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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Ghost Soldiers The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Author: Hampton Sides
On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes i...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385495653
ISBN-10: 038549565X
Publication Date: 5/7/2002
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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booknookchick avatar reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 106 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I was engrossed in this book from the beginning. It isn't written like a reference or documentary. It is a very sensual book. You can feel the hunger, the heat, and the boredom of the captured soldiers in the Japanese concentration camp in the Phillipines. It's been a couple of years since I read this book. It was so good I'm putting it back on my list to read again.
reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 54 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I do not ever read war stories or historical non fiction, but what a great book. Well written, not dry, good number of characters and all true. I learned immesely while enjoying it.

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SGTBob avatar reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 156 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Before reading this book, I had expected a chronologed, step-by-step documentary. Which in itself would be informative.
However, what I read was a well researched, documented and well thought out "story" of such proportions that the act or reading this book invoked every emotion I have inside of me.
It is obvious that Hampton Sides interviewed as many survivors of this historical event as was humanly possible for him to do. He uses quotes from the survivors in a way that drew me into the book, as though I was there in the heat of battle and within the prison walls with the books characters.
I have to be honest here, after reading the Prolouge I was unsure that I wanted to read the rest of the book at all. (Frankly, it scared the hell out of me!!). However, I am pleased that I charged forward and read the entire book. Mr Sides words pulled me into the book to a point where I did NOT want to put it down.
If you have read, and liked, other books about the exploits of war and the men and women who were involved, you will like this book.
By the way, as scary as the Prolouge, the Epiloughe is 180 degrees different. I was uplifted by those words at the end of the book.
Get it, read it, and enjoy it.
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Helpful Score: 1
In a word amazing! Gives you what it was really like on the Batan Death March.
reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Very compelling narrative. Even if you think you already know the story of the Bataan Death March during WWII, you have never experienced it like Hampton Sides takes you. It's actually 2 stories: the American POWs who survived the Death March and the Japanese Prison Camp on Luzon Island in the Philippines, and the story of the 121 men of the U.S. Army's 6th Ranger Battalion who were sent 30 miles behind enemy lines to rescue the last survivors. A daring raid in which they were assisted by villagers and Filipino guerillas. More than an account of their bravery, sacrifice and suffering, the author's descriptions and narration pull you into this amazing true story.
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abbykt avatar reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 113 more book reviews
I read this book with my husband. He wants to rate it four stars and I would have given it two stars. So I am averaging the two to three stars. I have a hard time reading about the brutalities of war. I felt there were too many characters that came and went through the narration and I felt that the story was slow as it went back and forth between the past and present. That may be though because it took us a long time to read this book as my husband and I only have snatches of time together.
reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 7 more book reviews
Some parts are really difficult to read, not because of writing style, but because of the inhuman treatment of POWs by Japanese soldiers.
Even today I find it inexcusable. Otherwise, it is an excellent story written by an excellent writer.]
reviewed Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission on + 46 more book reviews
Very well written account of an incredible rescue of 500 American POWs on Japanese occupied Philippines at the end of World War II. Although this is a true-life history, taken from journals and live interviews it reads like a novel -- fast paced, suspenseful and hard to put down. Highly recommended.


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