Some Survived: An Eyewitness Account of the Bataan Death March and the Men Who Lived through It
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Some Survived: An Eyewitness Account of the Bataan Death March and the Men Who Lived through It

by Manny Lawton
     
 

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Manny Lawton was a twenty-three-year-old Army captain on April 8, 1942, when orders came to surrender to the Japanese forces invading the Philippine Islands. The next day, he and his fellow American and Filipino prisoners set out on the infamous Bataan Death March--a forced six-day, sixty-mile trek under a broiling tropical sun during which approximately eleven

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Manny Lawton was a twenty-three-year-old Army captain on April 8, 1942, when orders came to surrender to the Japanese forces invading the Philippine Islands. The next day, he and his fellow American and Filipino prisoners set out on the infamous Bataan Death March--a forced six-day, sixty-mile trek under a broiling tropical sun during which approximately eleven thousand men died or were bayoneted, clubbed, or shot to death by the Japanese. Yet terrible as the Death March was, for Manny Lawton and his comrades it was only the beginning. When the war ended in August 1945, it is estimated that some 57 percent of the American troops who had surrendered on Bataan had perished.

But this is not a chronicle of despair. It is, instead, the story of how men can suffer even the most desperate conditions and, in their will to retain their humanity, triumph over appalling adversity. An epic of quiet heroism, Some Survived is a harrowing, poignant, and inspiring tale that lifts the heart.

Editorial Reviews

St. Petersburg Times
"Some Survived is a story of unrelieved horror, far worse than any fictional tale every imagined...yet it does not convey despair. On the contrary, it is inspirational....It makes one glad to be alive.
St. Petersburg Times
Charleston News & Courier
"Shows that the human spirit can soar like an eagle from the depths of hell on earth."
Charleston News & Courier
From the Publisher
"Shows that the human spirit can soar like an eagle from the depths of hell on earth."
Charleston News & Courier

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565128378
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
01/03/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
535,481
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Manny Lawton graduated from Clemson College and joined the United States Army as an officer in 1940. He spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea before liberation in 1945. He lived in his hometown of Estill, South Carolina, until his death in 1986.

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