Lists of Books and Film Documentaries
Pertaining to WWII In the
A Lovely Little War
Angus Lorenzen – History Publishing Co.
child, Angus Lorenzen with his mother and sister,
Lucy, escapes from
Only A Matter of Days
Caroline Bailey Pratt – Merriam Press
and publishing her father’s diary of the inner laws and regulations of the war years of the civilian prisoners in
Santo Tomas prison camp in
Happy Life Blues
For the Mattock’s family, marauders in the hills of Mindanao, cobra nests under mattresses, slicing wounds from cogon grass, tossed on high seas in open bancas and perils of raining bullets strafing them on land, remain the daily encounters and legacies of a path well trampled on by the vicissitudes of war. From Happy Life Blues Japanese Prison Camp to eventually Santo Tomas camp in 1944, Cecily reminds us that the miracle of the human body and the human mind is the durable, fragile, and expendable miracle that we believe in, which under great adversity of war and imprisonment can survive.
Juergen Goldhagen – Old Guard Press –
boy hood friends remember their lives before, during and after the Japanese
Encounters – A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers
Nancy Keeney Forster- Presidio Press
A carefree child of expatriate parents at age ten, a prisoner of the Japanese at seventeen, a valued source of intelligence to the U.S. military at nineteen, and a fervent advocate of public diplomacy throughout his long career as a Foreign Service officer, Cliff Forster spent his life crossing and re-crossing frontiers, determined to use dialogue, not conflict, to solve differences between people and nations. This skillfully written memoir of two extraordinary lives, is written by his widow, Nancy, of a life well spent by serving others on the international scene.
Oliver (Red) Allen with Mildred Allen– Crimson Horse
book describes several specific means of “hell” inflicted upon these prisoners
of war who were known as the
We Band of Angels
Elizabeth Norman – Atria
amazing story of the
Trent Smith – John Wiley & Sons Publishing –
The submarine rescue of 40 Americans trapped in the Philippines on the island of Negros – the capture of Japan’s Z Plan(the decisive battle strategy for destroying the U.S. Pacific Fleet), and the climactic battle of the Philippine Sea , is the core of a fantastic adventure of this real life drama. Smith’s brilliant and meticulous research, and an eye for detail, makes this true WWII story an engaging and dynamic tale to sink your teeth into.
God’s Arms Around Us
William Moule – Blue Dolphi
December 8, 1941. William R. Moule, American miner working in the Philippines, his wife, who was expecting a baby, and their two young children found themselves trapped by the invading Japanese Rather than go into a concentration camp with other civilians – and believing the war to soon be over – the Moules took to the mountains. This book tells the story of what happens after that. This is a book to challenge your mind and prompt you to think, “What would I have done?”
Connaughton, Pimlott & Anderson – Presidio Press
educators and military historians of the famed
Angels at Dawn
Los Banos Raid – Lt. Gen. E.M. Flanagan,
This is a story of intricate and resourceful staff planning; well trained, disciplined, battle tested troops; extraordinary heroism by brave young prisoners; heroics by fractious guerrilla bands; and appropriate and reasoned decision making by tactically sound commanders on the ground. Paratroopers of the 11th Airborne, a recon platoon and hard hitting guerrillas hit the Los Banos civilian prison camp in unison. Rescuing all the 2,122 prisoners and moving them behind enemy lines was a disciplined operation resulting in a satisfying mission to beat all rescues – not without the bitter sweet operations ending in a devastating reprisal.
That We May Live
Nash – SHANO Publications –
Grace Nash, the First Violinist of the Manila Symphony and a young American mother,
life was anything but routine during the war in a Japanese prison camp in the
The story of her pregnancy on a small island with other pregnant women, old soldiers and ex-prostitutes is a horror story that should never have happened. Her family who was forced apart were finally reunited and sent to Los Banos prison in the country till their sweet liberation by the 11th Airborne. Their subsequent return to the states and freedoms’ aftershocks of civilization tells an all encompassing story of WWII.
Iris Chang – Basic Books – www.harpercollins.com
is the story of the Forgotten Holocaust of WWII. Amazingly, the story of this
atrocity-one of the worst in world history-continues to be denied by the
Japanese government. This book attempts to analyze the degree to which the
Japanese government and it’s militaristic culture fostered in the Japanese
soldier a total disregard for human life. The death toll at Nanking exceeded
the immediate deaths from the atomic blasts at
How Sweet the Mango, No? – The Journey of a Hispanic Amerasian
Mathias Mendezona - www.booksurge.com
next Presidential election and it’s aftermath, will give you pause to re-acquaint yourself with Philippine history.
The Rescue of Santo Tomas –The Flying Column-100 Miles to Freedom
Robert B. Holland – Turner Publishing Company
story is a significant part of WWII history told by one Marine who was part of
the miraculous “Flying Column” of the
Bob Holland was a unique friend for many years to the prisoners he helped liberate.
Recipe from an Oyster – A Memoir
Doreen Gandy Wiley – Published by Media Weavers LLC
vignettes of travel, living abroad and spending WWII in the
TERRY-The Inspiring Story of a Little Girl’s Survival as a POW During WWII. OutskirtsPress.com
A Culinary Journey – Recipes and Reminiscences of an American Diplomat’s Wife - - by Nancy Keeney Forster – In Nancy Forster’s award-winning memoir, Encounters: A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers, she relates her life as a diplomat’s wife of Cliff Forster, a Foreign Service Officer, who’s first days on the job overseas was in Manila. No stranger to the Philippines, Cliff spent several years as a prisoner of the Japanese in WWII.
War Diary of Grace E. Sehorn - compiled and edited by her family.
From her birthplace in a small Sacramento Valley town of Nicholas on September 19, 1890, to her graduation from Stanford University in 1914, Grace’s adventure in life was just beginning. Marrying Blair Sehorn, their lives propelled them to the mountain province of Baguio where her husband was employed by the Benguet Consolidated Mining Company in the Philippines.
From the onset of WWII to their over 3 year incarceration in a civilian prison camp, Grace’s Diary reveals the abuse of the Japanese Imperial Army, the malnutrition suffered by her family, and the spirit they had to muster for survival and welfare. Her story will tug at ones emotions.
When teenager, Rosemary Stagner and her family of six were caught at the hands of the Japanese at the beginning of WWII in the Philippines, life changed from simple and peaceful into a drastically and dangerous situation.
From fleeing to the hills for safety, to be thrown into cells at the notorious Fort Santiago by Japanese Kempetai, to include the torture of their father for information, their situation became dyer. The eventual imprisonment into the Santo Tomas Prison Camp in Manila was their final destination – a place they would call home for the next 37 months. Unbelievable situations were commonplace.
With malnutrition and disease, dodging artillery fire, bombings and mortar fire as their daily fare, the family welcomed liberation by the Flying Column - 1st Cavalry Division and the 44th Tank Battalion on February 3, 1945. Their new life of freedom and a return to civilization had just begun.
On March 1, 1942 the Japanese Imperial Military landed in three different places on the north coast of Java, while Vice-Admiral Helfrich, Commander of Naval Forces in the Dutch East Indies, departed on the same day with his staff for Colombo on Ceylon, in order to continue to lead the Dutch navy from that point.
On March 8, almost 100,000 Dutch and native troops surrendered, along with 5,000 Australians, British and Americans. Thus, large groups of civilian, men, women and children were locked up in concentration camps, only to suffer extreme cruelty and malnutrition at the hands of the Japanese. This book tells the story of a young Dutch family, interned in those unimaginable horrors of war in the Pacific.
Ronny Herman was born and raised in Surabaia, Indonesia and was interned in a Japanese concentration camp with her mother and little sister. This is Ronnys first book, and is based on her mother’s diary and family recollections. Ronny’s father was a pilot with the Dutch East Indies Naval Air Force in Soerabaja when the Japanese entered their lives. Then life took an unbelievable turn for the worse for the family, as anxieties, frustrations, disease, malnutrition and danger became only too real.
ESCAPE FROM DAVAO – John Lukacs
On the cover of this book is a statement that reads: “The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War.” Sixty seven years later this story was brought to light in an amazing forgotten tale of how ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts survived a daring escape from the notorious Davao Penal Colony on the southern Philippine Island of Mindanao.
The white knuckle events of danger and harrowing atrocities of escape were well executed by these amazing ex-Bataan Death March and Corregidor survivors in their quest for freedom. Back on US soil, to tell America about Japanese atrocities, the group finds that their government had put an order in place to seal their stories to the world. Ordering the men to stay silent was an assurance that the remaining thousands of POWS would not be executed or treated more harshly, as well as the premature efforts of the Philippine plans for liberation would not be compromised. Eventually, when their story was finally told, they became celebrities as the nation stood fast and strong behind the Pacific war effort. Because of war time security of military materials, this full story was only able to come to the surface with the recent declassification of sealed records. The author Lukacs spent years of researching materials - travels to camp and war sights - and interviewing with key captives and family to bring this amazing story back to the world. A documentary is in progress about Escape from Davao. Look for John Lukacs new book on the Battle of Manila, which will be published in 2014.
Ken Burns - Plus an Accompanying Book by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns – Knopf
participants of this documentary share their personal experiences of WWII in
Victims of Circumstance
Lou Gopal and Michelle Bunn Kawayan Productions
Philippine – American experience during WWII in the
Secret War in the Pacific
Peter Parsons & Lucky Guillermo – Spyron
story of Commander Charles “Chick”Parsons. The man
General Douglas MacArthur called, “The Bravest Man He Had Ever Known.” A man of
multitude talent, bravery and dedication to the war efforts in the
Unsurrendered – 100 Voices
Parsons/Guillermo – Spyron
Filipino “guerrillas and bolo men” became an underground army of almost 300,000
during WWII in the