- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591148995
- ISBN-13: 978-1591148999
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941-1945 Hardcover – November 15, 2010
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"Urwin is clearly a master of his craft, for he has given us a highly readable, if often chilling, narrative of an important episode in World War II history." - Pacific Historical Review
"Victory in Defeat is a thoroughly absorbing read and a book that needed to be written. Although it is a big tome, Urwin has managed to create a genuine page-turner." - Naval History
"A wonderful work of POW history, this book stands as a rigorous but cautionary tale of U.S. military history." - Choice
"Readers who are interested in tales of POW survival during World War II will find Victory in Defeat to be a truly fascinating account." - Journal of America's Military Past
"This is a unique story told with balance, grace, and humanity; a story, however, that never attempts to smother the truth that, anyway you examine it, the Japanese way or waging war was much different from the occidental mindset. An eye-opening read for all, don't miss this fascinating story." - Sea Classics
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"In a story too long left untold, Urwin combines impressive research, through all the pertinent documents as well as almost 100 oral history interviews, with great narrative and literary power. His dispassionate but compelling prose emerges as a moving testament to man's incredible will to live. This book is a logical sequel to his Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island, which documents the island's fall to the Japanese. Urwin makes an addition toward the documentation of the American POW experience in the Pacific."
--Ronald E. Marcello, director, University of North Texas Oral History Program
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OK, so this means something really personal to me, because my father was there. But this is also an incredible read... well written ... meticulously researched. Merely for its historical significance, this book is worth the read.
I so admire the men who went to hell and survived to come back home again. And I admire this author for taking the time and effort that was required to tell this story to the world. Thank you!!!
The vivid description of the trip on the Nitta Maru is hard to read along with many of the beatings and hunger to follow at Woosung Camp. In previous readings, I do not recall reading a more vivid picture of what the men endured on the Nitta Maru. This book will allow you to know how some of the men survived as a POW and the role that Edouard Egle, of the Red Cross, played to help them survive. He was very courageous. This author will take you through the prisoners journey to different POW camps and describes the differences at each camp as to what the men experienced. I liked the maps as I continually refer to these pages to follow the movements until the end of the war. Very little is mentioned regarding the 98 men who were murdered by the Japanese and the monument to the men. I highly recommend this book.
story,not only about the horrors of war,but about human will and spirit.