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"An American hero-long forgotten-finally gets her due in this riveting narrative. You will absolutely love Florence Finch: her grit, her compassion, her fight. This isn't just history; she is a woman for our times." (Keith O'Brien, the New York Times best-selling author of Fly Girls)

The riveting story of an unsung World War II hero who saved countless American lives in the Philippines, told by an award-winning military historian.

When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her Ithaca, NY, neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina native was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, whose courage and sacrifice were unsurpassed in the Pacific War against Japan. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited 50 years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children.

Florence was an unlikely warrior. She relied on her own intelligence and fortitude to survive on her own from the age of seven, facing bigotry as a mixed-race mestiza with the dual heritage of her American serviceman father and Filipina mother.

As the war drew ever closer to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with a dashing American naval intelligence agent, Charles "Bing" Smith. In the wake of Bing's sudden death in battle, Florence transformed from a mild-mannered young wife into a fervent resistance fighter. She conceived a bold plan to divert tons of precious fuel from the Japanese army, which was then sold on the black market to provide desperately needed medicine and food for hundreds of American POWs. In constant peril of arrest and execution, Florence fought to save others, even as the Japanese police closed in. 

With a wealth of original sources including taped interviews, personal journals, and unpublished memoirs, The Indomitable Florence Finch unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. Award-winning military historian and former congressman Robert J. Mrazek brings to light this long-hidden American patriot. The Indomitable Florence Finch is the story of the transcendent bravery of a woman who belongs in America's pantheon of war heroes.

©2020 Robert J. Mrazek (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Thanks to Robert Mrazek's rich and fast-paced narrative, we can add Florence Finch's name to the honor roll of World War II heroes such as Raoul Wallenberg and Oskar Schindler who risked their lives to save others from certain death. Her thrilling story, expertly told by Mrazek, proves that there are still stories of Second World War heroism that remain untold." (Thurston Clarke, author of Pearl Harbor Ghosts and the New York Times best-selling The Last Campaign)

"The richly detailed account of a courageous woman's life." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This soul-stirring story of a true heroine of World War II brought tears to my eyes." (James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom)

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inspiring story well written and read

This is an inspiring story of courage and selflessness amidst the atrocities of war. Written in a way that allows reader to understand the trials without getting dragged down in overwhelming gorry details.

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Amazing story!

This is an incredible story of one incredible woman, a hero, as well as many others who lived and died during this time. The history given in this book is unbelievable. I highly recommend this book!!!

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Incredibly Moving!

Florence Fitch was an honorable member of The Greatest Generation. Her story and Carl Englehart’s story highlight their courage and the sacrifices they made to save the lives of others, ahead of their own best interests. I dare you to read this without shedding tears. This book should be required reading at every high school!