van der Post, Laurens.
Title THE ADMIRAL'S BABY.
Publisher William Morrow, New York, 1996, first American edition.
Seller ID 23909
340 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0688151043 "As advisor to the Allied Forces, Laurens van der Post played a little-known but key role in maintaining peace in Indonesia at the end of World War II. The story, told here for the first time, begins in August 1945 (two weeks after the horror of Hiroshima) and immediately following the author's release from a brutual Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java....As the most senior British officer in Indonesia, van der Post, although weak and exhausted, remains at the request of the Japanese who are charged by their High Command with total responsibility for the lives and well-being of all ex-prisoners and internees pending the Allied troop' arrival. They are a l s o u n d er orders to use their arms to protect the Dutch from Indonesian nationalist opposed to their country returning to Dutch rule. The Japanese have sought van der Post's guidance in these efforts. Overnight he finds himself in the bizarre p os it i on o f overseeing the same enemies who for three and a half years held him in such brutal captivity." Previous owner's name/date and faint erased pencil marks on free front end paper, theww small light white stains on rear board, light wri nkl ing a t t op/ bo ttom of spine, two tiny soiling specks on front board, one slight corner bump. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, very light rubbing with a series of light scratches on rear panel - no color loss. Very Good-/Very Good