World War II > WWII: POWs

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    Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle

1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become a symbol of service and survival to one prisoner, Colonel Nicholson, a proud perfectionist.

Year: 1952
Genre: WWII: Pacific TheaterWWII: POWs

    King Rat by James Clavell

Powerful and engrossing, King Rat artfully weaves the author's own World War II prison camp experiences into a compelling narrative of survival amidst the grim realities of war and what men can do when pushed to the edge. A taut masterwork of World War II historical fiction by bestselling author James Clavell.

Year: 1962
Genre: WWII: Pacific TheaterWWII: POWs

    Bataan Death March by James Bollich

From a brave American veteran comes an eyewitness account of a gruesome chapter in World War II history. Captured when America surrendered the Philippines 1/2 Bataan Peninsula, James Bollich experienced first-hand the march that cost more than 8,000 American and Filipino lives. Now, he shares the unforgettable experience of his three and a half years of Japanese imprisonment.

Year: 2003
Genre: WWII: POWs

    The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw

The epic story of the vastly outnumbered platoon that stopped Germany's leading assault in the Ardennes forest and prevented Hitler's most fearsome tanks from overtaking American positions

Year: 2004
Genre: Battle of the BulgeWWII: POWs

    Ship of Ghosts by James D. Hornfischer

Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers, and the almost superhuman effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster again and again-until their luck ran out during a daring action in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston was finally sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For more than three years their fate would be a mystery to families waiting at home.

Year: 2006
Genre: WWII: Pacific TheaterWWII: POWs

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

Year: 2010
Genre: BiographyWWII: American HeroesWWII: POWs

    1368 Days by Peter B. Marshall

"There are not many of us WWII POWs left now. I'm 96 years old and have outlived all of us captured by the Japanese on Guam the day after Pearl Harbor....All of us in Zentsuji and Osaka POW camps went through those 1368 days together. Not all of us made it home."

Year: 2017
Genre: WWII: POWs




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1952Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: POWs
1962King Rat by James Clavell WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: POWs, Asian Saga
2003Bataan Death March by James Bollich WWII: POWs, Non-Fiction
A Soldier's Story
2004The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw WWII: POWs, Non-Fiction
The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon
2006Ship of Ghosts by James D. Hornfischer WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: POWs, Non-Fiction
The Story of the USS Houston FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser
2010Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Biography, WWII: American Heroes, WWII: POWs, Non-Fiction
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
20171368 Days by Peter B. Marshall WWII: POWs, Non-Fiction
An American POW in WWII Japan





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