The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385495653, 384pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2002
In Ghost Soldiers 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, Ghost Soldiers 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.
“[Sides] liberates his story from documentary and turns it into epic. . . . More than any monument, Ghost Soldiers is the memorial both prisoners and liberators deserve.” —The Seattle Times
“The greatest World War II story never told.” —Esquire
“[A] beautiful account of heroism . . . Sure to be a classic.” —Men’s Journal
“Riveting and patriotically stirring without ever slipping into mawkishness or sentimentality.” —The New York Times
“Thoroughly researched and artfully told. . . . A compelling story filled with colorful characters.” —The San Francisco Chronicle