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All This Hell : U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese
by Evelyn M. Monahan, Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee,
Rosemary L. Neidel
Hardcover - 264 pages (April )
Univ Pr of Kentucky; ISBN: 0813121485

Bataan and Beyond : Memoires of an American Pow
(Centennial Series of the Texas A&m University Association of Former Students, No 6)
by John S., Jr. Coleman, Thomas Dooley
(Paperback - August 1991)

Behind Barbed Wire : German Prisoner of War Camps in Minnesota
by Anita Buck
More than fifteen POW camps housing German captives existed in Minnesota during World War II, although most people, even most Minnesotans do not know this. This is the history of those camps, where they were, how they worked, how the POWs contributed to the Minnesota economy during the war years, and, finally, when the camps closed.
Paperback - 144 pages
North Star Pr of st Cloud; ISBN: 0878391134

Beyond Courage : One Regiment Against Japan, 1941-1945
by Dorothy Cave
A vivid narrative of the men of New Mexico's 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (AA) units. Cave skillfully tells a story of hardship, bravery, unspeakable treatment, and a never-dying belief that their country would liberate them. They were the first unit to fire on the enemy in the Philippines and the last organized unit to lay down their arms when surrender came.
Paperback - 466 pages Revised edition
Yucca Tree Pr; ISBN: 1881325148
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Bridge over the River Kwai
by Pierre Boulle
Classic fictional tale of British POW's on the Burma Railway.
Hardcover (July 1988)
Amereon Ltd; ISBN: 0891905715

Building the Death Railway : The Ordeal of American POWs in Burma,1942-1945
by Robert S. LA Forte (Designer), Ronald E. Marcello (Editor)
Hardcover - 300 pages (January 1993)
Scholarly Resources; ISBN: 084202428X

Burma Railway Artist : The War Drawings of Jack Chalker
by Jack Bridger Chalker, Jack A. Chalker, Edward Dunlop (Designer), Jack L. Chalker
Listed under Art in Wartime

Captured Soviet Generals : The Fate of Soviet Generals Captured by the Germans, 1941-1945 (Soviet Military Institute)
by Aleksander A. Maslov, et al
Listed under Russian Commanders of WWII

Conduct Unbecoming : The Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy
by Howard Margolian
Listed under D-Day - The Normandy Invasion

Dancing Along the Deadline : The Andersonville Memoir of a Prisoner of the Confederacy
by Ezra Hoyt Ripple (Editor), Mark A. Snell (Editor)
Hardcover - 168 pages
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891415777

Death March : The Survivors of Bataan
by Donald Knox, Stanley L. Falk (Designer)
A collection of first-hand accounts.
Paperback (April 1983)
Harvest Books; ISBN: 0156252244

Death on the Hellships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War
by Gregory F. Michno
The Japanese treatment of prisoners of war in World War II has been written about before, but only with this chronicle will readers come to appreciate the true dimensions of the Allied POW experience at sea. It is a disturbing story that for many made the Bataan Death March pale by comparison.
United States Naval Inst.

Four Thousand Bowls of Rice : A Prisoner of War Comes Home
by Linda Goetz Holmes, J. M. Williams

Hardcover - 179 pages
Allen & Unwin; ISBN: 1863735798

Evidence Not Seen : A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
by Darlene Deibler Rose

Paperback - 256 pages Reprint edition (September 1990)
Harper San Francisco; ISBN: 0060670207

German POWs in Florida (The Florida History and Culture Series)
by Robert D., Jr. Billinger, Gary Mormino, Raymond Arsenault

Hardcover - 262 pages
Univ Pr of Florida (T); ISBN: 0813017408

Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
Bestseller by Hampton Sides
Listed under War in the Pacific

The Great Escape
by Paul Brickhill
The true account of a daring mass escape from a Nazi prison camp, by one of the eight hundred men involved. A "classic" escape story, fascinating for its portraits of the organizers of the escape and of the Germans running the camp. 

Book Description: With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. 

They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from the German "ferrets" who prowled the compounds with nerve-racking tenacity and suspicion. 

It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men -- every single one of them, every minute, every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year.
Mass Market Paperback from Fawcett Books

Horyo : Memoirs of an American POW
by Richard M. Gordon, Benjamin S. Llamzon
Hardcover - 400 pages (November )
Paragon House; ISBN: 1557787816
The Long Walk
by Slavomir Rawicz 
Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south via the Gobi Desert and Tibet to British India, where Rawicz re-enlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history.
Paperback: 256 pages
The Lyons Press; ISBN: 1558216847; Reprint edition (December )
Nazi Prisoners of War in America
by Arnold Krammer
The only book available that tells the full story of how the U.S. government detained nearly half a million Nazi prisoners of war in 511 camps across the country.
Scarborough House; ISBN: 0812885619

Martial Justice : The Last Mass Execution in the United States (Bluejacket Books Series)
by Richard Whittingham

Paperback - 288 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 155750945X
A historical tragedy of a young German submariner POW who was willing to sacrifice the bond of comradeship to save his homeland. Seven of his comrades were executed in the United States after the cessation of hostilities.

My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March
by Lester I. Tenney

Hardcover - 240 pages (June 1, )
ISBN: 0028811259

The Naked Island
by Russell Braddon
Listed under Changi

Portals to Hell : The Military Prisons of the Civil War
by Lonnie R. Speer

Hardcover - 416 pages 1 Ed edition
Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0811703347

Prisoners in Paradise : American Women in the Wartime South Pacific
by Theresa Kaminski
Hardcover - 284 pages (March )
Univ Pr of Kansas; ISBN: 0700610030

Ray Parkin's Wartime Trilogy
by Ray Parkin
An extraordinary work by an Australian who endured the sinking of his ship, the Perth, after an epic battle in the Sunda Strait against impossible odds. Captured by the Japanese, he then spent years as a POW on the Burma Railway before being shipped to Japan to work the mines until the dropping of the atomic bomb. The work comprises his three books: Out of the Smoke; Into the Smother; The Sword and the Blossom.
Listed under Australia at War

River Kwai Railway : The Story of the Burma-Siam Railway
by Clifford Kinvig

Paperback - 248 pages
Brasseys Inc; ISBN: 1857532058

The Road Back: A Pacific POW's Liberation Story
Dorothy Davis Thompson
A balanced and well-written account of camp conditions in the Philipines under the Japanese by a nurse who returned with the Army Nurse Corps after her liberation.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Texas Tech University Press; ISBN: 0896723623; (June )

Surviving the Day: An American POW in Japan
Frank J. Grady, Rebecca Dickson

Surviving Bataan and Beyond : Colonel Irvin Alexander's Odyssey As a Japanese Prisoner of War
by Irvin Alexander, Dominic J. Caraccilo (Editor), Ken Hechler
Hardcover - 224 pages 1 Ed edition
Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0811715965

Undue Process : The Untold Story of America's German Alien Internees
by Arnold Krammer
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Hardcover - 272 pages (December )
Rowman & Littlefield; ISBN: 0847685187

The Gulf Between Us : Love and Terror in Desert Storm
by Cynthia B. Acree, et al
Hardcover: 322 pages
Brasseys, Inc.; ISBN: 1574881590; (April 1, )

Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WWII Prisoner of War Camps
by Betty Cowley 

Faith Beyond Belief: A Journey to Freedom
by David Eberly 

Weary: Life of Sir Edward Dunlop
by Sue Ebury
Hardcover from Viking
War Diaries of Weary Dunlop: Java and the Burma - Thailand Railway 1942-1945
by Sir Edward Dunlop
Paperback from Penguin Books Australia
Railroad to Burma
by James Boyle
Mass Market Paperback from Allen & Unwin
White Slaves, African Masters: An Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives
by Paul Michel Baepler (Editor)

He Leadeth Me
by Walter J. Ciszek, Daniel Flaherty 

The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814
by Denis Smith

In the Shadow of the Rising Sun : The Story of Robert Davis, Pow and d Battery 515th Cac, Orphan Unit of Bataan
by Yvonne Boisclaire, Robert Davis (Photographer)

Hitler's Prisoners: Seven Cell Mates Tell Their Stories
by Erich O. Friedrich, Renate G. Vanegas

Refuge from the Reich : American Airmen and Switzerland During World War II
by Stephen Tanner

Attention, Fool!
by William Jacob Weissinger
Eakin Publications; ISBN: 157168171X
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Railway of Hell
by Reginald Burton, Ronald Searle
Hardcover from Pen & Sword

Stalag 17B
by Richard H. Hoffman, Richard H. Hoffman Lt. Col. USAF 

A Gallant Company: The Men of the Great Escape
by Jonathan F. Vance

Voices from Captivity: Interpreting the American POW Narratives
Robert C. Doyle
Popularized by books and films like Andersonville, The Great Escape, and The Hanoi Hilton, and recounted in innumerable postwar memoirs, the POW story holds a special place in American culture. Robert Doyle's remarkable study shows why it has retained such enormous power to move and instruct us.
Song of Survival : Women Interned
by Helen Colijn
Helen Colijn was a 20-year-old Dutch woman living with her parents on a small island near Borneo when the Japanese invaded in 1941. Shipwrecked, she and her two younger sisters were captured by Japanese soldiers and shuffled from concentration camp to concentration camp for the duration of World War II. This book chronicles their personal travails and the horrible sufferings of the British and Dutch women with whom they were interned. Perhaps more significantly, it tells the remarkable story of Margaret Dryburgh, a Presbyterian missionary who gave her fellow prisoners a means to survive spiritually: the vocal orchestra. Working from memory, she reconstructed the "Largo" from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, and works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel, and Grainger--and taught them to a chorus of prisoners. Even the often-brutal Japanese guards were moved by the concerts, Colijn reports. Although this book often glosses over the horrors, it is a moving account of some remarkable women and the music that sustained them.
The story is also told in White Coolies, a contemporary diary by Betty Jeffrey, an Australian nurse.
Hardcover - 216 pages (December )
White Cloud Press; ISBN: 1883991102
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Prisoner of the Japanese : From Changi to Tokyo
by Tom Henling Wade
Listed under Changi

The Great Raid on Cabanatuan : Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor
by William B. Breuer
Paperback - 258 pages
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471037427
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Lest We Forget: A POW Memoir of World War II
Dan McCullen
Hardcover (April )
Fithian Pr; ISBN: 1564741915
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Unjust Enrichment : How Japan's Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American Pows
by Linda Goetz Holmes

The Railway Man
Eric Lomax 
A World War II veteran recalls his capture by the Japanese, the torture he endured, his work on the infamous Burma-Siam railroad - a project that claimed the lives of 250,000 men - and, fifty years later, his reconciliation with Nagase Takashi, his Japanese tormentor.
Hardcover - 276 pages
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393039102
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Diary of a Girl in Changi 1941-1945
by Sheila Bruhn
Paperback - 168 pages
Seven Hills Book Distributors; ISBN: 0864176198
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The Wooden Horse
by Eric Williams
Paperback Reprint edition
BBC Pubns; ISBN: 0563369019
A classic - possibly the classic - WWII escape story.
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The Wrong Side of the Fence: A United States Army Corps POW in World War II
Eugene Halmos
Hardcover - 152 pages
White Mane Pub; ISBN: 1572490349
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To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings 1939-1945
by Ronald Searle
Searle survived the Burma Railway, just, and returned with a unique visual record of the tragedy. He narrates the tale with great humility, brevity and flashes of dark humor. An important addition to the military historian's library. Db.
Hardcover from Atlantic Monthly Press ISBN 0871130734
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The Blue Haze: POW's on the Burma Railway
Leslie G. Hall
Paperback - 344 pages (November )
Kangaroo Pr; ISBN: 0864177860
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Caged Dragons: An American POW in WWII Japan
Robert E. Haney
Hardcover - 282 pages (July 1991)
Momentum Books Ltd; ISBN: 1879094061
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Captive of the Rising Sun : The POW Memoirs of Rear Admiral Donald T. Giles, USN
Donald T. Giles
Hardcover - 232 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557503206
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The Diggers of Colditz
by Jack Champ, Colin Burgess
Australians in Hitler's infamous WW2 castle prison
This book follows the fortunes of Lt. Jack Champ, an Australian infantryman, as he is captured and becomes a POW. Jack took part in two of the most spectacular mass escapes of the war, but was recaptured on both occasions, and for his audacity in trying to escape was sent to Colditz Castle in Saxony, where the Germans had brought together the most hardened escapers of the war. Jack describes life in Colditz, and the escape attempts in which he participated, including the famed Colditz glider. Colin Burgess
Paperback - 204 pages
Seven Hills Book Distributors; ISBN: 0864178395
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Donald Watt
ISBN: 0731805852 Published 1995
Captured in Crete, POW Poland, escaped and made it to Swiss border via Germany, recaptured and tortured by Gestapo and then sent to Auschwitz when he wouldn't talk. Somewhere along the way endured an abdominal operation without anathesetic. Spent two months in solitary in the death camp, listening to the rats eating his fellow inmates, then many more months stoking the ovens, sometimes being forced to throw his co-workers live into the furnace when they dropped from exhaustion. Inexplicably released back into a POW camp, the traumatised Watt said naught about his experiences to the other POW's nor to the authorities on his release. His first wife knew nothing of it, as he'd completely blocked it out. In the late 80's his second wife read out a newspaper article about compensation for Australians who'd been in Nazi concentration camps, and the words "I was there" slipped out. His wife eventually wheedled the story out of him, resulting in this book. 

It's an amazing yarn, but it's mostly fiction. Professor Konrad Kweit of Macquarie University has voiced serious doubts on the veracity of this story, as have others.
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We Will Wait : Wives of French Prisoners of War, 1940-1945
by Sarah Fishman
Hardcover - 253 pages (January 1992)
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300047746
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