Year published :1993

Pages :175 pp.

Size :15x23 cm.

Rights :Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar

ISBN: 9789747047219

Burma-Thailand Railway

by Gavan McCormack and Hank Nelson

Everyone should know about the subject of this book—the prisoners of war who worked on the Burma-Thailand railway. Mateship was never tested so much as on the Burma-Thailand railway, and for all the tragedy, nowhere else was the triumph of mateship so emphatic. Mateship and the human spirit.

Hank Nelson and Gavan McCormack have done us all a great service with this book.

—The Prime Minister, The Hon P J Keating MP

Care not revenge, understanding not hatred, compassion not rejection... these are the responses historians seek to promote—and this book is an honourable example.

—Brian Dickey, Adelaide Avertiser

Half a century later, Gavan McCormack and Hank Nelson have brought together the views of those involved in the construction of the Burma-Thailand railway: The prisoner of war slave labourers; the tragic Asian labour force called romusha; the triumphant Japanese engineer regiments and supporting administration, including Korean soldiers and civilians.

I congratulate the writers for the holistic approach to a painful episode.

—Sir Edward Dunlop, The Age 

Half a century has passed since this incredible chapter of inhumanity and courage, yet neither time nor many tellings in any way diminishes the story of the Burma-Thailand railway . . . McCormack and Nelson have compiled a valuable document of human tragedy and greatness.—Michael Jacobson, Gold Coast Bulletin

The most comprehensive overview yet of that human tragedy.

—Tim Bowden

About the authors

GAVAN McCORMACK is Professor of Japanese History at the Research School of Pacific Studies, ANU. He is the author of a number of books including The Japanese Trajectory.

HANK NELSON is a Senior Fellow in the same school and the author of a number of books including Prisoners of War: Australians Under Nippon.