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When Army Rangers among Douglas MacArthur's forces arrived in the Philippines, they hatched a daring plan to liberate their captured comrades, a mission that, if successful, would prove to be a tremendous morale booster at the front and at home. Led by a young officer named Henry Mucci (called "Little MacArthur" for his constant pipe as well as his brilliance as a strategist), a combined Ranger and Filipino guerrilla force penetrated far behind enemy lines, attacked Japanese forces guarding Allied prisoners at a jungle outpost called Cabanatuan, and shepherded hundreds of prisoners to safety, with an angry Japanese army in hot pursuit. Amazingly, they suffered only light casualties.
In Ghost Soldiers, journalist Hampton Sides recounts that daring rescue, once known to every American schoolchild but now long forgotten. A gifted storyteller, Sides packs his narrative with detailed descriptions of the principal actors on both sides of the struggle and with moments of danger and exhilaration. Thrilling from start to finish, his book celebrates the heroism of hundreds of warriors and brings renewed attention to one of the Rangers' finest hours. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Great book! I actually know a descendant of officer Mucci, which made the book even more real than it is.Published 17 days ago by Jeffrey A, Westphal
This book is another historic account of a World War II event and the aftermath of the event. It parallels "Unbroken", probably the best book I have ever read. Read morePublished 18 days ago by American Express
I'm a war baby who has lived in the Philippines. I've been to Corregidor and I've seen road signs about the Bataan death march. Read morePublished 18 days ago by S.K. Barger
I finally know the whole story of the Bataan March during WW11. Hampton Sides does a marvelous job of informing the reader of the lives of the American and other Allied prisoners... Read morePublished 20 days ago by JMR
This was recommended to me by a librarian friend. I bought a used copy through Amazon and realized what a treasure it is. Read morePublished 21 days ago by retired teacher