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

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.

Title:Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385495653
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  • Jesse Whitehead

    The Bataan Death March is one of the most shameful acts in human history. In 1942 General Edward P. King Jr., against orders from General MacArthur, surrendered 75,000 troops to the Japanese army infi...

  • Joe Krakovsky

    Good read for WWII history buffs.My second read review follows."It's going to be extremely dangerous," he said. "Some of you might not make it back." An escapee from a Japanese POW camp had given a fi...

  • Jim

    I was aware of the Bataan Death March but did not know anything about the daring rescue mission to liberate 513 prisoners of the Cabanatuan POW camp where many of the survivors were imprisoned. The ti...

  • Steven Z.

    After reading Hampton Sides’ GHOST STORIES: THE FORGOTTEN EPIC STORY OF WORLD WAR II’S MOST DRAMATIC MISSION that deals with the treatment of American POWs by the Japanese during World War II it f...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    If this book is on your TBR list, move it to the top. If it isn't on your list, add it!! It is simply excellent as it tells the story of the Bataan Death March, those survivors who ended up in Cabanat...

  • A.L. Sowards

    An amazing true story, well told.As Allied forces in the Philippines begin pushing the Japanese from Luzon island, the US Army hears of the Japanese massacring POWs. Next at risk: Cabanatuan prison ca...

  • Peter Tillman

    Interesting & well-written. I might reread it. I'm sorry I didn't keep notes. I recall Sides giving an excellent book talk at the Eldorado, NM Public Library. We both lived there then. He wrote the bo...

  • Sweetwilliam

    "You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners"Ghost Soldiers is about a US Ranger mission to liberate a POW camp in WWII during the reconquest of the Philippines. The US Army high comma...

  • Michael

    Outstanding account of the raid to save the survivors of the Bataan Death March. Sides' compelling prose make the narrative read like a novel, with effective pacing of the heroic actions by this early...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    When I saw this on the table at the Library Book Sale last spring, I knew the title looked familiar. I saw when I brought it home that Kate had posted it a couple of years ago (and thanks, Kate!). Whi...