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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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My grandfather was a World War II Vet - Navy. He would never speak about the war, he would not eat rice or stand in line for anything. After reading this I can understand why. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Denise M. Baets
Very good read. Informative and entertaining. Great story in our history!Published 1 day ago by Edward Arguelles
I liked this book a lot. The story of an amazing rescue from a Japanese POW camp is fascinating, as are so many of the heroic characters, The first scene is one of the saddest and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mark
Great story. Captured both sides of the raid, the prisoners and the rescuers.Published 20 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 21 days ago by S. Fox