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Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

James M. Scott

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Norton
06 January 2020
History; Asian history; History of the Americas; Military history; Second World War
Illuminating. . . . An eloquent testament to a doomed city and its people . . . a moving, passionate monument to one of humanity's darkest moments. ? Wall Street Journal By early 1945, General Douglas MacArthur prepared to reclaim Manila, America's Pearl of the Orient, seized by the Japanese in 1942. Convinced that the Japanese would abandon the city as he did, MacArthur planned a victory parade down Dewey Boulevard? but the enemy had other plans. The Japanese were determined to fight to the death, and the battle to liberate Manila resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that brutalized the civilian population? a massacre as horrific as the Rape of Nanking. Drawing from warcrimes testimony, after- action reports, and survivor interviews, Rampage recounts one of the most heartbreaking chapters of Pacific War history.

Powerful narrative history . . . impossible to put down. ? Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times An excellent but wrenchingly graphic account of one of the least commemorated massacres in World War II. ? Richard Frank, Proceedings 16 pages of illustrations; 10 maps
By:   James M. Scott
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   511g
ISBN:   9780393357561
ISBN 10:   0393357562
Pages:   672
Publication Date:   06 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James M. Scott is the author of Rampage, Target Tokyo, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The War Below, and The Attack on the Liberty. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reviews for Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

[A] masterful reconstruction.--Lawrence D. Freedman An excellent but wrenchingly graphic account of one of the least-commemorated massacres in World War II.--Richard B. Frank An incredibly important story told by a gifted journalist-historian. Within the pages of this book, Scott honors the many victims and heroes of the battle and reminds the reader that true evil does exist in the world--and that it absolutely must be fought.--Cody K. Carlson A gripping account of one of the most horrific but least-remembered battles of World War II.... Scott has a knack for weaving stories of individuals into an epic fabric.--Terry Plumb Powerful narrative history... impossible to put down.--Bob Drogin A chilling, sometimes horrifying narrative of some of the fiercest urban fighting of World War II.... Scott gives voices to the victims, and that is an important service to history.--Hal Bernton Heartbreakingly detailed.... [James M.] Scott recreates [what was lost] for us and in so doing gives us a renewed and deeper understanding of the conflict for those who lived it.... This book is not just for war buffs but for anyone seeking to understand the last days of World War II. Scott has done history a service in recording for all time this dark chapter in the Pacific War. Remarkable.... Establishes [Scott] as one of America's preeminent World War II historians.--Gregg Jones Rampage is a horrifyingly unforgettable book.... Reminds us once again that man's inhumanity to man belies the notion of human progress. The massacres in Manila that [Scott] so painstakingly details take their place among the 20th century's most monstrous and lurid crimes.--Francis P. Sempa


  • Short-listed for Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History 2018

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