By Preston John Hubbard
Apocalypse Undone recounts Preston Hubbard's four-and-a-half 12 months odyssey from a tender, idealistic CCC employee to a miles older, bothered guy choked with contempt for battle and people who make it. He survived the Bataan dying March; imprisonment at Camp O'Donnell, the place the dying cost exceded four hundred an afternoon; a jungle paintings element on Tayabas Isthmus; the hunger vitamin of Manila's Bilibid felony; a 17 day voyage to Japan on a Hell send; and a eastern POW camp bombed by means of American planes.
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Extra info for Apocalypse undone: my survival of Japanese imprisonment during World War II
Undid) the apocalypse that erupted distantly in 1939 and more Page x dramatically for America and me in 1941. What we survived was apocalyptic on a national and international scale. Nations, international economies, and cultures struggled to withstand the shockwaves of war. On a personal level, I survived the Japanese military's apocalypse of destruction, hunger, pestilence, and death visited on the American and Allied prisoners of war. Apocalypse Undone refers not only to my struggle for survival in the face of those horrors, but also to the price paid for my deliverance.
Though I had no sympathy with that view at the time, I came to know the enormity and absoluteness of human evil in my private experience of the war. The horrors unleashed by the Japanese during World War II against civilians and prisoners of war in the Philippines and Japan were apocalyptic to me, not only because the context of those horrors was a world war but because I felt that what was happening to me ushered in a new and darker age. This book is not fiction or art in any sense. It is history from a personal viewpoint; that is, I watched unfold what textual history documents.
Bob, who was destined to die on Bataan, and I would never see that charming lady again, but she kept in close touch with us until Pearl Harbor and even established contact with our families after the onset of the apocalypse. Even as I write, the image of our elegant hostess of Larkspur connects me with a time when my world was young. Instead of spending the weekend having a good time with our friends in Larkspur, we spent it preparing for overseas departure. About the middle of the following week, we were given immunization shots, which made me sick.