This is a second-hand copy of the book The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East by Alistair Urquhart.
Condition: this is a used book but in good condition. Cover creased from being read, but book is robust with minimal shelf wear, though obviously a little bit of wear around edges consistent with being a used book. Possible thumbprint or something smudged on the back cover. This is visible in the product image but minor.
Captured by the Japanese, tortured, starved, bombed and near-drowned, Alistair Urquhart should never have survived.
Shipped to Singapore with the Gordon Highlanders, the sheltered Scottish lad's war began against an exotic colonial backdrop of plantations, cocktails and dance halls. But in 1942 the Japanese invaded, and the young soldier was taken prisoner and sent to work on the Death Railway - 415 kilometres of track through the jungle, whose construction would claim the lives of more than a hundred thousand men - and the notorious bridge over the River Kwai.
Urquhart survived starvation, cholera and the torture and brutality of the Japanese Imperial Army, only to be packed in the hold of a rusting 'hellship' bound for Japan. Torpedoed by an American submarine in the shark-infested waters of the South China Sea, he drifted for days, close to death. When eventually recaptured, Urquhart was transported to a prison camp only eleven miles from a fateful city called Nagasaki, where he bore witness to one of the most momentous and terrible actions of human history.
Shockingly vivid, detailed and compelling, this is a remarkable historical document and a gripping adventure story. It is also the moving portrait of one man's stoicism, resourcefulness and quiet courage.
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