My Father’s Captivity

My Father’s Captivity

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The book's 320 pages feature an enthralling narrative, 140 illustrations, and the text of 60 original documents that tell the story in the words of those who lived it on the home front as well as the battlefront. The notes, bibliography, and index summarize more than 30 years of research and writing. Printed in the USA. Categories: Al Young, Book & My Fathers Captivity

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Reader Comments



This book is destined to become the classic POW story. If you want one of the five best books ever written about the POWs, this has to top your list. . . . It is a literary gem that places you not just on the scene but in the soul of a POW. It is that rare book that I know I will re-read again and again.
- R. Mansell, CA

I sat down and spent four hours straight reading it-- it's truly a wonderful job. You have a gift.
- F. Carney, UT

I love it. It is the best and most beautifully written WWII memoir I have ever read.
- M. Pachaski, CA

Having just concluded my reading (thanks for the sleepless night) I ventured to the computer to write a short note. . . . While the final pages might be permanently stained with tears of gratitude, I can honestly say that this book will forever have it's place of significant impact in my heart. I haven't been this emotionally moved since I looked into my wife's eyes after the birth of our twin children.
- G. Gunn, UT

How does one read through the tears?
- R. Cummings, TX

I finished your absolutely powerful book! It was marvelous!
- K. Clopton, AK

You write of your dad's experiences so beautifully and poetically (and accurately, of course!)
- W. Bartsch, CA

It was so well written and descriptive that you can't help but put yourself in the story.
- L. B. Cole, OK

The contents of this book will someday have an impact within the walls of government, acadamia, museums, and more. . . .Your conclusion had a great impact on me and I wept. . . . This book will certainly be a cherished item in our collection.
- M. Wallace, WV

It is a real contribution to the literature on World War II in the Philippines (and on the homefront) and the POW experience, as well as a moving tribute to your dad. High quality production, too.
- R. Meixsel, VA

I have times when I am so interested in the story I cannot put it down and then there are times that I get to wondering how [your dad] survived and I have to take a break and think about that for awhile.
- V. Potter, UT

My Father's Captivity


by Al R. Young


Published by Al Young Studios


First printing 2009 (four subsequent printings)

This book tells the soldier's story through a narrative that puts the reader inside the mind and feelings of the soldier as well as inside events. Alongside the narrative chapters, transcriptions of original letters and other documents also tell the home-front story in the words of those who lived it. This book is much more than a memoir. It is a story about the endurance and hope of a family as well as the soldier on the battlefront.

320 pages feature
  A fast paced narrative that lets readers experience the story
  126 black and white photographs
  60 original documents

More than 30 years in the making
  Extensive personal interviews
  Collecting primary historical sources
  Canvassing secondary historical sources
  Correspondence and interviews with eyewitnesses
  Consultations and manuscript evaluations performed by subject-matter specialists

Specifications
  Length: 320 pages
  Size: 5.88 in. x 9 in. (14.93cm x 22.86cm)
  Paper: Printed 1/1 black on 60# natural offset
  Cover: Printed 4/0 on 12pt CIS and UV coated
  Binding: Perfect bound (heavy-duty paperback/softcover)

Table of Contents





From the Newsroom


The story from My Father's Captivity featured on LDS Living

By Al R. Young An article entitled "POW Survivor, Convert: I'd Endure It All Again Just to Have the Book of Mormon", summarizing the narrative presented in My Father's Captivity, appeared today on LDS Living.... Read more »

Tags: My Father’s Captivity, 3rd-party Publications, 2015, News


My Father's Captivity: Reader Comments

By Al R. Young This book is destined to become the classic POW story. If you want one of the five best books ever written about the POWs, this has to top your list. . . . It is a literary gem that places you not just on the scene but in the soul of a POW.  It is that rare book that I know I will re-read again and again.
- R. Mansell

I sat down and spent four hours straight reading it-- it's truly a wonderful job.  You have a gift.
- F. Carney

I love it.  It is the best and most beautifully written WWII memoir I have ever read... Read more »

Tags: My Father’s Captivity, 2012, My Fathers Captivity


Al R. Young addresses 2001 World Family Policy Forum

By Al R. Young In the spring of 2001, Richard G. Wilkins, then managing director of the World Family Policy Center, invited me to create the theme artwork for the World Family Policy Forum to convene that summer at Brigham Young University.  The result was Haven, a limited edition lithograph.

These are notes from my presentation of the image to conference delegates on July 16, 2001:
May I express appreciation for the opportunity of saying a few words about the drawing that represents the theme of this year's forum: Making the World Safe for Children... Read more »

Tags: My Father’s Captivity, Haven, 2001