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70,000 to 1: The Story of Lieutenant Gordon Manuel
70000 to 1 The Story of Lieutenant Gordon Manuel
Author: Quentin Reynolds
Lieutenant Gordon Manuel began his career as a guide in the Maine woods. He learned how to fend for himself for long stretches, and to make the best of his opportunities. The night and the silence of the woods held no terrors for him. — Gordon's early training saved his life when the fortunes of war cast him on the shore of a jungle-studded i...  more »
ISBN: 465576
Publication Date: 1946
Pages: 217
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Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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A good story to add to my shelf of books about Americans who fought the Japanese from behind the lines during World War II.

The description errs in that Master Sergeant Manuel, he was promoted to lieutenant later, was not really a "Robinson Crusoe." He very quickly fell in with friendly natives who provided him with food, shelter and their friendship. They also helped with his injuries and worked with him to scout Japanese positions. Only one or two natives were pro-Japanese and the friendly natives quickly dealt with them.

However, Manual gives full credit to the natives throughout the book. In fact, he was annoyed when Australian coast watchers treated the natives as untrustworthy.


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