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Elizabeth Norman's new book on the NY Times Best Seller list

Elizabeth Norman co-authored a new book, Tears of Darkness; The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath, with her husband Michael Norman, which has been on the NY Times Best Seller list for the past several weeks.

Writing in The New York Times, book critic Dwight Garner calls Michael and Elizabeth Norman's Tears in the Darkness "authoritative history" and "a narrative achievement."

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and its Aftermath, is the extraordinary story of America's worst military defeat told from the shifting point of view of three cultures: American, Japanese, and Filipino. Until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the Filipino and American prisoners of war on the tiny Philipine peninsula of Bataan suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture.

Juxtaposed against the sobering tale of the Death March and its aftermath is the story of Ben Steele, a young 22 year old Montana cowboy who wanted to see the world and serve his country.

To read the full New York Times review of Tears in the Darkness, click here.

To read an interview with Michael and Elizabeth Norman, click here

Elizabeth Norman is a professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions at NYU Steinhardt.