The Great Raid: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor

By William B. Breuer
Read by Patrick Lawlor

9.23 Hours 10/01/2005 unabridged
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Before General Douglas MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of “I shall return” and retake the Philippines from Japanese control, a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place. Captured American soldiers had been held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp for more than thirty-three months. Emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment, a mere 511 POWs remained from the 25,000-strong fighting force that MacArthur had been ordered to abandon on February 23, 1942. On the morning of January 28, 1945, a small band of Army Rangers set out on an audacious and daring rescue effort to penetrate thirty miles into Japanese controlled territory, storm the camp, and escape with the POWs, carrying them if necessary. The Great Raid is a thrilling true-life adventure story and an inspiring testament to American heroism and grit.

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Summary

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Before General Douglas MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of “I shall return” and retake the Philippines from Japanese control, a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place. Captured American soldiers had been held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp for more than thirty-three months. Emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment, a mere 511 POWs remained from the 25,000-strong fighting force that MacArthur had been ordered to abandon on February 23, 1942.

On the morning of January 28, 1945, a small band of Army Rangers set out on an audacious and daring rescue effort to penetrate thirty miles into Japanese controlled territory, storm the camp, and escape with the POWs, carrying them if necessary.

The Great Raid is a thrilling true-life adventure story and an inspiring testament to American heroism and grit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A first-class historian.” Wall Street Journal
“An exciting narrative presented by a first-rate storyteller.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] compelling, action-oriented story, which translates well to audio. Patrick Lawlor capably keeps the story moving.” AudioFile
“The book’s great virtue is that it allows a number of the rapidly diminishing band of survivors of the whole experience to have their say.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: William B. Breuer

William B. Breuer is the acclaimed and award-winning author of thirty-four books focusing on World War II, the CIA, and the FBI, as well as the Korean War. Fourteen of his books have been selections of the Military Book Club. He lives in Cleveland, Tennessee.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English