Bataan Death March: World War II Prisoners in the Pacific

Overview

In April 1942, during World War II, tens of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of the Japanese were forced to march miles and miles on their way to a prison camp in the Philippines. They experienced almost unimaginably horrible conditions: tropical heat, disease, torture, near-starvation, dehydration, and the sight of their fellow prisoners being brutally killed. Only about 50,000 men of the original 70,000 survived the Bataan Death March, one of the most shocking ...
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Overview

In April 1942, during World War II, tens of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of the Japanese were forced to march miles and miles on their way to a prison camp in the Philippines. They experienced almost unimaginably horrible conditions: tropical heat, disease, torture, near-starvation, dehydration, and the sight of their fellow prisoners being brutally killed. Only about 50,000 men of the original 70,000 survived the Bataan Death March, one of the most shocking events of the war.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Students of history would do well to pick up this middle-grade nonfiction account of the treatment of American and Filipino prisoner of war soldiers on the Philippine Islands during World War II. Focusing on the Bataan Death March, this account tells the horrific tale of over 70,000 Allied troops who were forced by their Japanese captors to march sixty miles in searing heat with little to no water, food, or medical care. While the story of the prisoners of war is the focus, interspersed chapters provide historical context on the battles waging beyond Bataan in the Pacific Theater. Sparing no detail, but restraining from gruesome overkill, the text gives readers a picture of the terrible conditions of the camps, the brutal treatment by the guards, and the medical experiments that later came to light during the war crimes trials conducted by the Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo. Beyond being well-written, the book includes snapshots and vignettes from surviving prisoners personalizing this already searing account. Part of the "Snapshots in History" series, the text is written at a sixth to eighth grade reading level but has an interest level far beyond that. An extensive timeline is included, along with source notes, a glossary, bibliography, index, and lists of both print and Internet resources for further reading. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756540951
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Snapshots in History Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Greenberger began his career at Starlog Press. He then joined DC Comics as an assistant editor, and eventually became Manager of Editorial Operations. In 2000, Bob became a Producer at Gist Communications, but then returned to comics in 2001 as Marvel's Director of Publishing Operations. In 2002, he went back to DC Comics as a Senior Editor in its collected editions department. Bob joined Weekly World News as Managing Editor until its end in 2007. Since then, he has been a fulltime freelance writer and editor. Bob has written numerous Star Trek novels and many short works of fiction, including last year's The Essential Batman Encyclopedia, and his new book Batman Vault will be published in the near future. Bob lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife Deb and their dog Dixie.
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Table of Contents

Walking On 8

The Fall of Bataan 16

The Death March 32

Imprisoned 46

Moving to Cabanatuan 54

The Great Raid 62

War Crimes Trials 70

The Survivors 78

Timeline 86

On the Web 89

Glossary 90

Source Notes 91

Select Bibliography/Further Reading 93

Index 94

About the Author/Image Credits 96

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