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They Fought Alone (Classics of World War II: Secret War Series)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When the American forces in the Philippines surrendered in May 1942, a mining engineer named Wendell Fertig chose to take his chances in the jungle. What happened to him during nearly three years behind enemy lines is the amazing story that John Keats tells in They Fought Alone. With the aid of a handful of Americans who also refused to surrender, Fertig led thousands of F ...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Time-Life Books/Time-Life, Inc. (first published 1963)
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Lewis Shell
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't think this would appeal to many today, 2016, but to me whose dad was in the Pacific and mentioned this place, it was interesting.

The savagery of war and the strength to survive was more than evident.

I am so sorry for the Philippine people who suffered so much under the Japanese invasion and then by our own soldiers at the end. I am thankful that the Filipinos are still a people and that I know two ladies from there, one from Mindinao and one from Manilla.
Joe
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author tells the story of Wendell Fertig's efforts to lead the guerrilla fighters in the Phillipines after the US surrender during WWII. The story begins with the surrender and ends with MacArthur's return. It is a fascinating story and very well researched and written. There is an obvious bias toward Fertig's side of the story, but the author does a great job of making it read like a novel, while capturing the frustrations and joys, successes and failures, and contextual events throughout t ...more
Chuck
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The courage of the men and women who refused to surrender in the Philippines is highlighted in this account of Lt Col Fetrig who took command on Mindano, organized a guerilla resitance and was there to greet MacArthur with a division worth of soliders and a band.

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Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good book, I had little knowledge of the subject and although written as a novel it was informative and has given me the desire to learn more on the subject
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Often confused with English poet John Keats, John C. Keats was a newspaperman and social critic whose often biting commentary skewered American trends of the 1950s and 1960. The "second" Keats claimed to be a descendant of the poet, and one of his author photos showed him standing before the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, Italy.

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