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. popular as FDR’s favourite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was once a prize goal trapped within the some distance Pacific after Pearl Harbor. with no desire of reinforcement, her group confronted a pretty good jap 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 existence the remarkable terror of night naval battles that became decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the lethal rain of fireplace from eastern bombers, and the virtually superhuman attempt of the workforce 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 ultimately 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 movies as The Bridge at the River Kwai, the struggle endured for the boys of the Houston—a life-and-death fight to outlive compelled hard work, hunger, ailment, and mental torture. here's the gritty, unvarnished tale of the notorious Burma–Thailand loss of life Railway glamorized via Hollywood, yet which in fact mercilessly diminished 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 kingdom could prevail.
utilizing journals and letters, infrequent historic records, together with testimony from postwar eastern struggle 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.