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Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II
     

Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II

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by Larry Alexander
 

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From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of A Higher Call, an up-close-and-personal account of the Alamo Scouts in World War II.
 
Determined to retake the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands,

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From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of A Higher Call, an up-close-and-personal account of the Alamo Scouts in World War II.
 
Determined to retake the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 soldiers were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but incredibly, the Alamo Scouts were a valuable success.
 
Acclaimed author Larry Alexander follows the men who made up the elite recon unit that served as General MacArthur's eyes and ears during the Pacific War. Drawing from personal interviews and testimonies from Scout veterans, Alexander weaves together the tales of the individual Scouts, who often spent weeks behind enemy lines to complete their missions. Now, more than seventy years after the war, the story of the Alamo Scouts will finally be told.

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The little-known Alamo Scouts were formed by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as an elite unit shortly after defeat in the Philippines in 1942 and charged with gathering intelligence, reporting on conditions in the occupied areas, and rescuing prisoners and hostages from the Japanese. They completed 108 missions behind enemy lines. Alexander (Biggest Brother) has a story-telling style that makes this account, based largely on memoirs and interviews with the now elderly surviving Scouts, an easy read. For those reading comprehensively on the war in the Pacific.
—Edwin Burgess

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"One of those rare works of nonfiction that does indeed read like a novel and also sheds light on a heroic and almost unknown group of men." ---Michael Korda, New York Times bestselling author of Ike: An American Hero

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229137
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
552,332
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"One of those rare works of nonfiction that does indeed read like a novel and also sheds light on a heroic and almost unknown group of men." —-Michael Korda, New York Times bestselling author of Ike: An American Hero

Meet the Author

Larry Alexander is a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the author of the national bestseller Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers.

Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. He has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. One of the Alamo Scouts was a long time family friend which also made this book more meaningful to me.
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