Escape From Davao (Paperback)

The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War

By John D. Lukacs

Dutton Caliber, 9780451234100, 464pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/1/2010)

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Description

One of the greatest Pacific war stories never told. 

On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts—nicknamed the “Davao Dozen”—executed a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious prison camps. Called the "greatest story of the war in the Pacific" by the War Department in 1944, the full account has never been told—until now. A product of years of in-depth research, John D. Lukacs's gripping description of the escape brings this remarkable tale to life. In this remarkable contribution to the realm of WWII POW narrative, Lukacs describes the dramatic escape for a new generation to admire the resourcefulness and patriotism of the men who fought in the Pacific.

“Like the event it covers, Escape from Davao is unique. You are holding in your hands the story of the only successful American group escape from a Japanese camp.”—James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers


About the Author

John D. Lukacs is a writer and historian whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and on ESPN.com.


Praise For Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War

Praise for Escape From Davao

“Like the event it covers, Escape from Davao is unique…You are holding in your hands the story of the only successful American group escape from a Japanese camp.”—James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers

“A remarkable story…Exhaustively researched and superbly written.”—Bill Sloan, author of Brotherhood of Heroes
 
“A fast moving, real-life escape story, and an unexpected chronicle of a fight against censorship.”—Kirkus Reviews

 “Lukacs readily evokes the high tension and strenuous travails of the fugitives’ evasion of enemy patrols en route to evacuations by American submarines…Built from every available research source, Lukacs’ diligent, impassioned history will aid and abet the ever-growing interest in WWII fighting experience.”—Booklist