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4.00010459156992 out of 54.00010459156992 out of 54.00010459156992 out of 54.00010459156992 out of 54.00010459156992 out of 5 4.00 (9,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hampton Sides Narrator: James Naughton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A tense, powerful, grand account of one of the most daring exploits of World War II

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite US Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: march thirty miles in an attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs who had spent three years in a hellish camp near the city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners included the last survivors of the Bataan Death March left in the camp, and their extraordinary will to live might soon count for nothing—elsewhere in the Philippines, the Japanese Army had already executed American prisoners as it retreated from the advancing US Army. As the Rangers stealthily moved through enemy-occupied territory, they learned that Cabanatuan had become a major transshipment point for the Japanese retreat, and instead of facing the few dozen prison guards, they could possibly confront as many as 8,000 battle-hardened enemy troops.

Hampton Sides’ vivid minute-by-minute narration of the raid and his chronicle of the prisoners’ wrenching experiences are masterful. 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 US high command, some of whom 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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • Ghost Soldiers…is a great war story, and Mr Sides tells it well, giving texture to the personalities of  captives, captors, and rescuers alike.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Ghost Soldiers is destined to become a classic of it’s genre. The ‘heartwarming World War II book’ is becoming a tiresome cliché, but you would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved—and inspired—by this book.” 


  • “An anguished look into a pit of despair and an examination of the power of the human soul to create, destroy, and endure.”

    Sunday Oregonian

  • “Read the first ten pages of this moving book and you will be hooked by a riveting tale of American courage and heroism. In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides brings to life a forgotten adventure of World War II that you will always remember.”

    James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/19/2014

    " A book every American should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin | 2/13/2014

    " It was definitely interesting to learn more about what happened in some of the POW camps in the Philippines. I love books that help history come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven Hummer | 2/10/2014

    " Got this for christmas I had just watched the movie "The Great Raid" wow didn't expect this book to be so great this book is the true story from the movie "The Great Raid" Great war movie and a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 2/4/2014

    " Fabulous rescue story that completely renewed my interest in WWII. Mr. Sides does a great job of balancing background history for prisoners/soldiers and action chapters on the rescue. Great read for those mildly interested WWII and a great uplifting story from the war or for those looking for more in depth information on the Pacific side of the war. "

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