Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea

  • by William Clark Latham Jr.
  • Narrated by Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret.
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the North Korean assault on the Republic of Korea in June of 1950, the invaders captured more than a thousand American soldiers and brutally executed hundreds more. American prisoners who survived their initial moments of captivity faced months of neglect, starvation, and brutal treatment as their captors marched them north toward prison camps in the Yalu River Valley. Cold Days in Hell provides a detailed account of their captivity and offers valuable insights into an ongoing issue: the conduct of prisoners in the hands of enemy captors and the rules that should govern their treatment.
The book is published by Texas A&M University Press.

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What the Critics Say

"Intelligently conceived and exhaustively researched, it is an important and interesting addition to the field." (Journal of Military History)
"Cold Days in Hell is destined to become a classic on this difficult topic." (Pacific Historical Review)

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What did you love best about Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea?

It is always amazing to me how resilient the human body and will is when faced with incredible physical, emotional and mental suffering. The stories of what the American soldiers suffered at war and in captivity were astonishing. The Korean war falls in the middle of two conflicts that have received more visibility in our modern day culture. Even though it is a forgotten war, the men who died and survived need to have their tales remembered.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Father Capone. His story of quiet defiance and commitment to the sheep in his flock was inspiring.


Have you listened to any of Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret.’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first audio-book ever. I love to read and wasn't sure if I would like the experience. I did like the narration and felt like Capt. Spalding kept the book lively, using vocal variation and mimicking the quoted statements from the American, Korean and Chinese characters.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The extreme brutality towards the prisoners was angering, especially the mental and emotional abuse.


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- Vincent L Sabotin

Cold Days is exceptional audio entertainment

What made the experience of listening to Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea the most enjoyable?

This is an exceptionally entertaining audio book. There are twelve chapters each with multiple personalities. The narrator brings a lot visual content to the narration with his effective use of “Assuming the voice of the Character” for the numerous individuals in the narrative of Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea. His presentation of the characters and the story settings really brings these stories to life and you can literally visualize the scenes and characters while listening to his narration. Consequently, when he is assuming various the characters he audibly takes on the persona of that individual so effectively that you can easily become a mentally visual participant in the story as if you are actually present.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea?

I liked Rotorhead and the story line around him.


What about Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret.’s performance did you like?

His audible characterization of the individuals and setting descriptions.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is a whole range of emotions evoked by the various narrations. ... from humor to anger and sadness.


Any additional comments?

This book is absolutely difficult to stop listening to and it virtually necessitates stopping between chapter breaks.

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- PAUL COLE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks