So when I learned that there was another book written by Monahan and Greenlee I just had to get it. This book, All This Hell, tells the story of the nurses who where imprisoned in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded. Overall, this wasn’t a bad book…the writing and the research where all there but after reading And If I Perish I think that I expected more from it. All This Hell was more of a broad overview of what nurses, soldiers, doctors and civilians went through during their internment. To me this made things a little less personal than if she’d just focused on the experiences of the nurses. Not that there is anything wrong with the broad view, but there are so many books out there that talk about what the soldiers suffered that I was hoping to learn specifics about the women. Those all too often overlooked people who worked just as hard and suffered just as much as the male soldiers but never get their story told.
All This Hell is a good read and will give the reader much to think about of the plight of those imprisoned in the Philippines during the war. But if you want some real hard hitting and inspirational stories of strength and survival then I highly recommend that you read And If I Perish. Its been years since I’ve read it, but the stories all remain fresh in my mind.