simply "wraps up" the whole story. Japan interned and mistreated thousands of Allied civilians in the conquered areas of China. With years of research, editing and careful documentation, Dr. Greg P. Leck has produced the finest book ever written about civilian internees in China. Extensively illustrated, Leck has woven a masterpiece of history. Stories of joy, sadness, murder and horror from numerous former inmates creates a silken tapestry of the times. One senses the ordeals and thrumphs in exquisite detail. Includes a complete nominal roll of all internees. If you want one book about the China internee experience, this is an absolute "must have". Expensive but truly worth every penny.

1220 Days- [publisher link] The story of US Marine Edmond Babler and his experiences in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps during World War II. self published, Authorhouse, Bloomington IN, 2004. Fairly good narrative of Babler's experiences from capture on Carregidor to labor details at Palawam, McKinley Field, Nielsen Field, Zeblon Field, voyage on the Noto Maru and slave labor at Fukuoka Branch #5 Omine. Major error in description (not witnessed) of the massacre on Palawan. [www.robertcdaniels.com]

The Colonel of Tamarkan - [Author's Link] Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai by Julie Summers. Simon & Shuster; See review by noted historian, Jonathan Moffatt.

Angel On My Shoulder by Monument, Geoffrey - British soldier captured in Mayaya details his experiences including camps in Taiwan, Tokyo and Sendai #2 (Furukawa - Iwaki Coal Mine)- A simple book and a good read. [contact author] -

I AM ALIVE by Jackson, Charles R. (Edited by B.H. Norton) - Marine captured on Corregidor and rescued at Kamioka.

Triumphs And Tragedies- Corregidor and its aftermath by  Baker, Arthur B. (As told to J. Carlile Baker) - Surprisingly well told story of POW taken to AOMI Mine on northern Honshu. Well written story with great detail regarding the Aomi Camp --which is rarely discussed.

Books Reviewed and highly recommended:

Captives of the Empire
- [Publisher Link] The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China 1941-1945. Every so often, a book is produced that simply "wraps up" the whole story. Japan interned and mistreated thousands of Allied civilians in the conquered areas of China. With years of research, editing and careful documentation, Dr. Greg P. Leck has produced the finest book ever written about civilian internees in China. Extensively illustrated, Leck has woven a masterpiece of history. Stories of joy, sadness, murder and horror from numerous former inmates creates a silken tapestry of the times. One senses the ordeals and thrumphs in exquisite detail. Includes a complete nominal roll of all internees. If you want one book about the China internee experience, this is an absolute "must have". Expensive but truly worth every penny.

Conduct Under Fire - Four American Doctors and their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945. Awarded the 2007 Colby Medal for historical writing.
John Glusman, son of a Navy doctor captured on Corregidor, recounts the devotion and friendships of his father's ordeal and those of his three fellow Navy physicians.

From 6-S-7 Jack Leaming's amazing memoir- shot down on the Marcus Island Raid in early March 1942. Sent to Ofuna, Zentsuji and finally rescued at Toyama

Girochio, A GI's story of Bataan and Beyond [Publisher link] One of the very best POW books ever written. A Must have for any student of the POW experience; definitely one of the five best. The story of John Poncios' experiences from Bataan to Hirohata. [Our FULL Review] Extremely well written Amazon Link

Proof Through the Night: A B-29 Pilot Captive in Japan
(As told by Ernest Pickett) - Story of B-29 airman shot down on first air raid over Japan when Yawata was bombed by B-29s out of China [Our Review]

Long Night’s Journey into Day: Prisoners of War in Hong Kong and Japan, 1941-1945 by Charles Roland (2001) - Excellent recap of the defense of Hong Kong and the experiences of the POWS, a great deal centered upon their health. Outstanding discussion of the various Jap hospitals, Sendai #2 and Nagasaki camps. Massacres in Hong Kong well described along with civilian experiences. Excellent descriptions but even better discussions relating the Japanese treatment of POWs and their concepts of Bushido vis a vis prisoners. Best possible book to understand the fanatic devotion to Japan and the Emperor. Scary parallels to today's Moslem terrorists.



Wartime Trilogy - [Publisher's Link] A combined set of three outstanding books. Ray Parkin's "Out of the Smoke", "Into the Smother", and, "The Sword and the Blossom". Recounts his experiences on the HMS Perth (sunk), the Death Railway and eventual slavery in the Ohama Mines (Hiroshima #9).
Each book, alone, is a literary masterpiece of Australian military POW experiences but together, a legacy that will last for centuries. If you had but one book to keep about the POW's ordeal, this is the single best. See FULL REVIEW


Notify Alec Rattray - [Publisher's Link] A young Scottish officer, Captain Atholl Duncan, maintained a detailed diary and, along with letters and notes written before and during the war, author Meg Parkes recreates a stunning portrayal of his life before and after the surrender on Java. If read only for the experiences, maps and illustrations while captive on Java, the book is worth every cent. Interspersed with copies of actual letters, diary entries, photographs and maps, Parkes paints a lavish portrait that reflects the experiences of hundreds. First of two books leads the reader from Java, via hell ships to Hokkaido and thence to Zentsuji. The good news? The sequel, '...A.A. Duncan is OK', which covers the years 1944-1946 is now available. Plan to purchase the set.

Not The Slightest Chance - [author & publisher's link] [Cover] The Defense of Hong Kong, 1941 by Tony Banham. An absolute must have reference book for anyone who want to know what happened in the battle for Hong Kong. Banham accounts for almost every econd of battle and every man who fought. Like the "Unsung Heroes of the RAF", Banham's book is the single best summation of this almost forgotten battle. A linked web site give the disposition of every single soldier and almost every civilian iincluding the internee camps. If ever an author deserves an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II, Banham merits two. Highly priced but still worthwhile.

 Forgotten War Forgiven Guilt - [publisher's link] [Cover Picture] The story of MacArthur's often overlooked 13th Air Force. In fact, we know of no other book on the subject. Author David Witts flew over 50 missions to rescue downed fliers, secret runs deep into enemy territory, and searches for enemy ships. The facts are indisputable as he retained the rescue squadron's entire action logs for the campaign. Witts's plane was the PBY that flew behind the Japanese lines to rescue the Palawan survivors who made it to the coast of China. His "second hand" account of the massacre paints a vivid picture. An unusual page turner even though not specific to individual POW experiences. A brilliant contribution to history.
Exerpt from another review:
      "This book is wonderful beyond description !!! It captivates so much that deserves to be said and circulated .... is so well written that I am spellbound by it's magical coverage. While reading and trying to memorize - I couldn't help but imagine my being able to get your permission (attributing your book as the source of some classic excerpts) to use them in future speeches to a variety of audiences!"


 Unsung Heroes of the RAF - [Detailed Review by Center for Research] Prisoners of the Far East. An absolute must have reference book for anyone seeking information on the RAF POWS. Gives name, rank, etc. plus what happened to almost every man or group of men as they were transported for slavery. The authors have contributed the definitive accounting that will forever serve history. They have done what the British government failed to do, account for their men in the Far East.
[A second review-from FEPOW- worth reading]


The Secret Camera: A Marine's Story: Four Years as a POW by Terence S. Kirk is back in print. One of the two best books ever written about the China Marines and slave labor in Tobata (camp site). Contains the only pictures ever taken inside a Japanese POW camp by a POW during the war. Photos reveal the deliberate starvation of the men.
 MAGIC: The Untold Story of U.S. Intelligence and the Evacuation of Japanese Residents from the West Coast during World War II
By: David D. Lowman, Former Special Asst to the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA).
Athena Press,2001  [Publisher's Link]
The real story of why the Americans of Japanese ancestry were interned during World War II. Analysis of intercepted messages reveals the link between Japan and their "citizens" in America, both in intelligence and finacial support. Draw your own conclusions but the facts speak loudly.
 Copyright: Hoover Institution
"David D. Lowman draws upon declassified Army, Navy, and FBI reports to reveal the real reasons for the evacuation of Japanese-Americans, demonstrating that their relocation into camps was not the result of mere racism, war hysteria, or a lack of political will, but the result of superior military intelligence gathering. Magic is a unique and invaluable addition to the growing library of World War II materials for scholars and military buffs alike."
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

Death on the Hellships
Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War [FULL REVIEW]
By Gregory F. Michno
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2001
ISBN: 1-55750-482-2
Publisher Link 
This is the absolute best book ever written about the Hell Ships. Michno provides a scholarly work plus the most complete roster of ships ever compiled. see short list of major losses, sailing dates, destinations, numbers of prisoners and number of deaths.
Trapped With The Enemy
Four years as a civilian POW in Japan FULL REVIEW
By James O. Thomas, Assistant Station Manager, Pan American Airways, Guam, December 1941.
ISBN: 1401044131
Thomas traces the difficult and fearful lives of the civilians taken to Japan after Guam was seized, December 10, 1941.
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Moon Over Malaya
By Jonathan Moffatt & Audrey Holmes McCormick
Tempus Publishing, Charleston SC, 2002
ISBN 07524 2114X
Extraordinarily detailed story of the British Argylls and Marines in the Malayan campaign. Outnumbered and outgunned, they fought a unique series of actions culminating in surrender at Singapore. Experiences of work on the "Death Railway" and of numerous fellow prisoners captured from merchant ships. Detailed and extensive rosters. Publisher Link    CLICK on cover for AMAZON.COM
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"Moon over Malaya is the true story of two of the most famous regiments in Britain, the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and their compatriots, the Royal Marines, who fought side by side against the Japanese invaders. The two regiments made their last stand in February 1942 in Singapore."
errata and additions
Captured Honor
POW Survival in the Philippines and Japan
By Bob Wodnik
Washington State Univ Press, Pullman, 2003
ISBN:0-87422-260-5
Publisher Link
Interesting stories of eight men captured on Bataan and Corregidor, including pre-war experiences and slavery in Japan. The author, a journalist, leaves out critical descriptions of the actual POW camps. Stories jump back and forth erratically from the home front to the war.
  Hell Wouldn't Stop
[Full Review] An Oral History of the Battle for Wake Island. Many interviews are interwoven to give an interesting narrative of the battle.
 Forced Labor
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Full Review] Excellent narratives of the experiences of 13 residents and soldiers taken captive in the Netherlands East Indies. Over 100 rarely seen pictures. Pictures alone are worth the price of the book.