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Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission by Hampton Sides - Signed First Edition - 2001-05-15 - from AWARDWINNINGBOOKS (SKU: 418)

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

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

by Hampton Sides

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VG. 1st printing. Jacket in mylar. Signed by author. Light wear

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A tense, powerful, grand account of one of the most daring exploits of World War II.On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty miles in an attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs who had spent three years in a surreally hellish camp near the city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners included the last survivors of the Bataan Death March left in the camp, and their extraordinary will to live might soon count for nothing--elsewhere in the Philippines, the Japanese Army had already executed American prisoners as it retreated from the advancing U.S. Army. As the Rangers stealthily moved through enemy-occupied territory, they learned that Cabanatuan had become a major transshipment point for the Japanese retreat, and instead of facing the few dozen prison guards, they could possibly confront as many as 8,000 battle-hardened enemy troops.Hampton Sides's vivid minute-by-minute narration of the raid and his chronicle of the prisoners' wrenching experiences are masterful. But Ghost Soldiers is far more than a thrilling battle saga. Hampton Sides explores the mystery of human behavior under extreme duress--the resilience of the prisoners, who defied the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and unspeakable tortures; the violent cultural clashes with Japanese guards and soldiers steeped in the warrior ethic of Bushido; the remarkable heroism of the Rangers and Filipino guerrillas; the complex motivations of the U.S. high command, some of whom could justly be charged with abandoning the men of Bataan in 1942; and the nearly suicidal bravado of several spies, including priests and a cabaret owner, who risked their lives to help the prisoners during their long ordeal.At once a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers joins such landmark books as Flags of Our Fathers, The Greatest Generation, The Rape of Nanking, and D-Day in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations.From the Hardcover edition.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
418
Title
Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
Author
Hampton Sides
Book condition
Used - Very Good
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Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0385495641
ISBN 13
9780385495646
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2001-05-15

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