Ship of Ghosts EW PICK Before WWII, the USS Houston had a proud history as FDR's favorite warship. In March 1942 it was sunk in the Sunda Strait… Ship of Ghosts EW PICK Before WWII, the USS Houston had a proud history as FDR's favorite warship. In March 1942 it was sunk in the Sunda Strait… 2006-10-31 History Nonfiction Bantam
Book Review

Ship of Ghosts (2006)

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Details Release Date: Oct 31, 2006; Writer: James D. Hornfischer; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Bantam

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Before WWII, the USS Houston had a proud history as FDR's favorite warship. In March 1942 it was sunk in the Sunda Strait and survivors became POWs — many on the notorious Burma-Thailand Death Railway, building the real Bridge on the River Kwai. While their families back home waited for news, they endured three and a half years of unimaginable torture, starvation, disease, and animal-like conditions. James D. Hornfischer exhaustively details the full story in Ship of Ghosts: the visceral terror of a naval battle, savage treatment by Japanese captors, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In the end, only 291 of the 1,168 crewmen returned home. War may be hell, but for these men captivity was far, far worse.

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints