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by James Naughton,Hampton Sides

eBook Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission download ISBN: 0553714392
Author: James Naughton,Hampton Sides
Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (May 15, 2001)
Language: English
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by Hampton Sides (Author), James Naughton (Reader).

by Hampton Sides (Author), James Naughton (Reader). Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA award for non-fiction and the 2002 Discover Award from Barnes & Noble, and his magazine work has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. Hampton is also the author of Americana (Anchor) and Stomping Grounds (William Morrow).

In Ghost Soldiers, journalist Hampton Sides recounts that daring rescue, once known to every American schoolchild but now long forgotten. If you are into World War II history, this book is a must. If you are a human being, you will sometimes find it very difficult to read

In Ghost Soldiers, journalist Hampton Sides recounts that daring rescue, once known to every American schoolchild but now long forgotten. A gifted storyteller, Sides packs his narrative with detailed descriptions of the principal actors on both sides of the struggle and with moments of danger and exhilaration. If you are a human being, you will sometimes find it very difficult to read. Even though I was well aware of the atrocities committed during that war, it is much worse when I have names to go along with the atrocities.

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On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected . 0385495641 (ISBN13: 9780385495646).

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 .

Scott Simon speaks with Hampton Sides about his latest book, Ghost Soldiers . Hear Scott Simon's interview with Hampton Sides. Hear Hampton Sides report on the Bataan Death March in 1999 on All Things Considered.

Scott Simon speaks with Hampton Sides about his latest book, Ghost Soldiers, which brings these men and the heroic group of . Army Rangers and Filipino guerrilla fighters who rescued them in 1944, to a place in the national consciousness they have deserved for more than 50 years. Hampton Sides explores the mystery of human behavior under extreme duressthe 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 .

It is about the World War II Allied prison camp raid at Cabanatuan in the Philippines

It is about the World War II Allied prison camp raid at Cabanatuan in the Philippines. In late January 1945, 121 Ranger volunteers set out to attempt a rescue of over 513 Allied prisoners of war in a Japanese camp near the Philippine city of Cabanatuan.

Bibliographic Details Publisher: Doubleday

Bibliographic Details Publisher: Doubleday. 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.

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Five CDs, 6 hrs.Read by James NaughtonIn January 1945, 121 hand-selected troops fom the elite U&.S Army Sixth Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: Attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs who had spent over three years in a surreally hellish camp, near the city of Cabantuan, thirty miles distant. The prisoners were the last survivors of the Baatan Death March left in the camp, and their extraordinary will to survive might soon count for nothing-elsewhere in the Philippines , the Japanease Army had already executed American prisoners as it retreated from the advancing U.S. Army. As the Rangers carefully evaded Japanease troops, they made a disquieting discovery. Cabanatuan had become a major transshipment point for the Japanease retreat, and instead of facing a few dozen prison guards, they would possibly confront as many as 8,000 battle-hardened enemy troops.Ghost Soldiers is far more than a thrilling battle saga, Hampton Sides explores the mystery of human behavior under extreme duress-the remarkable resilience of the prisoners who defied the Japanease authorities even as they were subjected to starvation, tropical diseases, and unspeakable tortures; the violent cultural clashes with Japanease guards and soldiers, trained in the warrior ethic of Bushido; the complicated heroism of the Rangers and Filipino guerillas; the complex motivations of the U.S. high command, some of ehom 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 look 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.
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The words that came from WWII are part of our cultural vocabulary (for those of a certain age). Reading this book changed my cozy comfort with the sacrifices of our soldiers to a humbled, grateful prayer for their very existence. The soldiers were a cross section of regular people selected by fate and circumstance for a crushing existence. A number survived. A larger number did not. They thought they had been abandoned to death and slavery by our country. A group was rescued by another group of group of regular people selected by fate and circumstance to be daring commandos sneaking into enemy territory to make a rescue. Sides's telling of all the sides of the story is gripping non-fiction about humanity. The gritty details of POW existence for our soldiers horrify. The soldiers' words of acceptance, their sources of encouragement, their humility in the face of their heroism and calm retrospection about the details humble me. Yes, I use "humble" a lot about my reaction to this true story because I am humbled in my comfortable, Internet world when I realize what made it possible for me.
Castiel
Ghost Soldiers is a remarkable book by a remarkable author. Hampton Sides brings to life the courage and strength of the POWs from the U.S. and other countries in the face of shocking atrocities by the Japanese in the Philippines during WWII. Sides describes the daring rescue of more than 500 POWs at Cabanatuan prison camp in such detail that you almost feel that you are part of it. I couldn't put the book down.
Abywis
Having just read the author's "In the Kingdom of Ice" and enjoyed it immensely, turning to one of his earlier works, and especially one so well received, was an easy choice. "Ghost Soldiers" shows Sides at his historical and even sociological best, bringing a well beyond horrifying story that began early in WWII and lasted for years to light. This is not just a book for history buffs or war story readers, this is one for everyone who cares for America and where it has been. It is also a book for anyone who could use some additional inspiration, a reason to get up in the morning, a vision of courage and leadership and survival. The Bataan Death March has been fairly well documented over the years but what brings this book to the fore is the mesmerizing tale of the valiant rescue of several hundred survivors near the end of the war, U.S., British and others, who by most accounts should have died long before at the torturing hands of their sadistic and monstrous captors, The Imperial Japanese Army. As bad as the Germans were, the Japanese were never to be outdone in the cruelty department. It began deep in their culture and could be witnessed in their attitude toward surrender, captivity status, and even the training of their own soldiers, sailors and airmen. Fighter pilots, for example, were subject to brutal training regimens at the hands of their own Japanese instructors and woe to any student who seemed unmotivated or who missed a test question-- students were routinely bludgeoned, often to the point of unconsciousness.

Allied POW's, not to mention many thousands of native Filipinos, were treated so inhumanely by the Japanese as to all but defy description, but this is precisely what Sides does so well. The rescue of the Bataan survivors very nearly came too late, but I can't imagine many of them would have said that at the time of their release from captivity. Sides' research and writing are brilliant as always. He is a national treasure who goes well beyond the boundaries of historical excellence. This is a book for the ages. If I had my way, Japanese students would all read it, too.
Burgas
This book was absolutely riveting, and horrifying when you read about the terrible treatment of the POWs. We purchased it for my High School son's WWII class paper and I ended up going back and reading the entire book cover to cover. It is well written, but I assume being a National Bestseller would let you know that as well. The story is tremendous and not one I had ever heard before. Well worth the read!