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Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead navigateright Episode
Today’s guest is James M. Scott, the author of Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita and the Battle of Manila which was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Amazon, and Military Times and was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Gilder Lehman Prize for Military History by the New York Historical Society. Please purchase your copy through Amazon or your preferred bookseller.
Before World War II, Manila was a slice of America in Asia, populated with elegant neoclassical buildings, spacious parks, and home to thousands of U.S. 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 vowed to return -and he did in 1945.
Determined to fight to the death, Japanese forces barricaded intersections, converted buildings into fortresses, and booby-trapped stores, graveyards, and even dead bodies. The twenty-nine-day battle to liberate Manila resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that brutalized the civilian population.
More died here than in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. 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.
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