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Read online Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission On January hand selected U S troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines Their mission March thirty rugged miles to rescue POWs languishing in a hellish camp among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation .

In b Ghost Soldiers b Hampton Sides vividly re creates this daring raid offering a minute by minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation tropical diseases and torture Harrowing poignant and inspiring b Ghost Soldiers b is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission It is also a testament to the human spirit an account of enormous bravery and self sacrifice amid the most trying conditions by Hampton Sides

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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Title:Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
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Number of Pages:344
Category:history, non-fiction, war, military, world-war-ii, military-history
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An eBook short br br From Hampton Sides s i Ghost Soldiers i a gripping narrative of World War II POWs on the brink of freedom br br The men of Cabanatuan had been held by the Japanese since the Bataan Death March in increasingly dire circumstances With the war turning in the Americans favor the POWs worried that their captors would murder them all in the frenzy of an all out withdrawal Then one day in early January the prison guards simply left br br For a brief moment the haggard survivors of Cabanatuan were given the keys to their prison though swift death was promised to anyone who dared leave The prisoners waited nervously all while unbeknownst to them a daring raid was being planned which would result in their rescue or their end This is Hampton Sides at his most riveting a fitting tribute to these soldiers who would be prisoners no more, i A Magnificent History of How the West Was Really Won a Sweeping Tale of Shame and Glory br i br In the fall of the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona greatest of his people s chieftains looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life He had come to see if the rumors were true if an army of blue suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies As Narbona gazed down on the battlements and cannons of a mighty fort the invaders had built he realized his foes had been vanquished but what did the arrival of these New Men portend for the Navajo br br Narbona could not have known that The Army of the West in the midst of the longest march in American military history was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self righteous ideology now known as Manifest Destiny For twenty years the Navajo elusive lords of a huge swath of mountainous desert and pasturelands would ferociously resist the flood of soldiers and settlers who wished to change their ancient way of life or destroy them br br Hampton Sides s extraordinary book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to ringing life It is a tale with many heroes and villains but as is found in the best history the same person might be both At the center of it all stands the remarkable figure of Kit Carson the legendary trapper scout and soldier who embodies all the contradictions and ambiguities of the American experience in the West Brave and clever beloved by his contemporaries Carson was an illiterate mountain man who twice married Indian women and understood and respected the tribes better than any other American alive Yet he was also a cold blooded killer who willingly followed orders tantamount to massacre Carson s almost unimaginable exploits made him a household name when they were written up in pulp novels known as blood and thunders but now that name is a bitter curse for contemporary Navajo who cannot forget his role in the travails of their ancestors, On April Prisoner J an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary escaped in a breadbox Fashioning himself Eric Galt this nondescript thief and con man whose real name was James Earl Ray drifted through the South into Mexico and then Los Angeles where he was galvanized by George Wallace s racist presidential campaign br br On February two Memphis garbage men were crushed to death in their hydraulic truck provoking the exclusively African American workforce to go on strike Hoping to resuscitate his faltering crusade King joined the sanitation workers cause but their march down Beale Street the historic avenue of the blues turned violent Humiliated King fatefully vowed to return to Memphis in April br br With relentless storytelling drive Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country one stalking the other until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel when the drifter catches up with his prey Against the backdrop of the resulting nationwide riots and the pathos of King s funeral Sides gives us a riveting cross cut narrative of the assassin s flight and the sixty five day search that led investigators to Canada Portugal and England a massive manhunt ironically led by Hoover s FBI, Do beavers ever get squashed by the trees they re gnawing down Why are there so many worms writhing on the sidewalk after a storm What good are goosebumps Why do llamas spit What is the oldest living creature on earth Focusing on natural history and outdoor lore this collection ranges from the gothic to the comic to the cosmic It includes the sorts of questions that most of us stopped asking at least out loud when we were eight years old em Outside em magazine s The Wild File is what question and answer columns should be but seldom are an often surprising sometimes zany always insightful and informative back and forth between a devoted readership and its publication The result is an enchanting and enriching collection of answers that open windows to more questions