An epic story of exceptional valor, and based on exclusive interviews with more than thirty survivors, Undefeated tells in gripping prose how outnumbered and outgunned American soldiers and airmen fought against invading Japanese forces in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II and then continued to resist through three harrowing years as POWs.
Based on exclusive interviews with more than thirty survivors, Undefeated tells the courageous story of the outnumbered American soldiers and airmen who stood against invading Japanese forces in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II, and continued to resist through three harrowing years as POWs.
Bill Sloan, "a master of the combat narrative" (Dallas Morning News), captures the valor, fortitude, and agony of the American defenders of the Philippines. Abandoned by their government, the men and women of the U.S. garrison battled hopeless military odds, rampant disease, and slow starvation to delay the inevitable surrender of the largest American military force ever. For four months they fought toe to toe against overwhelming enemy numbers—and forced the Japanese to pay a heavy cost in blood for every inch of ground they gained on the Bataan peninsula. After the surrender came the infamous Bataan Death March, where up to eighteen thousand American and Filipino prisoners died or were murdered as they marched sixty-five miles under the most hellish conditions imaginable.
Rather than picturing these defenders as little more than helpless victims of a powerful and sadistic enemy—as have most previous books about the Philippine campaign—Undefeated tells the full story of the remarkable courage and indomitable will that cost the Japanese invaders thousands of casualties on Bataan and Corregidor. Interwoven throughout this gripping narrative are the harrowing personal experiences of dozens of American soldiers, airmen, and Marines. Sloan also provides vivid portraits of the officers who led the American forces, such as General Douglas MacArthur, who escaped to Australia as the situation on Bataan worsened, and General Jonathan Wainwright, who succeeded him as top U.S. commander in the Philippines and himself became a prisoner of the Japanese.
Undefeated chronicles one of the great sagas of World War II—and celebrates a resounding triumph of the human spirit.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Bill Sloan is a respected military historian and the author of more than a dozen books, including Brotherhood of Heroes and The Ultimate Battle. A former investigative reporter and feature writer for the Dallas Times-Herald, where he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Sloan lives in Dallas, Texas.
Table of Contents
1 A $36-a-Month Paradise 1
2 Paradise Lost 24
3 A Black-and-Blue Christmas 49
4 The Last Bridge to Nowhere 75
5 Victory, Retreat, and a Final Charge 100
6 Abandoning the Battling Bastards 125
7 Chaos on a Collapsing Front 149
8 Through One Hell to Another 175
9 The Rock"A Shining Example" 201
10 O'Donnell and Other Horrors 229
11 Hell ShipsVoyages to Oblivion 258
12 EscapeThe Ultimate Revenge 285
13 A Race Between Freedom and Death 312
14 New Lives, Old Scars 338
Sources and Notes 365
What People are Saying About This
"Sloan demonstrates that if captivity is a state of being, defeat is only a state of mind." -Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The well written story deals with WWll with focus on Bataan and Corregidor and on U.S. forces beginning in 1941 through the end of the war. Very detailed account of what our forces experienced during those very dark days as well as a glimmer of what happen as well to the people of the Phillipines. The timeline covers the battle and the afterevents of life as a Japanese POW through the end of the war. Full of interesting facts about the American leaders actions, sucesses, and failures. Heroic men and women faced with insurmountable odds and totally alone as Americans first had to face the threat of Germany in Europe. There are some parts that are hard to read because of the nature of the events but enlightening nonethe less. Understanding these events is necessasy to learn the whole of the U.S, in a world war on 2 fronts and perhaps a precusor to the potential events of the 21st century
Fantastic. Tells the events leading up to and following the battle of Bataan through the accounts of countless eye witnesses and records. Stop reading this review and read this book