Title: Guest of an Emperor
Author: Virgil V. Vining
Description: Gray cloth boards with black lettering on spine. Very slightly spine cocked. Sticker ghost on ffep, otherwise interior is clean. Small, faint blemishes on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket rubbed; has a small chip at the foot of spine; shows a few areas soiling and scuffs; a few short closed edge tears; not price clipped (6.00). DJ in clear archival sleeve. , 424 pp. 8 x 5.75 inches. 7 copies noted on OCLC.
Facetiously titled, this is the personal narrative of United States Gunner Virgil Vining, recounting his imprisonment and the treatment he and his fellow soldiers received at the hands of the Japanese, including his experience in the labor camps on the Island of Luzon, Philippines. After serving aboard the Minelayers USS Bittern (scuttled in Manila Bay in December 1941) and USS Finch, Vining was interred at the Bilibid Prison and Nichols Field in the Philippines, and later in Japan at Camp Nurami . "He sees many of his comrades die (he himself is given up for dead), all the prisoners are tortured, all are underfed, all suffer--as a matter of daily course--savage and arbitrary punishment. The author does not hide the fact of his continued hatred for those Japanese who treated him so bestially... He does not forgive, nor does he try to explain. He simply lets us know the score; and assuredly he is right in his unstated message that these massive, somber, degenerate acts must never be forgotten."
Virgil Vernon Vining (1911, Mahaska (Washington County) Kansas - 2004, Sun City, Arizona).
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Carlton Press
Place: New York
Keywords: World War II, World War Two, POW, Corregidor, Philippines, Japanese, Japan, American soldiers, prisoners of war, internment camp, POW camps, Pacific Theater, Battle of the Philippines,
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