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Undefeated: America's Heroic Fight for Bataan and Corregidor

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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
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Simon & Schuster
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Mar 20, 2016 Manray9 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Bill Sloan may be a “master of the combat narrative,” but with Undefeated he falls short as a historian. I read his Given Up for Dead with interest as it provided new insights into the defense of Wake Island during the initial stage of the Pacific War. Undefeated is a paean to the courage and endurance of American and Filipino military men and civilians who courageously resisted Japanese aggression in 1941-42. Sloan details the cruelty and tenaciousness of the Japanese and their calculated indif ...more
Sarah N
Dec 01, 2013 Sarah N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read about the battles in the Philippines, Bataan, the POW camps, and the Death March before, but I think this was the most encompassing and emotionally difficult book so far. It is very well-done, obviously taking an incredible load of research and interviews with survivors from all aspects of the battle. It's impossible to read about this topic and not feel extreme anger over the cold-blooded atrocities committed, even so many years later. It is amazing that as many POWs survived as they ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part I really enjoyed this book. After having just finishing the Bataan Death March Marathon at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and having the opportunity to shake hands with some of the surviving members of the march gave me further appreciation for what these brave soldiers endured. The sometimes graphic details on what the Japanese did to some of the marchers in the book left me shaking.
Lots of characters in the book and a bit confusing at times as the stories went ba
Aug 27, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read of the battle of Bataan and Corregidor were outnumber American and Filipino troops surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans and Filipinos were low on supplies and ammunition and General Johnathan Wainwright, the American general surrendered. The Americans and Filipinos were taken as POW's and were force to march to POW camps, where many were shot or bayoneted as well as beaten. This was known as the Bataan Death March. In the camps, the POW's suffered brutal torture and ...more
Luke Bugbee
Very detailed account giving a birds-eye view of the fall of the Philippines, specifically by detailing the battles for Bataan and Corregidor. The book does not follow any one character, but rather dives in and out of different soldiers' accounts in relation to specific events. The book pays an honorable tribute to the men who fought, suffered and died defending the Philippines. It even attempts to make an unbiased understanding as to what caused the Japanese to deal so horribly with American an ...more
Very good account of the trial and tribulations of the US, Philippine forces that fought the Japanese at the beginning of the Second World War

I think Sloan has a very easy reading style and this was a very engaging read.

Sloan not only covers the Bataan and Corregidor battles, but follows the survivors thru the Death March and into captivity at Camp O'Donnell and their subsequent transfer on the Hell Ships to various Japanese passions throughout Asia.

He also talks about the various successful esc
May 30, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went through a roller-coaster of emotions while reading Bill Sloan's Undefeated. Let me begin by saying that as a child growing up during WWII, the generation of men who fought that war have always been my heros. My Dad was a marine and my uncles we in the Army, Army Air Corps and Navy. I guess that the Merchant Marine and Coast Guard were about all that the family did'nt have covered. As I read I went from intense anger to overwhelming sorrow at what the incredibly brave men who were abandone ...more
Richard Taylor
A great collection

Sloan has assembled an excellent collection of stories from those bitter days of the final struggles for Bataan and Corregidor. All have been told before but never enough. This is a good read. However, the title "Undefeated" may be a stretch.

Anthony Cavaliere
This book was easy to read and contained details about the Battle of Bataan and the suffering of the American and Filipino POWs that I did not know, that probably most people do not know. For one thing the American army fought very well and could have held out longer and perhaps defeated the Japanese had they been given adequate supplies of food, medicine and ammo. The Japanese conquerors were extremely cruel and inhumane as they were not bound by the Geneva convention. They murdered thousands o ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Jocelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Detailed read of the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in World War II. After the surrender, the book covers the Bataan Death March, the prison camps and the boats that carried POWs to the camps / to Japan for slave labor. Because the Geneva Convention was never ratified by the Japanese, the military didn't feel it needed to treat the POWs humanely. I knew the Bataan Death March lead to lots of deaths, but the prison camps and boat details are pretty disturbing as well. It's amazing people survived ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite way to learn of history has always been "out of the horses' mouth" so to speak. This book is primarily based on interviews and the writings of several survivors of the battle of and surrender of Bataan and Corregidor; with perspectives from POW's, nurses, guerilla fighters, and even a few who managed to escape.

Written so as to be easily read and gives honor to the allies who lived, and died, without beautifying them.

Highly recommended, but bring tissues.
Dec 01, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Of interest as it provides insight into how folks lived in hat was essentially an American colony in the 30s and 40s but as military history doesn't really deliver. Among other things we were in fact defeated. Disappointing because this author has a couple of very good books about e island fighting later in the war.
Oct 04, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing narrative of the horrors and hardships of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and subsequent Bataan Death March, Prison Camps and Labor ships. Just awe-inspiring, yet sickening to read about all those Men and Women, Americans and Filipinos, young and old, went through.
Edward Sullivan
A vivid, engrossing chronicle of the valiant but doomed defense of the Phillipines from Japanese invasion. There are also detailed accounts of horrific ordeals suffered by POWs and heroic escape attempts. Powerful and gripping.
Aug 11, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for history buffs and anyone interested
in the battles for the Philippines.Portion that deals
with the infamous death march,shows just how barbaric
an occupying army can be in wartime.
Patricrk patrick
interesting details but most of the book actually accounts events after the surrender of Corregidor.
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Bill Sloan is a respected military historian, former newspaper reporter/editor and author of more than a dozen books, including Brotherhood of Heroes: The Ultimate Battle. He lives in Dallas, Texas
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