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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Williams & Company, Publishers; 1st edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878853872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878853875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Frazier's harrowing and heroic story is a constant reminder that the Second World War wasn't the good war of our subsequent mythologizing, but the worst war ever, where young men from the heartland sacrificed their innocence, and often a whole lot more, to create the world we now enjoy. Frazier's experience, detailed here in this remarkable book, is at once ironic, courageous, horrifying and ultimately redeeming, and he tells it as only an honest soldier can straight from the heart. --Ken Burns

About the Author

Col. Glenn D. Frazier, US Army Pacific Theater, served from July 3, 1941 to December 6, 1945 United States Army Reserve, Six years,4 Months US. Army Ordinance School, Manila, Philippines Prisoner of war from April 9, 1942 to September 4, 1945 and survivor of the Bataan Death March. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Col Frazier's story is one of a true American hero.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alan F. Sewell on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Without exaggeration Hell's Guest is the most unique work I have ever read about WWII, and I have been an avid reader of hundreds of books about WWII during the last 40 years.

The quality of the writing is outstanding. Not a word is wasted, and the reader RELIVES every instant of Col Frazier's service, captivity, and the painful aftermath that haunted him for 30 years after his return to the USA. Every page is fascinating, but here are some of the highlights:

1. Col. Frazier's introduction on how he enlisted in the army and came to be in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded is an amazing story in itself.

2. His exploits during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines are the stuff of legend. On his own initiative and with incredible courage he improvised ingenious defenses that slowed the Japanese conquest of the islands and bought time to shore up defenses of Australia and other Pacific islands.

3. The brutality of his capture in the Philippines and captivity in Japan is so vividly portrayed that the reader feels that he is sharing it day by day with Frazier.

4. The aftermath of his release from Japanese captivity and how its horror affected the rest of his life is life is yet another amazing story. I have never read a book by any other WWII Veteran that expresses the lasting consequences of the horror of captivity. The way in which Frazier finally overcame the horror of these memories after more than 30 years is perhaps the most important part of the book.

5. As well, the breath and scope of Frazier's life after WWII is amazing. After the war he worked in many amazing careers in Alabama, Georgia, Chicago, Washington, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Florida.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Almond on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like other folks that wrote a review, I also met Col. Frazier at a book signing. Col. Frazier talked with my children that are (8) and (10) years old and have left a life long memory in their mind of a great man. I read the book in just a couple days and it is a great story and Col. Frazier is amazing to have survived in the Philippines in battle and as a POW for 3 years. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Wilding on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I meet Col. Frazier at the USS Alabama while coming home from vacation. I remembered him from "The War" series. Mt wife and I talked with him for 20 minutes and purchased 2 books. We gave one to my dad and he read it in 2 days. The other I am reading and am greating enjoying his story.
His life after the war is very interesting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Kimmel on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am not one for writing reviews (this is my first!), but I was so impressed and affected by this book, I had to leave a review. I met Col. Frazier at a book signing, and had him autograph a copy for my bro-in-law. On the way home I began reading Col Frazier's story and within a few pages, I found I couldn't put it down. Hell's Guest is engaging, amazing, horrifying, painfully honest, and beautiful. It is told so well, you can almost hear the bullets and feel his pain as a POW. I also appreciated how he didn't censure how he felt about the situations he found himself in - he doesn't set out to tell a heroic story about himself. He just tells his story honestly and vividly.

Whether you are a WWII fanatic or not, this book will affect you page after page. With so many of our WWII vets passing away, there is an important part of history well preserved in Hell's Guest.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Frazier on April 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
To begin, I am not related to Mr. Frazier; this book was recommended to me by a friend, so I told them I would read it. To my surprise, "Hell's Guest" is a book that cannot be put down until it is finished. This true story is gripping in its intensity, and you have to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. How Glenn Frazier survived the Death March of Bataan, much less everything that followed is nothing short of a miracle of God. If you are interested in a glimpse of World War II history - without the rose-colored glasses - then read this amazing book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Yackanich on July 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
During a visit to the USS Alabama memorial, my family had the priviledge to meet Col. Frazier during a book signing. Having had an Uncle who survived Pearl Harbor, this book hit very close to home and brought back painful memories that all our brave military went through during those defining years. I don't even like to read all that much, but I read this book cover to cover in just one day! A real heartfelt masterpiece.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allison J. Simmons on August 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Col. Frazier's book is one worth reading. I'll have my little ones read it when they are older. We need to know of these real-life stories to truly appreciate our great country and those who sacrifice for it.

This author is a hero, and I thank him for his service and for his insightful book. Your stories, your life, will stay with me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Harris on September 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My family and I purchased this book during our vacation while visiting the USS Alabama. It was so awesome to meet Col. Frazier. He is a true American hero. I started reading the book in the car on our way to Florida. I just couldn't put it down!! It is such an emotionally gripping story. I felt I was with him all the way. All of my children are going to read this book. I want them to know what sacrifices were made for our freedom today. My heart swells with gratitude for Col. Frazier and the many men who fought and died.
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