Undefeated by Bill Sloan
America's Heroic Fight for Bataan and Corregidor


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His perspective is unusual.
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Based on exclusive interviews with more than thirty survivors, Undefeated tells the courageous story of the outnumbered American soldiers and airmen who stood against invading Japanese forces in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II, and continued to resist through three harrowing years as POWs.

Bill Sloan, "a master of the combat narrative" (Dallas Morning News), captures the valor, fortitude, and agony of the American defenders of the Philippines. Abandoned by their government, the men and women of the U.S. garrison battled hopeless military odds, rampant disease, and slow starvation to delay the inevitable surrender of the largest American military force ever. For four months they fought toe to toe against overwhelming enemy numbers—and forced the Japanese to pay a heavy cost in blood for every inch of ground they gained on the Bataan peninsula. After the surrender came the infamous Bataan Death March, where up to eighteen thousand American and Filipino prisoners died or were murdered as they marched sixty-five miles under the most hellish conditions imaginable.

Rather than picturing these defenders as little more than helpless victims of a powerful and sadistic enemy—as have most previous books about the Philippine campaign—Undefeated tells the full story of the remarkable courage and indomitable will that cost the Japanese invaders thousands of casualties on Bataan and Corregidor. Interwoven throughout this gripping narrative are the harrowing personal experiences of dozens of American soldiers, airmen, and Marines. Sloan also provides vivid portraits of the officers who led the American forces, such as General Douglas MacArthur, who escaped to Australia as the situation on Bataan worsened, and General Jonathan Wainwright, who succeeded him as top U.S. commander in the Philippines and himself became a prisoner of the Japanese.

Undefeated chronicles one of the great sagas of World War II—and celebrates a resounding triumph of the human spirit.

About Bill Sloan

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Bill Sloan is a respected military historian and author of more than a dozen books, including Brotherhood of Heroes: The Ultimate Battle. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Published April 24, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 418 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Jan 01 2012

. . .readers must search elsewhere (Richard Connaughton, H.P. Willmott) for the latest insight into the competence of their leader.

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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Jerry Lenaburg on Jun 18 2013

...it is gripping account that clears up a lot of misconceptions about the loss of the Philippines and takes a critical look at the actions of America’s political and military leaders...

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Dallas News

Reviewed by Si Dunn on Apr 16 2012

. . . never loses sight of those who gave the most to defend and eventually liberate the Philippines.

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Reviewed by Mike Oppenheim on May 03 2012

. . .a lively, thoroughly professional description of the final act of the American-led resistance to Japan's invasion of the Philippines.

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North County Times

Reviewed by Steve Fisher on Apr 22 2012

Read this book. Be prepared to weep.

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Burbank Library Blog

Jun 29 2012

Sloan tries to give us a more complete picture of the resistance on Bataan. . .

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