Through all the gut wrenching details, the larger political and psychological issues are addressed: What does it mean to be a prisoner, especially for men whose cultures glorify heroism? How were these men received for upon return to their homeland? And how have they coped with the long-term effects of incarceration? Revealed for the first time, these are the stories of men whose singular courage testified both their own fortitude and to the human will to survive.
"Drawing on interviews with more than 150 U.S. and German soldiers who were interned, Carlson offers a judiciously organized survey that lets a host of ex-prisoners of war speak for themselves."
"these stories...allow the men to recover a dignity and importance that their experience undermined...Collectively they compare a searing picture of mankind& 39;s capacity for inhumanity, but also for courage and the will to survive."
--The Washington Post
"Carlson has done a service to history and to the reader with his compilation of these wrenching accounts."
"...the voices in these pages echo with authenticity."
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- ISBN-13: 9780465091232
- ISBN-10: 0465091237
- Publisher: Basic Books
- Publish Date: July 1998
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 9.21 x 6.14 x 0.82 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.96 pounds
Series: Oral History of World War II American and German Prisoners o