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

Description

"The greatest World War II story never told" (Esquire)--an enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March. 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 impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation. In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. Harrowing, poignant, and inspiring, Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.


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Details

Author(s)
Hampton Sides
Format
Paperback | 384 pages
Dimensions
134 x 204 x 21mm | 381g
Publication date
07 May 2002
Publisher
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Imprint
Bantam Doubleday Dell
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
038549565X
ISBN13
9780385495653
Bestsellers rank
165,547