Bibliography: POWs and Forced Labor

The following list includes some accounts of the experiences of individual POWs in the Asia-Pacific theater as well as more general histories of the treatment of POWs and forced labor during the war.

Berry, William A. with James Edwin Alexander. Prisoner of the Rising Sun. Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, 1993.

Blackburn, Kevin. "Changi: A Place of Personal Pilgrimages and Collective Histories." Australian Historical Studies 30, no. 112 (April 1999): 152-171.

Bonga, Dieuwke Wendelaar. Eight Prison Camps: A Dutch Family in Japanese Java. Athens: Ohio University Center for International Studies, 1996.

Bumgarner, John R. Parade of the Dead: A U.S. Army Physician's Memoir of Imprisonment by the Japanese, 1942-1945. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1995.

Burdick, Charles and Ursula Moessner. The German Prisoners-of-War in Japan, 1914-1920. Lanham: University Press of America, 1984.

Chang, Edward T. and Min Young Kim. "Transportation of Korean Slave Laborers during World War II: Kanfu Ferries." East Asia: An International Quarterly 24, no.1 (Spring 2007): 69-85.

Charles, H. Robert. Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway. Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1988.

Chung Hye Kyung. "The Forcible Drafting of Koreans during the Final Phase of Colonial Rule and the Formation of the Korean Community in Japan." Korea Journal 44, no. 4 (Winter 2004): 30-59.

Clarke, Hugh V. Twilight Liberation: Australian Prisoners of War Between Hiroshima and Home. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1985.

Clarke, Hugh V. and Colin Burgess. Barbed Wire and Bamboo: Australian POWs in Europe, North Africa, Singapore, Thailand and Japan. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin, 1992.

Cogan, Frances B. Captured: The Japanese Internment of American Civilians in the Philippines, 1941-1945. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2000.

Colijn, Helen. Song of Survival: Women Interned. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press; 1995.

Daws, Gavan. Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the Pacific. New York:  William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1994.

Dower, John. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. New York:  Pantheon Books, 1986.

Dunlop. E.E. The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop: Java and the Burma-Thailand Railway, 1942-1945. Melbourne, Vic.: Nelson, 1986.

Dyess, William E. Bataan Death March: A Survivor's Account. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

Elleman, Bruce. Japanese-American Civilian Prisoner Exchanges and Detention Camps, 1941-45. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Falk, Stanley Lawrence. Bataan: The March of Death. New York: Norton, 1962.

Forbes, Cameron. Hellfire: The Story of Australia, Japan and the Prisoners of War. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2005.

Fujita, Frank. Foo, A Japanese-American Prisoner of the Rising Sun: The Secret Prison Diary of Frank "Foo" Fujita. Denton, Tex.: University Of North Texas Press, 1993.

Giles, Jr. Donald T. Captive of the Rising Sun: The POW Memoirs of Rear Admiral Donald T. Giles, USN. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1994.

Gilkey, Langdon. Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women under Pressure. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.

Gordon, Ernest. Through the Valley of the Kwai. New York: Harper & Bros., 1962.

Gordon, Harry. Voyage from Shame: The Cowra Breakout and Afterwards. Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland Press, 1994.

Grady, Frank J. and Rebecca Dickson. Surviving the Day: An American POW in Japan. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1997.

Hadley, Gregory and James Oglethorpe. "MacKay's Betrayal: Solving the Mystery of the "Sado Island Prisoner-of-War Massacre"." Journal of Military History 71, no. 2 (April 2007): 441-464.

Hamid, Elizabeth. ed. Behind the Fence : Life as a POW in Japan, 1942-1945: The Diaries of Les Chater. St. Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell Pub., 2001.

Haney, Robert E. Caged Dragons: An American P.O.W. in WW II Japan. Ann Arbor, Mich: Sabre Press, 1991.

Holmes, Linda Goetz. Unjust Enrichment: How Japan’s Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American POWs. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001.

Holmes, Linda Goetz. Four Thousand Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home. St. Leonalds: Allen & Unwin; 1993.

Hubbard, Preston John. Apocalypse Undone: My Survival of Japanese Imprisonment during World War II. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 1990.

Huie, Shirley Fenton. The Forgotten Ones: Women and Children under Nippon. Pymble, NSW, Australia: Angus & Robertson, 1992.

Ion, A. Hamish. "'Much Ado About Too Few': Aspects of the Treatment of Canadian and Commonwealth POWs and Civilian Internees in Metropolitan Japan 1941–1945." Defence Studies 6, no. 3 (November 2006): 292-317.

Kenny, Catherine. Captives: Australian Army Nurses in Japanese Prison Camps. St Lucia, Australia: University of Queensland Press, 1986.

Kerr, E. Bartlett. Surrender and Survival: The Experience of American POWs in the Pacific, 1941-1945. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.

Kim, Min Young, Edward Taehan Chang, and Lili M. "Korean Forced Laborer and Women Used as "Sex Slaves" During World War II: Transported by Japan's Merchant Ships." Amerasia Journal 29, no. 3 (2003/2004): 9-110.

Kinvig, Clifford. River Kwai Railway: The Story of the Burma-Siam Railroad. London and Washington: Brassey's, 1992.

Knox, Donald. Death March: The Survivors of Bataan. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.

LaForte, Robert S. and Ronald E. Marcello, eds. Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American POWs in Burma, 1942-1945. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1993.

La Forte, Robert S., Ronald E. Marcello, and Richard L. Himmel. ed. With only the Will to Live: Accounts of Americans in Japanese Prison Camps, 1941-1945. Wilmington, Del.: SR Books, 1994.

Lomax, Eric. The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality And Forgiveness. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995.

Macarthur, Brain. Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese, 1942-45. New York: Random House, 2005.

MacKay, James. The Allied Japanese Conspiracy. Edinburgh and Durham: Pentland Press; 1995.

MacKenzie, S.P. "The Treatment of Prisoners of War in World War II." The Journal of Modern History 66, no. 3 (September 1994): 487-520.

McCormack, Gavan and Hank Nelson, eds. The Burma-Thailand Railway: Memory and History. Allen and Unwin, 1993.

Michino, Gregory F. Death on the Hellships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War. Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 2001.

Nelson, Hank. Prisoners of War: Australians under Nippon. Sydney: ABC Enterprises for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1985.

Onorato, Michael P. Forgotten Heroes: Japan's Imprisonment of American Civilians in the Philippines, 1942-1945: An Oral History. Westport, CT: Meckler, 1990.

Palmer, David. "The Straits of Dead Souls: One Man's Investigation into the Disappearance of Mitsubishi Hiroshima's Korean Forced Labourers." Japanese Studies 26, no. 3 (December 2006): 335-351.

Poncio, John Henry and Marlin Young. Girocho: A GI's Story of Bataan and Beyond. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003.

Roland, Charles G. Long Night’s Journey into Day: Prisoners of War in Hong Kong and Japan, 1941-1945. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2001.

Roland, C.G. "Stripping Away the Veneer: P.O.W. Survival in the Far East as an Index of Cultural Atavism." The Journal of Military History 53, no. 1 (January 1989): 79-94.

Rosario, Lionel de. Nippon Slaves. London: Janus, 1995.

Rose, Darlene Deibler. Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1990.

Schmidt, Petra. "Japan's Wartime Compensation: Forced Labour." Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights & the Law 1, no. 2 (2000): 1-54.

Searle, Ronald. To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings 1939-1945. London: Collins in association with the Imperial War Museum, 1986.

Smith, W. Donald. "Beyond the Bridge on the River Kwai: Labor Mobilization in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere." International Labor and Working-Class History 58 (Fall 2000): 219-238.

Smith, Stanley W. and Duane A. Smith. Ed. Prisoner of the Emperor: an American POW in World War II. Niwot, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 1991.

Tanaka, Yuki. Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II. N.p.: Westview Press, 1996.

Tenny, Lester I.  My Hitch in Hell:  The Bataan Death March.  Washington:  Brassey's, 1995. 

Towle, Philip A. "Japanese Treatment of Prisoners in 1904-1905: Foreign Officers' Reports." Military Affairs 39, no. 3 (October 1975): 115-118.

Towle, Philip, Margaret Kosuge and Yoichi Kibata, eds. Japanese Prisoners of War. London:  Hambledon and London, 2000.

Van Der Post, Laurens. The Prisoner and the Bomb. New York: Morrow, 1971.

Van Sickle, Emily. The Iron Gates of Santo Tomás: The Firsthand Account of an American Couple Interned by the Japanese in Manila, 1942-45. Chicago, Ill.: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1992.

Wainwright, Jonathan M. General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Comp., 1946.

Warner, Lavinia and John Sandilands. Women Beyond the Wire: A Story of Prisoners of the Japanese, 1942-1945. London: Joseph, 1982.

Waterford, Van. Prisoners of the Japanese in World War II: Statistical History, Personal Narratives and Memorials Concerning POWs in Camps and on Hellships, Civilian Internees, Asian Slave Laborers and Others Captured in the Pacific Theater. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, Inc., 1994.

Weller, George. First into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and its Prisoners of War. New York: Crown Publishers, 2006.

Woodnik, Bob. Captured Honor: POW Survival in the Philippines and Japan. Pullman, Washington: Washington State University Press, 2003.

Wright Jr., John M. Captured on Corregidor: Diary of an American P.O.W. in World War II. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1988.