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Citadel News Service
6 Dec 2005

Author to recall father’s POW, wartime experiences

For first-time novelist John A. Glusman his new book is personal.

“Conduct Under Fire” chronicles the fierce, bloody battles of Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines. But it is more than a recollection of a legendary World War II battle. This is his father Murray Glusman’s story. And it is the story of courage and sacrifice by Glusman and his fellow navy doctors more than 60 years ago.


Author John A. Glusman will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at The Citadel in Bond Hall Room 165.
The event is free and open to the public.

Glusman will share his experiences writing the book and tell his father’s story next week at The Citadel. His visit marks the final event in The Citadel’s Daniel Library Friends book and lecture series for the fall semester. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Bond Hall Room 165. A book signing and reception will follow immediately afterward. The event is free and open to the public.

Glusman is editor-in-chief and executive vice president of the New York publishing house, Farrar, Straus, Giroux. He has written for numerous publications, including the “Virginia Quarterly Review,” “The Economist,” “Rolling Stone,” “Washington Journalism Review,” and “Travel + Leisure.”

In 2001, Glusman traveled to the Philippines and Japan with his then 86-year-old father. As he retraced his father’s footsteps from the Cavite Navy Yard, bombed just two days after Pearl Harbor, to Bataan, Corregidor, and finally Tokyo, which the POW doctors reached on Aug. 26, 1945 before the arrival of the first American troops, he heard, for the first time, the complete story of his father’s wartime journey. His father died this year at age 90.

Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945” explores the history of Japan’s relationship with the Geneva Convention; the differences between Eastern and Western medicine and the gruesome medical experiments the Japanese performed on unwilling POWs; the firebombing of Japan from the perspective of the bombers and their victims; the tragic fate of so many Allied POWs who were killed not by the Japanese, but in unmarked transport ships by “friendly fire;” and the lasting physical and psychological consequences of captivity for ex-POWs and their families.

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