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Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
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Jan 19, 09

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Read in January, 2003

This is a great book about the Americans in the Pacific during World War 2. It begins with the troops that were fighting the Japanese in the Philippines and their abandonment by McArthur as the Japanese slowly took over the island. It discusses the Bataan Death March, a forced march to the POW camps the troops were kept. The conditions of the camps the POW's had to live in are discussed in great detail also. The Sides goes into how the rescue mission came about...the reason behind it, the decision of who would do it, etc. This was the first military action the U.S. Army Rangers ever officially performed.

At this point I started to get bored with the book. Not for the subject matter, but for all of the military jargon and information that most people would not understand unless they've been in the military or have a decent grasp of military hierarchy and positioning. If you can pick through all of that, you can get an understanding of their movements to the camp, the rescue operation, and their speedy retreat back into the jungle with the Japanese army chasing after them.

If you just want a general idea of this story, I would recommend seeing the movie The Great Raid with Benjamin Bratt and James Franco (among a few other stars). Every important detail in the book is in the movie and you walk away with the same knowledge.
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