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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission Paperback – May 7, 2002
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Allied POW's, not to mention many thousands of native Filipinos, were treated so inhumanely by the Japanese as to all but defy description, but this is precisely what Sides does so well. The rescue of the Bataan survivors very nearly came too late, but I can't imagine many of them would have said that at the time of their release from captivity. Sides' research and writing are brilliant as always. He is a national treasure who goes well beyond the boundaries of historical excellence. This is a book for the ages. If I had my way, Japanese students would all read it, too.
It just breaks my heart to hear what these men went through, both those that perished and those that survived. It never fails to amaze me what the human spirit is capable of surviving. Thank you for sharing their stories with us, this was definitely a story that should be told to every human. I'm not going to debate whether this piece of military action was necessary for American freedom, nor do I feel that this book tries to do that (just so no one gets that impression) - I read these stories to better appreciate what people are capable of surviving and what amazing camaraderie, kindness and human spirit can survive in even the darkest moments.
I've now moved on to Mr. Sides's "Blood and Thunder."
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Everyone should read it, it's part of our history.
Not just a story, these people were real!