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The book was a gift from my grandmother, a survivor of Pearl Harbor. I gave the book a good look over and was pulled in to its magnificent content. Sides has yeilded a sword of understanding. He grasped the trauma and horrific conditions of Cabanatuan Camp. The book itself is the product of pure genius. Never have I read a book that gives such vivid detail and is well researched amongst all things. This book is a "must read" to anyone who wishes to understand all sides of the story. Form the Death March to the raid the book holds the reader in a colosal pull of history.
This book is a breath of fresh air, in a time when heroic unsubstantiated war novels fill the shelfs. Hampton Sides not only gives you minute by minute action, but also explores the cultural differences that tore each side apart. Ghost Soldiers is a brilliant collection of real life stories of horror that touches the heart.
It was coincidental that I started reading Ghost Soldiers while visiting Normandy where we were reminded what WWII meant to the people of Normandy, the sacrifices made by its people, and the heroism of each and every Allied soldier. Visiting war memorials and museums there juxtaposed quite poignantly with the powerful and stirring narrative provided by Sides in the book. Interestingly enough, I am a native of San Fernando, Pampanga, a town mentioned in the book where the ghost soldiers were stuffed on trains by their violent Japanese captors. I remember too well the stories told to me as a young girl by my parents and grandmother of the atrocities commmitted by the Japanese in the Philippines. I am glad that such an account of their atrocities and cruelty is faithfully preserved by those who suffered from it and by the intense writing style of Sides. This is a must-read book for those who want to be reminded that violence, whatever its face, will always be a fact of war.
Excellent, the rangers and POW'S are real hero's. Well written, good for history buffs, exciting.
The book seemed like it's good but I like to see and feel what I'm reading
thats why I give you a four!!
I am a Wolrd War II and Vietnam fanatic (not that it's a good thing, liking war) but I've read my share of war books. Even if you're not like me, you'll love this book. There's never a dull moment!
If you are a history buff and enjoy a well told war story this book is for you!