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The Naked Island

(1952)
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Russell Braddon wrote The Naked Island in 1950. By 1968 it had been reprinted eleven times and sold one million copies in Britain alone. As the author states, 'It was written to tell the world what sort of people the Japanese can be. It was written to explain what they did in the war and what they might well do again.'

There are numerous books on the war in the East but this is one of the greatest. Often hilarious, even amidst the horror, this is the story of what the Japanese did to those they captured. It is written in prose all the more effective for its dry understatement and sharp observation by a man who never lost his will to live even in the most terrible circumstances. Braddon's story is however not that simply of a prisoner of war. In his comments on the equally brutal Japanese treatment of native workers and indeed any who were not Japanese, he reveals the hollow reality of the 'Greater Asian co-prosperity sphere' promised by the Japanese, and attempts to understand how one group of human beings could behave in such a way towards another and the inhuman ideology and fanaticism which drove the Japanese on.

Even today the subject of Japanese war guilt is never far from the headlines and it was only last year that a deal on compensation was arrived at for surviving POWs.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: THE NAKED ISLAND
Author(s): RUSSELL BRADDON
ISBN: 1-297-49155-6 / 978-1-297-49155-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Andesite Press
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February 1982 : UK Hardback
Title: The Naked Island (Charnwood library series)
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 0-7089-8024-4 / 978-0-7089-8024-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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January 1981 : UK Hardback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 0-7181-1996-7 / 978-0-7181-1996-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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December 1952 : UK Hardback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 0-370-00252-0 / 978-0-370-00252-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2015 : Paperback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 1-5197-7122-3 / 978-1-5197-7122-3
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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March 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: THE NAKED ISLAND
Author(s): RUSSELL BRADDON
ISBN: 1-293-83365-7 / 978-1-293-83365-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: THE NAKED ISLAND
Author(s): RUSSELL BRADDON
ISBN: 1-179-42675-4 / 978-1-179-42675-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 1951 : UK Paperback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 1-84341-020-6 / 978-1-84341-020-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
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November 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 1-84158-140-2 / 978-1-84158-140-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
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April 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: The Naked Island (Australian War Classics)
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 0-14-014975-9 / 978-0-14-014975-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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October 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 0-689-70629-4 / 978-0-689-70629-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co
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1955 : UK Paperback
Title: The Naked Island
Author(s): Russell Braddon
ISBN: 0-330-02169-9 / 978-0-330-02169-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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