Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission

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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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About Hampton Sides

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A native of Memphis, HAMPTON SIDES is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers.
 
Published September 17, 2002 by Anchor. 384 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Led by a young colonel named Henry Mucci (called “Little MacArthur” not only because he smoked a pipe incessantly but also because “he had, like the Supreme Commander, a firm grasp of the theatrics of warfare”), the Rangers penetrated deep within Japanese-controlled territory, mounted an attack o...

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Lt Col Henry A Mucci rallied his troops, escorted them to church and then led them 30 miles behind enemy lines to rescue the prisoners.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Aided by Filipino guerrillas, Mucci and the Rangers march through the jungle and rivers in great danger behind the Japanese lines, and in a surprise attack manage to free the POWs.

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Nights and Weekends

Ghost Soldiers is a story of what the human spirit can endure and what good men are willing to do for men they’ve never met.

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Large Print Reviews

This is a multifaceted story, and Sides is careful to examine the events from all sides, including the viewpoints of the prisoners, the Japanese, and the rescuers.

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150.) The death march was but an inkling of the horrors they were to endure, horrors which Hampton Sides unflinchingly illustrates within the pages of Ghost Soldiers.

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World War II Database

Descriptions of various small details of various prisoners brought the ordeals suffered by the prisoners closer to the hearts of the readers, so that the collective story of the POWs was made personal, rather than just statistics of how many lived and how many perished.

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Pacific Wrecks

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.

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