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Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's dramatic mission, Hampton Sides

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Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's dramatic mission
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Ghost soldiers
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the forgotten epic story of World War II's dramatic mission
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the forgotten epic story of World War IIs most dramatic mission
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  • HPopular writer and Outside columnist Sides (Stomping Grounds) interviewed participants in one of WWII's little-known exploits the rescue of 500 American and Allied POWs from Cabanatuan prison camp on the Philippine island of Luzon.This gripping account intertwines the tale of these prisoners, who were survivors of the horrible Bataan Death March in 1942, and 121 officers and men of the army's Sixth Ranger Battalion. Led by Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain RobertPrince, these Rangers, who had yet to taste active combat, trekked 30 miles behind Japanese lines to effect the rescue, haunted all the while by the knowledgethat if their secret mission was leaked, the POWs would probably be massacred bytheir captors. Sides includes the heroic efforts of Claire Phillips and other resistance fighters to keep the Americans supplied with accurate intelligence, and the scores of villagers who helped the POWs to safety. Some Alamo Scouts and two Filipino guerrilla groups provided no small assistance to Mucci and his men.The raid itself was almost anticlimactic as the Rangers burst into the POW compound, eliminating the garrison and bringing out the inmates in less than half anhour. It's a tale worthy of a Hollywood movie (and film rights have been optioned by Universal). The author's excellent grasp of human emotions and bravery makes this a compelling book hard to put down. (May 15) Forecast: This isfor fans of Flags of Our Fathers who have been waiting for another installment.First serial rights have been sold to Esquire, and the author is booked on the Today Show. With more exposure like that, and with blurbs coming from the likes of David Halberstam and Jon Krakauer, this should sell hugely. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Reports by survivors of a massacre of prisoners in the Palawan, Phillipines, prisoner-of-war stockade prompted U.S. Army leaders to send a small mobile force to another prisoner-of-war camp and liberate the inmates before their Japanese Army guards could repeat the action. The Cabantuan prisoners were the remnants of the benighted force left on Bataan three years before and forced to march without provisions and endure atrocities along the way to their encampment—a brutal trek later known as the Bataan Death March. Highly motivated, fit, well provisioned, and trained for this kind of action, the 6th Ranger Battalion had orders to bring out the camp inmates, "even if you have to carry them on your backs." Reinforced with local guerillas, the detachment executed a forced march of 30 miles behind enemy lines in just a day, then organized the attack and….Since this story is written in a voice that makes us continually guess the outcome, it would seem unfair to continue with a story outline. Outside contributor Sides (Stomping Grounds ) gives us insight into the hardships of such a venture, and with recollections from the participants and historical background this becomes a richly written document of the last year of World War II. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/01.]—Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, CA --Mel D. Lane (Reviewed June 1, 2001) (Library Journal, vol 126, issue 10, p188)
  • An extraordinary tale of bravery under fire and the will to endure.When the Philippines fell to Japan in 1942, hundreds of the Allied troops who survived the Bataan death march were imprisoned in the jungle camp of Cabanatuan. Some would be tortured, others executed without cause; all suffered starvation and illnesses such as "dengue fever, amoebic dysentery, bacillary dysentery, tertian malaria, cerebral malaria, typhus, typhoid." For three years, the "ghost soldiers" of Cabanatuan lived in an earthly hell, and they would have remained there longer had an elite group of Rangers fighting with Douglas MacArthur's invading army not planned and executed a rescue operation of tremendous emotional but doubtful strategic value—and one that could easily have ended in a costly disaster. Led by a young colonel named Henry Mucci (called "Little MacArthur" not only because he smoked a pipe incessantly but also because "he had, like the Supreme Commander, a firm grasp of the theatrics of warfare"), the Rangers penetrated deep within Japanese-controlled territory, mounted an attack on the Japanese troops and tanks surrounding the camp, and led hundreds of Allied prisoners to safety—with thousands of enemy soldiers in hot and vengeful pursuit. Amazingly, the operation cost only a handful of casualties. Justly celebrated in its time ("Every child of coming generations will know of the 6th Rangers, for a prouder story has not been written," declared one combat correspondent of the rescue), the Cabanatuan rescue has since been all but forgotten. Sides (Stomping Grounds, 1992) restores the episode to history in a thoroughly researched and reported narrative that is careful in its attention to detail and never short of thrilling.Far more worthy than the celebrity-driven narratives of recent seasons, this is an exceptionally valuable addition to the popular literature surrounding WWII. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2001)
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  • World War, 1939-1945
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the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission
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Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's dramatic mission, Hampton Sides
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342 p.
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9780385495646
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200107337
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Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's dramatic mission, Hampton Sides
Publication
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342 p.
Isbn
9780385495646
Lccn
200107337
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ill.
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  • (Sirsi) a158586
  • (OCoLC)318989022

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