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America's Best [Kindle Edition]

Sinclair Browning
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In 1941 mining engineer Tom Sullivan, his wife and two small boys have an idyllic life in the Philippines. As war clouds gather, General MacArthur asks Tom to go to Corregidor to help plan the defense there.

When the Japanese hit Luzon right after Pearl Harbor, Ellen and her boys are thrown into Santo Tomas, a civilian POW camp. Tom is caught on Corregidor, lives through the Bataan Death March, is interned in Cabanatuan and eventually winds up on a hell ship bound for Japan.

America's Best follows the lives of an American family shredded by war...Bataan, Corregidor, Cabanatuan, Santo Tomas, the Arisan Maru...it's all here.

This is truly a story of the triumph of the American spirit.

Based on the lives of a true family, a 12 page Afterward details the extensive research that went into this book, some of which includes personal interviews with soldiers who were on the Bataan Death March, who served with Generals MacArthur and Wainwright, along with survivors of the infamous hell ships, unpublished manuscripts, and personal letters smuggled out of Cabanatuan and into Santo Tomas.

FROM THE BACK COVER   As the commander of the 503rd Parachute RCT during the liberation of Corregidor, I am proud to recommend this book. Sinclair Browning has written a gripping account of one of America's gravest conflicts and finest hours. America's Best is a compelling blend of history and suspense that tells what some Americans went through to preserve our freedom. I thank God that we were on the winning end of it.
General George M. Jones


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Americas Best  is illustrative of what we were fighting for then and are still fighting for now. To put things bluntly, if America fails, the human race cannot endure.   
  --Dave Hanley

Browning's heartfelt narrative about the efforts of a group of diverse Americans to thwart the Japanese occupation of the Phillippines recalls the heroic war fiction of John Toland and Leon Uris... --Publishers Weekly

Good reading, not only for those interested in American history, but for anyone who likes a well-written and chilling story of survival and heroism...comparable to Michael Shaara's magnificent The Killer Angels.
--Tucson Weekly

Browning tells the stories of many people in her work with the hand of a true historian- much like Will and Ariel Durant...just reading the 12 page Afterword is well worth the price. --Sierra Vista Herald

A poignant account of the early days of the war in the Phillippines and its aftermath; the Bataan Death March, the seige of Corregidor, life in the civilian and military POW camps, the hell ships and guerrilla operations.  --The Quan

About the Author

Sinclair Browning spent her childhood on her belly in dry arroyos hunting sand rubies, converting her propane tank into a stagecoach and exploring the Sonoran desert on her horse. Summers were spent on the family ranch in southern Arizona. 

One of five nominees (the only writer) for the Arizona Arts Award in 2000, Browning's mysteries have been nominated for Shamus and Barry Awards. Publishers Weekly compared her America's Best to the "heroic war fiction of John Toland and Leon Uris." A former writing instructor she has also been a judge for the Edgar, the Shamus and the St. Martin's First awards. 

Her work covers a broad spectrum: mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction and a a metaphysical novel. Her nonfiction includes spiritual books on afterlife gifts, signs we receive from people we have lost who assure us that their spirits are indeed alive and well. 

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Product Details

  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Valley Press (September 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044DF298
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of Americana November 23, 2007
Format:Hardcover
'I reviewed this book for the TUCSON WEEKLY when it first came out in 1995. I find myself compelled to respond to Mr. McIntyre's s negative review which I find most perplexing. Many of Mrs.Browning's characters are drawn from real life including her husband's family. One of the principles is her own mother-in-law. What happened to them and to others is accurately portrayed and her approach as well as her historical accuracy are validated by people like General Jones and Colonel Childress who were actually there. Her research included lengthy sessions with many who were held in the Japanese prison camps in which her husband and his family were kept as well as personal interviews with five of the nine
survivors of the Hell ship on which her husband's father perished. This excellent novel received solid reviews from a variety of sources and not one negative word until now.

I can still heartily recommend this superb portrayal of a piece of American history now as I did then. Five stars.

Emil Franzi, Tucson AZ Nov 23,2007
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book. March 29, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I discovered this book in the summer of 2001. Even though I knew very little about this era in American/World history, I was immediately caught up in it and couldn't put the book down. The story line was riveting and the characters pulled me in. When I discovered America's Best was based on a true story, I was even more captivated. I so loved the book that I bought many copies for friends and family, including one for my son-in-law, a soldier serving in the Middle East. Fast forward to September 11 of that year. While watching a TV interview with Dan Rather, who was discussing the terrorist attacks perpetrated on American soil, I saw America's Best prominently displayed on the bookshelf behind him. This is a wonderful book and a must-read for anyone interested in history and the human stories behind the headlines.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Disappointing" is an understatement July 21, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I read this book several years ago, shortly after its publication. Fortunately, I was able to get it from a local library instead of having to buy it. The author gets most of the historical facts about World War II in Philippines right, but that's why I read actual history and biography rather than a fictionalized versions. A historical novelist should illuminate the past and enhance the experience of living through it by showing its impact on vivid, flesh-and-blood characters. Unfortunately, the caricatures who inhabit "America's Best" are so flat, so lifeless, so predictable that describing them as two-dimensional is a charitable exaggeration. One ceases to care about them because they are so obviously contrived.

I note that Sinclair Browning has written a number of mystery novels that have won a following, and I trust she is a diligent writer and a fine human being. But someone should have told her to take the manuscript of "America's Best" back to the woodshed and subject it to some careful scrutiny, thought, and extensive rewriting. As it stands, even a one-star rating is too high, but Amazon.com won't allow a lower mark. Really, this book is not worth your time.
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Sinclair Browning spent her childhood on her belly in dry arroyos hunting sand rubies, converting her propane tank into a stagecoach and exploring the Sonoran desert on her horse. Summers were spent on the family ranch in southern Arizona.

One of five nominees (the only writer) for the Arizona Arts Award in 2000, Browning's mysteries have been nominated for Shamus and Barry Awards. Publishers Weekly compared her America's Best to the "heroic war fiction of John Toland and Leon Uris." A former writing instructor she has also been a judge for the Edgar, the Shamus and the St. Martin's First awards.

Her work covers a broad spectrum: mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction and a a metaphysical novel. Her nonfiction includes spiritual books on afterlife gifts, signs we receive from people we have lost who assure us that their spirits are indeed alive and well.

sinclairbrowning.com

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