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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great story. Captured both sides of the raid, the prisoners and the rescuers.Published 15 days ago by william albrecht
Like "Unbroken" this is harrowing, chilling account of WWII, full of incredible heroism and great soldiering. The double plot line just increases the suspense. Read morePublished 16 days ago by S. Fox
Absolutely a must read. The prologue is worth reading the book all by itself. A marvelous and incredible story, well-written and so very entertaining.Published 18 days ago by barbara herman
I'm half way through the book, and I really enjoyed it... It's written well, very informative, and often I have a hard time putting it down. Plan to read another book by Mr. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jim
The prose is a little florid for my taste, but I enjoyed this tale of heroism by the rescuers and rescued alike.Published 19 days ago by George K. Johnson
Excellent book that details the enormous trials and tribulations American POW's faced after the surrender of Bataan. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Steven L Lundgrin