- Moral assessment: (P-A2) Readers with basic Christian formation
- Public: Generic
- Keywords: Modern History.
At the beginning of World War II in the Pacific, US, Filipino and Japanese soldiers battled on the Philippine peninsula of Bataan. The Japanese were victorious, capturing 76,000 Americans and Filipinos. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August, 1945, the prisoners of war suffered unparalleled cruelty and savagery. The authors' protagonist (Ben Steele) is a young American cowboy who joined the Army to see the world and ended up being on Bataan when the Japanese attacked. Juxtaposed with this personal biography is the story of a number of Japanese soldiers, resulting in a clear overview of the war in the Pacific, and demonstrating ineluctably that war causes suffering for people on all sides. G.E.D. (U.S.A., 2016)