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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Campbell Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A harrowing portrait of a largely forgotten campaign that pushed one battalion to the limits of human suffering. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division’s “Ghost Mountain Boys” were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign in World War II: to march over the 10,000-foot Owen Stanley Mountains to protect the right flank of the Australian army during the battle for New Guinea. Reminiscent of the classics like Band of Brothers and The Things They Carried, The Ghost Mountain Boys is part war diary, part extreme-adventure tale, and—through letters, journals, and interviews—part biography of a group of men who fought to survive in an environment every bit as fierce as the enemy they faced. Theirs is one of the great untold stories of the war.

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  • The Ghost Moutain Boys reads like an epic movie script, with nonstop action from beginning to end. Campbell has done a stellar job telling this remarkable story of perseverance, bravery, and human suffering. For those that already know the 32nd Division’s story, this work tells their tale with the sort of depth and detail that is sure to enlighten even further. For those that haven’t heard of their dramatic stand, this story will be forever etched in memory.”

    Martin Dugard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The Buna campaign in New Guinea was one of the most awful slogs of World War II and one of the least reported. Now we are fortunate to have Jim Campbell’s outstanding Ghost Mountain Boys illuminate the heroes of the 32nd Division.”

    James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers

  • Sometimes you see it written in a fiction review that the geographical setting is as much of a character in the novel as the actual characters. This observation can be extended to nonfiction as well, for in James Campbell’s superb The Ghost Mountain Boys, the island of New Guinea is one of the most fearsome characters you will ever want to come across, in fiction or real life…The Ghost Mountain Boys is carefully organized, researched, and written with great sensitivity and understanding.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “This intense narrative is a fitting tribute and an excellent, relevant illustration of that elusive phenomenon known as the fog of war.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Campbell brings to vivid life one of the more forgotten, grislier campaigns of World War II, the Buna Trail campaign in New Guinea…The most poignant part of the book consists of the letters of an army surgeon who eventually committed suicide, but every part of the book entitles it to a berth in WWII collections.”


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Listener Opinions

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

    " Excellent book concentrating on one small but horrific battle on the wild unchartered island of New Guinea in World War II. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated beautifully. "

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

    " Good, informative and easy read. Not good for gathering sources from if you are doing research on the 32nd Division, that campaign, or the war in the South Pacific in general as the citations are in mass market form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Bales | 2/7/2014

    " A very comprehensive history of the U.S./Australian effort to prevent the Japanese from taking over New Guinea and threatening Australia during 1942; the efforts of the U.S. Army in New Guinea is another "lost front" of World War II, having been overshadowed by the fighting on Guadalcanal and the Naval battle at Midway that was going on at the same time. General MacArthur sent ill-equipped and undertrained American troops over the Owens-Stanley Mountains of New Guinea to fight Japanese veterans of China at Buna, and the typical bloodbath ensued after terrible deprivations on both sides. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Frances Fuller | 1/24/2014

    " After much searching I finally found a book about a joint effort of the Austrailias and Americans in the South Pacific during WWII. What a let down. This author was unable to develop any connection from the reader to the soldier. Instead of an in-depth story as Band of Brothers, he attempted to tell one liners about a hundred different soldiers. It is possible to write a book about armies and yet understand the individual soldiers motivations and experiences. This book was disjointed, shallow, and a boring read. He did expand on what an ego-maniac and all round ass MacArthur was, but who doesn't already know that? "

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About the Author

James Campbell mounted an expedition to New Guinea to retrace the route of the Ghost Mountain Boys and discovered a wilderness almost unchanged in more than sixty years. He is the author of The Final Frontiersman and has written for Outside magazine as well as many other publications.