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. well known 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 team confronted an excellent jap strength ruthlessly devoted to overall conquest. It wasn’t a good struggle, however the males of the Houston might salary it to the death.
Hornfischer brings to lifestyles the striking terror of night naval battles that became decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the lethal rain of fireside from jap bombers, and the just about superhuman attempt of the team 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 used to be eventually 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 conflict endured for the lads of the Houston—a life-and-death fight to outlive pressured hard work, hunger, ailment, and mental torture. this is the gritty, unvarnished tale of the notorious Burma–Thailand demise Railway glamorized by means of 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 may prevail.
utilizing journals and letters, infrequent ancient records, together with testimony from postwar jap conflict crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness debts of Houston’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it’s effortless to fail to remember that each observe is right.