Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 17, 2002 - History - 344 pages
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On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation.

In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. Harrowing, poignant, and inspiring, Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.


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Difficult to read, but very powerful and well-written. - Goodreads
This was a good book but a little hard to read. - Goodreads
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The ending had me cheering and crying at the same time. - Goodreads
Hampton Sides is an AMAZING historical writer! - Goodreads
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Haunting story of WWII soldiers left in the Phillipines after the bombing of Pearl Harbor left the US with no way to support them. This is the story of the rescue of the soldiers who had survived the ... Read full review

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If you like war books then you might like this book. This book is about the United States Rangers, who they had no use for because they rode horses in WWII and they didn't need horses in WWI, save the ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Hampton Sides is a contributing editor to Outside. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, DoubleTake, The New Republic, The Washington Post and on All Things Considered. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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