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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

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Surviving the Sword

Brian MacArthur's Surviving the Sword

I met Brian MacArthur, an editor with The Times of London, in February, 2002, when we both went to Singapore to attend the academic conference that marked the 60th anniversary of the fall of the city to the Japanese. We were both there to work on books on Far East Prisoners of War.
Brian was working on an overview on the experience of the prisoners, British, Australian, American and Dutch, through memoirs, diaries and interviews.
I was interested in telling the story of one group, F Force, and the trial of the Japanese and Korean guards in those camps.

Surviving the Sword tells the story of what happened in those Japanese prison camps through memory, whether those memories are recorded in an interview, a diary or a book. And MacArthur's book is valuable compiliation of those memories.
With both my family interest and my research, I have, of course, ordered a copy, to add to the shelves of Far East Prisoner of War books, most I inherited from my father, and others I purchased as part of my research.
Brian MacArthur, was a colleague, not a rival, and was always helpful when I had a research question. And I helped him where I could.

In Canada, order Surviving the Sword from

UK edition, available March 29, 2005.

Surviving The Sword: Prisoners Of The Japanese 1942-45

U.S. Edition, available in June

Surviving The Sword: Prisoners Of The Japanese 1942-45

In the United States, order either the UK edition of Surviving the Sword (March 29) or US edition (June 2005) from
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I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)

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