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  • Three shared from Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War by John D. Lukacs
    While a shocking percentage of Allied prisoners—37 percent—would ultimately perish at the hands of the Japanese it was probably due in part to the Dapecol escapees that the number was not significantly higher. (In comparison, only one percent of Allied POWs—excluding Russian prisoners—held by Germany died during the period of their confinement.)
    Note: POW deaths in WWII...
  • Three shared from Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
    Later, Balchen returned to the limelight by fueling doubts about Admiral Richard Byrd’s claim to have flown over the North Pole in 1926. Based on his calculations, Balchen concluded that Byrd had turned back well short of the pole. He was alternately reviled and hailed for the assertion. Disagreements still fester over Byrd’s North Pole claim and Balchen’s role in efforts to debunk it.
    Note: Byrd's north pole flight?
  • Three shared from Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo Saga) by Hugh Howey
    Q: Tell the truth: Did you come up with all these questions yourself? A: Yes.
    Note: q and a with the author... and himself!
  • Three shared from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    “What I’m about to do now involves a good deal of pain,” Aomame said in a voice without inflection. “It has to hurt for it to do any good. On the other hand, I can adjust the amount of pain. So if it hurts, don’t just bear it—speak up.” The man paused for a moment before saying, “If there is a pain I’ve never tasted, I’d like to try it.” This sounded mildly sarcastic to her. “Pain is not fun for anybody.” “But a painful technique is more effective, is that it? I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.”
    Note: "I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning."
  • Three shared from Man In the Middle: Journey On the 3,100-Mile Continental Divide Trail by John Illig
    She’d called this region “The Faraway Nearby.” New Mexico’s stunning red beauty can overwhelm a person like that.
    Note: Georgia O'Keeffe