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Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission

3 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Hampton Sides

The Bataan Death March was just the beginning of the woes American soldiers captured by the Japanese army in the Philippines had to endure. The survivors of the march faced not only their captors' regular brutality (having surrendered, they were considered … see full wiki

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Author: Hampton Sides
Genre: History
Publisher: Doubleday
3 reviews about Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story...
review by . May 08, 2002
GHOST SOLDIERS is one of the most successful books about war, a scrupulously detailed academic scrutiny delivered in a briliantly captivating novelistic form. Hampton Sides has produced a vivid reconstruction of what must be one of the most painfully forgotten episodes of WW II - the actual fall of the US Armed Forces in the Phillipines at the hands of the Japanese in the bloddiest excerpt of the Pacific Theater of WW II. It is humbling to read this beautifully written volume, knowing that our own …
review by . July 14, 2001
As World War II slips farther and farther into the past, small events in it that were considered very important and fascinating at the time have disappeared from common knowledge. The action about which this book is concerned is one of those events. When it happened, it was considered something extremely heroic, and it was assumed that the story would become an essential element of our history. It didn't, of course, overshadowed by the battle of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the dropping of the A bomb. …
review by . July 09, 2001
Hampton Sides' "Ghost Soldiers" is a story of Japanese brutality and racism, the sorry, dishonest nature of the Democratic administration of the early 1940's that gleefully sacrificed American lives to cover their own narrow-minded mistakes -- and of values liberals have longed since weaned out of American culture and heroism: patriotism, military discipline, a willingness to die for country, freedom and fellow man. This narrative of four horrible years for the Filipinos, Americans, British and …
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