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The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor

Before General MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of "I shall return" and retake the Philippines from Japanese control, a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place. Captured American soldiers, emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment, were still being held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp. A small band of Army Rangers set out on a daring rescue effort: to penetrate thirty miles into Japanese-controlled territory, storm the camp, and escape with the POWs...
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Publisher's Summary

Before General MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of "I shall return" and retake the Philippines from Japanese control, a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place. Captured American soldiers, emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment, were still being held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp. A small band of Army Rangers set out on a daring rescue effort: to penetrate thirty miles into Japanese-controlled territory, storm the camp, and escape with the POWs, carrying them if necessary.

Breuer recounts in searing, meticulous detail the full story of this thrilling true-life adventure and inspiring testament to American heroism and grit.

©1994 William B. Breuer; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"An exciting narrative presented by a first-rate storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)
"The book's great virtue is that it allows a number of the rapidly diminishing band of survivors of the whole experience to have their say." (Booklist)

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    P. Bogert Southeastern PA, USA 11-08-05
    P. Bogert Southeastern PA, USA 11-08-05 Member Since 2002

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    "A Great Story"

    The quality of the narration and the gripping nature of the story of the rescue of several hundred American POW's made this one of the best audible books I've listened to in the last few years. Higly, highly recommended for WWII buffs as well as for those who like an adventure.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 02-12-09
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 02-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A story which must not be forgotten!"

    I downloaded this book after viewing a documentary about the raid on Cabanatuan. The movie left me wanting more detail, and this title wonderfully provided it. The story of Bataan and the eventual rescue is rivetting. Patrick Lawlor is an excellent narrator for this type of story. Listen!!!! This one's a winner!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 10-17-06
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 10-17-06 Member Since 2006
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    "OK for WWII fans"

    I read this after reading Ghost Soldiers, one of the best WWII books I have read, so it was kind of a let down. It did give a different perspective on Raid. Ghost Solders was more about the raid itself, where this book talked more about the camp and the under ground that help the prisoners.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm just this guy, y'know?

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    "The Other Side Of "I Shall Return""

    This is an amazing story. I particularly enjoyed the parts about the Filipino Resistance to the occupation and their efforts to help the POW's at great cost and personal risk. Heroism abounds...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Mission Viejo, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Justin Mission Viejo, CA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Learned so much and was captivated by the story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because there's so much that is untaught in US schools about the liberation of the Philippines in WW2. Was amazing to hear about everything that happened. Was shocked that I learned nothing of it until now. I'm so happy that I randomly decided to listen to this audio book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I shall return!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Craig 11-08-14
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    "A terrific story of heroism, courage, and patriots"
    Where does The Great Raid on Cabanatuan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What other book might you compare The Great Raid on Cabanatuan to and why?

    Ghost Soldiers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening of the actual raid


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, just a great job on all parts


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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