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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (92 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Alexander, Norman Dietz Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but incredibly, the Alamo Scouts were a valuable success. 

Throughout the years 1944 and 1945, the scouts performed a wide array of special operations, many of them classified for decades after the war. More than just a recon and intelligence outfit, the scouts also conducted rescue missions to recover captured military and civilian prisoners from Japanese camps, organized and supplied guerrilla freedom fighters, and provided protection for General MacArthur himself. They completed at least 107 known missions against superior numbers of enemy troops, but not a single scout was killed or captured. 

Writing with the narrative power usually found in a novel, Larry Alexander takes listeners in the footsteps of the men who made up the elite reconnaissance unit that served as General MacArthur’s eyes and ears in the Pacific War. Drawing from personal interviews and testimonies from Scout veterans, Alexander weaves together the tales of the individual scouts, who often spent weeks behind enemy lines to complete their missions. Now, more than sixty years after the war, the story of the Alamo Scouts has finally been told.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alison | 8/5/2012

    " Excellent book!!! What a great tribute to such amazing heroes. Too bad they didn't get the recognition they deserved sooner. Almost halfway through this book I realized that the Robert Sumner was in fact my great uncle Bob Sumner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rich | 10/7/2011

    " An interesting look behind enemy lines in the WWII Pacific Rim battle front. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Am | 8/17/2011

    " This book is about my father and his Special Forces unit in WW2. It's a fictionalized account of the Scouts' exploits during the war in the South Pacific. It's very close to my heart, and should be read by any WW2 junkie or curiosity seeker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maria | 7/15/2011

    " Although I enjoy WW II stories, this one tended to drag a bit. "

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About the Author

Larry Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers. He is also the author of Shadows in the Jungle and In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers. Alexander has been a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for more than thirteen years and has won numerous state-level awards for excellence in journalism.