DAYS OF ANGUISH, DAYS OF HOPE by Billy Keith

DAYS OF ANGUISH, DAYS OF HOPE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Peter-Marshallish hagiography of Chaplain Robert Preston Taylor, Major General (Ret.) USAF, a man who went through terrible hells during World War II at the vicious hands of the Japanese when first captured in the Philippines and then as a Bataan POW, brutalized death-marcher, and transport-ship woe-begotten. General Taylor -- ""one of my closest and dearest friends, and one of my personal heroes"" -- sustained the men's will to endure with consistent and insistent entreaties to the merciful Almighty, winning gratifying victories for Christ in that horrendous time of spiritual torpor -- ""Everywhere he went he urged the men to surrender their hearts to God, and dozens responded."" A very true story based in part on the Chaplain's diary and papers which counterposes bleeding limbs and obligatory no-atheists-in-foxholes sentimentality typical of the c'est la guerre genre whether fiction or non-fiction.

Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 1972
Publisher: Doubleday