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The definitive history of one of the most brutal campaigns of the war in the Pacific.   

Before World War II, Manila was a slice of America in Asia, populated with elegant neoclassical buildings, spacious parks, and home to thousands of US servicemen and business executives who enjoyed the relaxed pace of the tropics. The outbreak of the war, however, brought an end to the good life. General Douglas MacArthur, hoping to protect the Pearl of the Orient, declared the Philippine capital an open city and evacuated his forces. The Japanese seized Manila on January 2, 1942, rounding up and interning thousands of Americans.   

MacArthur, who escaped soon after to Australia, famously vowed to return. For nearly three years, he clawed his way north, obsessed with redeeming his promise and turning his earlier defeat into victory. By early 1945, he prepared to liberate Manila, a city whose residents by then faced widespread starvation. Convinced the Japanese would abandon the city as he did, MacArthur planned a victory parade down Dewey Boulevard. But the enemy had other plans. Determined to fight to the death, Japanese marines barricaded intersections, converted buildings into fortresses, and booby-trapped stores, graveyards, and even dead bodies.   

The 29-day battle to liberate Manila resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that brutalized the civilian population. Landmarks were demolished, houses were torched, suspected resistance fighters were tortured and killed, countless women were raped, and their husbands and children were murdered. American troops had no choice but to battle the enemy, floor by floor and even room by room, through schools, hospitals, and even sports stadiums. In the end, an estimated 100,000 civilians lost their lives in a massacre as heinous as the Rape of Nanking.   

Based on extensive research in the United States and the Philippines, including war-crimes testimony, after-action reports, and survivor interviews, Rampage recounts one of the most heartbreaking chapters of Pacific War history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 James M. Scott (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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TRUE CRIME OF PURE HELL

I AM WRITING PART OF THIS REVIEW IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE THE STORY ITSELF SHOUTS FOR JUSTICE IN THE WORST ATROCITY MANILLA FACED BY THE JAPANESE DURING WORLD WAR II.

It is the BEST TRUE CRIME story of the 20th century. Over 500,000 civilians were slaughtered, killed, raped, stabbed and left to die during a four month period in the South Pacific for no reason except FOR THE LOVE OF MURDER!

BEWARE OF THE DESCRIPTIONS AND THE GRUESOME GRAPHIC DETAILS PAINTED IN THE SAGA OF RAMPAGE. It is so detailed that I literally got sick listening to it...yet I could not take my headsets off.

One does not have to be a history buff in order to understand what mankind is capable of. It is the kind of story that all high school students should read or listen to.

I've said this before. THIS IS THE BEST TRUE CRIME BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO. I guess when something better comes along I want to correct my other true crime reviews. It is not for the faint of heart. In fact it is almost X-Rated because the author paints a picture that I probably will never get out of my mind. JAMES M. SCOTT PAINTS TRUE CRIMES OF PURE HELL!

Do not pass this listen up. The characters in this book makes Gacey, Manson, and Jeffery Dalmer look like Boy Scouts.
YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!

THANKS FOR READING MY REVIEW, Steve

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Difficult Story to Hear!

This is an amazing but brutal story of Japan’s atrocities in the Philippines. If you don’t like violence, you won’t enjoy this book, an emotional gripping and gut-wrenching story.

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  • David
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  • 01-18-19

Something not taught in schools.

I knew a bit about what happened through reading articles, but this was an eye opener. I had never really heard how brutal. We have always heard about the Germans but think the Japanese got off easy...

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A gut wrenching history

Rampage is James M Scott's history of the little known Battle of Manila, a catalogue of Japanese army crimes against humanity and a narrative of the subsequent war crimes trial. What becomes clear in this fascinating and gruesome account is how ill-prepared the American forces which for much of the war in the Pacific in which they had fought the enemy in jungles and beaches were for urban combat. General MacArthur' leadership is depicted at the battle as at best distant both literally and figuratively. For much of the Manila campaign the general was headquartered well out side the city, and except for a few quick trips to Santo Tomas and other prisons had little real knowledge of the rapidly deteriorating battle terrain or the obstacles his troops were facing. Instead MacArthur spent time in staff meetings preparing for his celebrated return and planning a victory parade.

The Battle of Manila though rapidly becomes secondary in Scott's narrative as the majority of the Rampage given over to the Japanese army's rapid descent into chaos and barbarism. Toward the end of the battle, the Japanese troops acting on a fear of Manila 's civilian population, racism and General Yamashita's (Like MacArthur, Yamashita's HQ was well outside the city.) indifference causally slaughtered and systematically raped and tortured thousands of helpless civilians. Overall I found Scott's knows his subject well, though I expected more on the battle and tactics. However it was in his quest to "get it all down" that Rampage became for this listener mind numbing as chapter focuses and relentlessly details murder, rape and pillage.