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The Last Ring Home
The Last Ring Home

The Last Ring Home

A POW’s Lasting Legacy of Courage, Love, and Honor in World War II


240 Pages, 5.7 x 8.7

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $35.00)

Publication Date: November 2016

ISBN 9780995500600

Rights: US, CA, AU & UK

Myndset Press (Nov 2016)


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****The Last Ring Home has been officially announced as winner of the Book Excellence Award 2018 in the category of Biography.****Traveling forty thousand miles and inspiring love and despair in equal measure, Lt. Minter Dial’s lost Annapolis ring altered the lives of many—not just those who gazed upon its blue stone.The subject of an award-winning documentary film that was broadcast nationally on PBS and History Channel (ANZ), The Last Ring Home is a spellbinding account of one man’s obsession with a family mystery—and the product of decades of research and inquiries. The book relates author Minter Dial’s pursuit of the true story of his namesake, his late grandfather Lt. Minter Dial, USN, a celebrated war hero whose suffering and trauma nearly buried his memory forever.A prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, Lt. Dial discovered the cruelest meaning of the Bushido code. Moments before he was killed, he gave his treasured Naval Academy ring to a friend. In the ensuing chaos, it disappeared.Armed with a passion for history and a desire to uncover his grandfather’s legacy, Dial’s epic quest for the ring transports him to prisoner-of-war memorials and ex-POW conventions, military and press archives, and the homes of those affected by the Second World War across the world.Sweeping as far back as the American Civil War, The Last Ring Home combines rigorous research with more than one hundred interviews with experts, survivors, and descendants of the Greatest Generation to tell the powerful story of American prisoners of war in the Pacific.


"An unforgettable saga of determination, strength, sacrifice, and love set against the background of unspeakable horrors during World War II in the Pacific Ocean Theater." — Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

"Minter Dial's grandson, named for him, has spent years of his own life tracking down facts and shaping them into The Last Ring Home, a story of the human costs of war, life and death, love and loss." — Gavan Daws, author of Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War Two in the Pacific

"Here is an inspired feat of historical sleuthing that stretches across generations and continents. In this feelingly told account of the heroic life of a grandfather he never knew, Minter Dial reminds us that history, above all else, is personal." — Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice

"Minter Dial spent decades piecing together the life of the grandfather he never knew, in a quest that plunged him deep into one of the darkest chapters of the Pacific War. The Last Ring Home is the unforgettable story he uncovered—a tale of bravery, brutality, and monumental suffering. This book is a loving testimonial to the sacrifices of an entire generation." — Janny Scott, author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

"The legacy of the Americans who surrendered after the 1942 Battle of the Philippines can now add a new voice. The Last Ring Home is a poignant story of suffering and loss across the generations … and one U.S. Naval Academy ring, which will leave readers thinking about the endurance of tenderness." — Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman, authors of Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

"Minter Dial has, with remarkable success, blended intimate family history with one of the more horrifying aspects of the Second World War. He vividly captures the unimaginable ordeal endured by his namesake grandfather. The result is a stark presentation of the sufferings and hopes of a young man caught up in a manmade manifestation of Hell." — Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, author of Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles 1, and the Sunday Times Bestseller, Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier.

Author Biography

Minter Dial is a professional speaker, history fanatic, and president and founder of Digitalproof Consultancy, a strategic firm providing digital and brand consulting to clients including Kering Group, Samsung, Google and L'Ore´al. He's also author of Futureproof, How to get your business ready for the next disruption (Pearson-FT Press Sep 2017). Alumni of Eton College, he received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University and earned his MBA at INSEAD (Fontainebleau).