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My Hitch in Hell

The Bataan Death March, New Edition

Lester I. Tenney

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Potomac Books
Published: 10/2018
Pages: 252
Subject: Biography and Autobiography
eBook ISBN: 9781640121478


Captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan, Lester I. Tenney was one of the very few who would survive the legendary Death March and three and a half years in Japanese prison camps. With an understanding of human nature, a sense of humor, sharp thinking, and fierce determination, Tenney endured the rest of the war as a slave laborer in Japanese prison camps. My Hitch in Hell is an inspiring survivor's epic about the triumph of human will despite unimaginable suffering. This edition features a new introduction and epilogue by the author.  Purchase the audio edition.


Lester I. Tenney (1920–2017) was a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March. He was a prisoner of war of the Japanese for a total of three and a half years. After a brief stint as a high school teacher, he entered the insurance business. He worked with the Arizona state legislature in developing a retirement and insurance program for all Arizona state employees. He was also a professor at Arizona State University. He is the author of several books, including The Courage to Remember: PTSD—From Trauma to Triumph. James B. Stockdale (1923–2005) was a U.S. Navy vice admiral and aviator who was held for seven years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor.     


"Riveting. . . . A grim story of heroic survival."—Kirkus Reviews

"What gets you through torture and isolation with self-respect intact? Let Tenney show you in this book."—Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, USN (Ret.)

"Although I make my living by writing, I find I'm at a loss for words in telling you what a superb job you have done. I read the book in one sitting and was gripped by it on every page, indeed in every paragraph. . . . Thanks for writing the book and for showing all of us how with good will, perseverance, determination, teamwork, and more, good triumphs over evil."—Stephen E. Ambrose, from a letter to the author