TEARS IN THE DARKNESS: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its AftermathEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
Assiduous account of the Japanese conquest of the Philippines in World War II and the fate of the American garrison there.The "death march" after Bataan fell in April 1942 has been a byword for the worst warfare can bring to a soldier. Some 76,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered, and their Japanese enemies despised them for doing so. The surrender was, write the Normans (New York Univ ... Read full review
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Very, very sad; I certainly didn't need to read it. At least "The Good Soldiers" told me something about what's going on in my world today, but both reinforce a message I no longer need to hear: war sucks, there aren't really any heroes, and the cost of creating those heroes for the people back home to celebrate is much, much too high. For America, armed conflict is a method of avoiding the truly tough national questions. Our reflexively pro-military mind-set prevents us from really thinking about our goals and objectives; it is, strange as it may seem in light of the intractable "War on Terror", an attempt to provide a quick and essentially meaningless illustration of American potency in action, divorced as it is from a clear discussion of its actual relevance to our national needs and aims. Maybe I should stick to broader histories of the Civil War and WWII - you know, the good wars, the ones with a clear purpose.