Bataan Death March #8 on Amazon

Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman, a gripping history of the ordeal faced by American forces in battling for the Bataan peninsula in the Phillippines during WWII, rises to #8 on Amazon after a round of coverage from CNN.com and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. Four major library systems we checked showed up to 56 reserves on 12 or fewer copies. 

CNN.com interviewed Ben Steele, 91, a former Montana cowboy who is featured heavily in the book, as one of the last survivors of the Bataan march. One of the 76,000 American POWs who were forced to march 60 miles in the tropical sun (more than 7,000 of whom died), Steele kept his sanity despite starvation conditions and bayonet wounds by sketching the scenes around him.

The Christian Science Monitor called the book “the definitive account of this exceptionally grim chapter of human history. Many books have examined World War II in the Philippines… but none of them pack the punch of or are as beautifully written as this compelling volume. This is “can’t-put-it-down” history.”

As we already mentioned, Dwight Garner’s review in the New York Times first made us want to read the book and helped it land on the Times bestseller list.

Tears in the Darkness
Michael Norman, Elizabeth M. Norman
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – (2009-06-09)
ISBN / EAN: 0374272603 / 9780374272609

Also in audio from Tantor:

Narrator: Michael Prichard

  • 14 Audio CDs (Retail Unikeep Pkg); EAN: 9781400111671
List Price: $39.99
  • 14 Audio CDs (Library BinderL Pkg); EAN: 9781400141678
List Price: $79.99
  • 2 Mp3-CDs (Retail SlimlineL Pkg); EAN: 9781400161676
List Price: $29.99

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