I knew the general story of the Bataan Death March and the fall of the Philippines--but had no idea of the degree of cruelty inflicted on Americans and Filipinos by the Japanese on Bataan. The story is disturbing in parts because of the horrors inflicted by the Japanese. It also gives me a new perspective on the decision to use atomic weapons against the Japanese--Roosevelt presumably knew much of what had happened in Bataan, and elsewhere in the Pacific; and knowing even half of what is in the book would have made his decision to authorize the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a lot easier to justify and more difficult to criticize. Not a criticism, but the book does focus largely on the American soldiers on Bataan; but 80% of the prisoners/casualties were Filipinos.
I was always more interested in the European theater of WWII, so I had very little knowledge of the Bataan Death March. This book is so incredibly insightful and almost impossible to stop listening to.
The narration seemed a little forced at first, but it got a lot better. This book reads more like a story than a history paper and keeps you riveted.
If you like WWII history, or just a really good story, this is a must listen!
Only 3 stars because of the awful narration. I agree with those who said there was much too much detail.
I don't consider this a man's book because I'm a woman but have always been interested in war history.
It's a good book but really suffers from the narration.
Even though I was familiar with the Bataan Death March and have read other books on the subject, I was still deeply affected by this book. The atrocities that were committed, and the sheer scope of these events really puts a new perspective on WW
II. I was glad the authors followed Ben Steel's life after the war; he is an amazing survivor. A great read, although not my favorite narrator.
This was a well told, heartbreaking story about what went on in the Phillipines during the second World War. While the American prisoners of war suffered beyond belief, it was a tragedy for all. The Norman's words, coupled with a super narration by Michael Prichard make you feel as if you are there.
An Amazing story. I've listened to other books about this subject, but really enjoyed this version. The characters and story line flow wonderfully. It's amazing what people can overcome and live through. I lived in the Philipines for a short time and it brought back memories of the area. There is a rich history there that most people just don't know about.
the book was such an eye opener..i travel to the philippines evey year as my husband was born there..i will never see that part of the world in the same light...inhumane treatment of the p.o.w.s
I am a widow and mother of 2 grown up daughters. I listen to audibles every night at least 1 to 2 hrs. It relaxes me and I get to tell my girls about it. I love this activity. It keeps me out of trouble.
Vivid story telling of Bataan death march and
its brave people.
This book show that not all cultures have the same values as Americans. You can not judge other cultures by the same standards as we judge ourselves.
Very informative! Now I know why no American POW that was on the Death march ever owned a Japanise car.