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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.
This is a well written book and a very good read.
Hampton Sides has resurrected a long-forgotten story of the liberation of Bataan Death March survivors from a POW camp in the Philippines.
Mr. Sides, thank you for telling this most wonderful story of the American spirit manifested in the lives of these valiant WWII heroes.
Well written that puts you in the actions and feelings of those rescued and those who did the rescuing. It helps us understand the great pain and suffering endured by the POW's. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Thomas Stevens
Great book! I actually know a descendant of officer Mucci, which made the book even more real than it is.Published 23 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 24 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 24 days ago by S.K. Barger