Ghost Soldiers - Hampton Sides

Ghost Soldiers

By Hampton Sides

  • Release Date: 2001-05-15
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 269 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “The greatest World War II story never told” (Esquire)—an enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March.

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation.

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.


  • Great work.

    By JC1959zzzxx
    This book was a pleasure to read. Hampton Sides is a gifted author who understands how details paint a crisp image in the reader's mind.
  • Excellent

    By Suzdrice
    Great read to learn about what those heroes went through for our freedom. As that generation leaves us, may we never forget their sacrifice.
  • Ghost soldiers

    By ekiersh536
    Great book about American Heroism, both the prisoners and the rescuers!
  • Awesome

    By Sweet super awesome book
    Awesome book because it is so So much detail has no mistakes that's awesome I highly recommend it
  • Amazing story teller

    By Mr Torpe
    This book is so well written. It seems a hard task to try and put into words such a harrowing time in history, but i think the author really hit the mark. This is a story that should be told and retold.
  • Awesome Read

    By Tbush69
    A remarkable story of survival and great personal sacrifice, the Vets. of WWll should never be forgotten for what they gave for their country
  • Riveting

    By carshy
    A truly remarkable narrative that is expertly researched and told in a manner that allows you not only to see the events unfolding but to feel the emotions of the participants.