Lukacs’ contribution to WWII POW literature reconstructs an escape by Americans from the Japanese-occupied Philippines. From biographical introductions of the dozen Americans involved, dramas of their captures at Bataan and Corregidor, and ordeals of imprisonment and maltreatment, Lukacs launches into their breakout scheme and the nail-biting danger of putting it in motion. Ably declaiming the ensuing intrepid events, Lukacs readily evokes the high tension and strenuous travails of the fugitives’ evasion of enemy patrols en route to evacuations by American submarines. But, as Lukacs recounts, their stories of Japanese atrocities (which included revelation of the Bataan Death March), in which their heroic saga was wrapped, were too hot for officialdom to handle. Fearful of endangering remaining POWs, but also tempted by the opportunity to put to use the inevitable intensification of popular anger against the Japanese, FDR expressly delayed release of the news until it coincided with a war-bond sales drive. Built from every available research source, Lukacs’ diligent, impassioned history will aid and abet the ever-growing interest in the WWII fighting experience. --Gilbert Taylor
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"Like the event it covers, Escape from Davao is unique. You are holding in your hands the story of the only successful American group escape from a Japanese camp."
-James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys
, and The Imperial Cruise
"Escape From Davao
is a remarkable story that explores the heights of human courage and compassion even as it reveals the depths of brutality that one set of human beings is capable of inflicting on another. Exhaustively researched and superbly written, the book incorporates many elements of a well-crafted suspense novel. Indeed, readers may wish at times that it were fiction, rather than cruel, distressing fact."
-Bill Sloan, author of Brotherhood of Heroes, The Ultimate Battle
and The Darkest Summer
"John Lukacs has justifiably brought attention to one of the Pacific War's most overlooked stories in his riveting book about the escape from Davao. Lukacs so breathes life into the tale that readers feel the drama and suspense as if they were present."
-John Wukovits, author of Admiral "Bull" Halsey: The Life and Wars of the Navy's Most Controversial Commander
"(Lukacs's) careful and detailed research plus his personalization of those directly involved provided creditability that captures the attention."
-Admiral Ronald J. Hays, USN (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Chairman, Pacific Aviation Museum, Honolulu, HI.
"A fast-moving, real-life escape story, and an unexpected chronicle of a fight against censorship."
"...diligent, impassioned history..."
-Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
"This story of airman Ed Dyess' escape from a Japanese labor camp in the Philippines is as epic as Unbroken
. Lukacs is a top-notch nonfiction writer who can put together the facts of warfare, distance, hunger, and fear and still make a compelling and engaging full-length book. Escape From Davao goes to the top shelf of my book case."
- Duff McKagan, Seattle Weekly
"In this...exceptional account...of individual triumph and collective failure, Lukacs's supple style must be noted. He writes vibrant prose and creates powerful action scenes. ...Lukacs's skill as a storyteller makes this book very rewarding."
-Thomas Mullen, America in World War II Magazine
"Escape from Davao
...is a story unequaled among all the detailed books written about the war in the Pacific...a tale filled with insurmountable courage and the ultimate victory of the human soul."
-Regis Schilken, Blogcritics.org/SeattlePI.com
"...Lukacs is a gifted stylist and storyteller. ...And he knows how to build suspense...At bottom, 'Escape From Davao' is a morality tale, not unlike the war movies of the 1940s and '50s, about pluck, luck, courage, comradeship, Yankee humor, ingenuity, and religious faith, featuring easy-to-identify heroes (the Americans) and villains (the Japanese)."
-Glenn C. Altschuler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"...A most impressive authorial debut...Lukacs manages to recreate the drama of the escape...with a richness not often found in historical works. ...Lukacs does full justice to this complex, inspiring, but also heartbreaking story."
-Richard R. Muller, World War II Magazine
"Escape From Davao
is an outstanding adventure story, framed by superb cultural and historical analysis, recommended for an audience beyond World War II buffs."
-Raymond Leach, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot