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By Judith L. Pearson

"The stomach of the Beast (is)...a searing tribute...(to) the US in its bleakest hour." —Senator John McCain, writer long island occasions bestseller religion of My Fathers

On December thirteen, 1944, POW Estel Myers used to be herded aboard the japanese legal send, the Oryoku Maru, with greater than 1,600 different American captives. greater than 1,100 of them will be useless by means of journey's end...

The son of a Kentucky sharecropper and an enlistee within the Navy's scientific corps, Myers arrived in Manilla almost immediately earlier than the bombings of Pearl Harbor and the opposite six ambitions of the Imperial eastern army. whereas he and his fellow corpsmen tended to the bloody tide of infantrymen pouring into their as soon as peaceable Naval health facility, the japanese crushed the Pacific islands, taking pictures 78,000 POWs by means of April 1942. Myers used to be one of many first captured.

After a brutal three-year encampment, Myers and his fellow POWs have been pressured onto an enemy hell send sure for Japan. Suffocation, malnutrition, sickness, dehydration, infestation, insanity, and easy depression claimed the lives of approximately 3 quarters of these who boarded "the beast".

Myers survived.

A compelling account of a not often recorded occasion in army heritage, this is often greater than Estel Myers' real story—this is an homage to the unfailing braveness of fellows at battle, an inspiring chronicle of self-sacrifice and patience, and a tribute to the facility of religion, the energy of the soul, and the triumph of the human spirit.

"An inspiring examine certainly one of global battle II's darkest hours." —James Bradley, writer of Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys

"A searing chronicle." —Kirkus experiences

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