I did not want to stop listening. I knew very little about the death march and had never heard of this rescue. This book was very detailed on the horrors of war but realistic. I ready a lot of great reviews on this book but still wasn't sure what to think. It's excellent and a must read. You will not regret listening to this book especially if you like war stories and history.
This is a five star story that deserved to be told in the unabridged form. I read the book first, before I listed to it and this abridged version does a terrible dis-service to the story. This is a true story that needs to be told and this version was missing huge chunks of what happened. Just the same, it is a fantastic story that anyone interested in military history should read.
Very good, tells the story of the soldiers that were captured fighting the Japanese during WWII in the Philippines and the heroic fight to get them back.
Better than the movie, what a great and heroic story. You can't help to swell up and be proud.
What a fantastic listen. I cannot help but shake my head when America is vilified around the word for slapping or embarrassing a prisoner. You will hear the unspeakable horrors of the Bataan death march and captivity by the Japanese. You will hear the amazing details of a rescue of the survivors. This book had me sitting in the car in the driveway, not going inside because I had to hear the end. Parts of it literally brought tears. The descriptions are very real. Not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended.
Amazing, horrifying, at times hard to listen to. It is difficult to hear the horrible things that people do to other people. Important to know but hard to hear.
If there were more than 5 stars to rate this book, I'd have rated higher! I have always been in absolute awe of the "Greatest Generation", and this account reinforces my admiration. Ordinary Americans performed extraordinary acts of courage when confronted with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Resiliency, inovation, and tenacity were the common denominators of prisoners as well as their rescuers. If you're not already proud to be an American, you will be after you "read" this book. The horrors and bravery of the Bataan death march are unimaginable. A movie of this story would be rivoting.
This book was very difficult to listen to. The horrors these people went through. I could not finish this audiobook. I gave it three stars because the stories were riviting but too disturbing to take in and drive at the same time. I have since read this book. I found that reading it to myself was much easier and thought provoking than the audio version.
I hated it but I'm not much into true life history.
A very well written and rivoting story. It really brings tears to your eyes to think that this is a true story. A great book about strength, determination and survival. It would be a great movie. I truly enjoyed every part of this book and could not wait to see how it turned out.
Hampton Sides, contributing editor of Outside and editor of "The Wild File," is also the author of Ghost Soldiers. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.