Arch Flanagan, 91, is a retired school teacher. In 1943, as a sergeant in the Australian Army, he was forced to labor on the infamous Burma Railway upon which it is said, that one man died for every sleeper laid. As one of Weary Dunlop’s Thousand, Arch experienced the horrors of forced labour under the cruel and arbitrary command of the Japanese Imperial Army. There have been many books written on this subject but this one includes a fascinating commentary by Martin Flanagan, who outlines his own struggles to come to terms with his father’s experiences. The two voices create a unique and engaging memoir.