UNTIL THEY EAT STONES by Russell Brines
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UNTIL THEY EAT STONES

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This is-to my knowledge-the most comprehensive picture we've been given of the conditions in Japanese occupied territory. Russell Brines was in Manila in December, 1941 -- an A.P. correspondent, with experience as war correspondent assigned to the Japanese Army in Manchuria -- and therefore able to assess conditions and points of view better than the average civilian. The title of his book is a Japanese war slogan; his text recounts the steps Japan is taking to achieve this end. The first half of the book deals with the occupied Philippines, briefly his own and his associates' experiences, interned in a Catholic University, but in broader sweep the whole program -- towards the white internees, toward the Filipinos; food, discipline, housing, educational expedients, psychological warfare, rationing of basic supplies; exploitation of agricultural and industrial facilities; the equivalent of the gestapo in the Constabulary; political warfare -- through false promises of independence; propaganda, And the reverse side in guerrilla tactics, sabotage, defiance, and sullen waiting for -- faith still alive that the US will free them and come as allies not masters...From the Philippines, he was sent to Shanghai, through short wave, through contacts with other prisoners, through smuggled data, he has accumulated evidence of what is happening in the pattern of Japanese conquest in French Indo-China, Thailand, Burma, Malaya, Netherlands Indies, Occupied-China, Manchuria -- and in Japan itself. It is not an encouraging picture. He envisions another four years of Japanese resistance to reconquest, even with homeland invasion; he shows how preparations are made for continued defeat-continued resistance, both in supplies, shipping, scattered reserves, manpower -- and home front psychology. His book is startlingly convincing in the pattern of destruction of morale -- he touches but lightly on the necessary post-war rehabilitation, but spares the Japanese nothing. Important.

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 1944
Publisher: Idppincott