bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the
greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid
at Los Baños in the Philippines—a tale of daring, courage, and heroism that
joins the ranks of Ghost Soldiers, Unbroken, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.
1945, as the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew nearer, the Japanese army grew
desperate, and its soldiers guarding U.S. and Allied POWs more sadistic.
Starved, shot and beaten, many of the 2,146 prisoners of the Los Baños prison
camp in the Philippines—most of them American men, women and children—would not
survive much longer unless rescued soon.
concerned about the half-starved and ill-treated prisoners, General Douglas
MacArthur assigned to the 11th Airborne Division a dangerous rescue mission
deep behind enemy lines that became a deadly race against the clock. The Los
Baños raid would become one of the greatest triumphs of that war or any war;
hailed years later by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin
Powell: “I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival
the Los Baños prison raid. It is the textbook operation for all ages and all
personal interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival research,
Rescue at Los Baños tells the story of a remarkable group of prisoners—whose
courage and fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and
cruelty—and of the young American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked
their lives to save them.
“Riveting. ... Opens our eyes to...
amazing bravery in the midst of a greater war. ... Readers [will] be both
shocked by the conditions that POWs had to endure and appreciative of the
bravery and ingenuity of that generation we have come to call the greatest.”
“Bruce Henderson has told a
wonderfully exciting story of one of war’s greatest rescues with verve, style,
and panache. I didn’t even stop for coffee during my reading: it was so
classically unputdownable.” --Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling
author of The Men Who United the States
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