By James D. Hornfischer
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
"Son, we’re going to Hell."
The navigator of the USS Houston confided those prophetic phrases to a tender officer as he and his captain charted a path into U.S. naval legend. well known as FDR’s favourite warship, the cruiser USS Houston used to be a prize aim trapped within the a long way Pacific after Pearl Harbor. with no wish of reinforcement, her staff confronted a great eastern strength ruthlessly dedicated to overall conquest. It wasn’t a good struggle, however the males of the Houston could salary it to the death.
Hornfischer brings to lifestyles the notable terror of evening naval battles that grew to become decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the lethal rain of fireside from eastern bombers, and the virtually superhuman attempt of the group as they miraculously escaped catastrophe back and again–until their success ran out in the course of a bold motion in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston was once eventually sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For greater than 3 years their destiny will be a secret to households ready at home.
within the brutal privation of jungle POW camps dubiously immortalized in such motion pictures as The Bridge at the River Kwai, the struggle persevered for the boys of the Houston—a life-and-death fight to outlive compelled hard work, hunger, disorder, and mental torture. here's the gritty, unvarnished tale of the notorious Burma–Thailand dying Railway glamorized via Hollywood, yet which in truth mercilessly decreased males to little greater than animals, who fought again opposed to their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, will–power—and the timeless religion that their state may prevail.
utilizing journals and letters, infrequent old files, together with testimony from postwar jap warfare crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness money owed of Houston’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it’s effortless to overlook that each be aware is right.