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Given Up for Dead by Bill Sloan
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Given Up for Dead by Bill Sloan
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Jan 29, 2008 | ISBN 9780553585674

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“A thoroughly researched, cleanly written blend of history, narrative, and professional insight that cannot help but move you.”—James Webb, author of Fields of Fire and The Emperor’s General

Given Up for Dead is the riveting account of a small garrison of Marines, sailors, and civilian workers who handed the Japanese their first defear of World War II in the Pacific. It is poignant, solidly researched, and told with brilliance and sensitivity. My hope is that this book will serve as a lasting tribute to a remarkable and heroic group of men.”—General P. X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps

"Drawing on the memories of a rapidly dwindling number of American (and a couple of Japanese) veterans … [Given Up For Dead is] a blood and guts tale from the early days of WWII."—Kirkus Reviews

“Highly readable…exhaustively reported and researched, moves at a pace that screams.”—Marine Corps Times

Given Up for Dead is a welcome find…. It is the 15 days of siege forming the core of the book that most readers are quite likely to remember most vividly…. By producing a nuanced account instead of a jingoistic, gung-ho glorification of a distant battle in a long-ago war, Sloan has added a valuable book to World War II literature."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Given Up for Dead is especially effective in telling the story of the individuals caught up in the battle…. A dramatic recounting of those desperate days of December 1941 when a small island and the courage of its few defenders momentarily held the attention of a proud and grateful country. "—Dallas Morning News

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