An award-winning story of "power and relevance" ("The New York Times Book Review") that offers the true account of the first American women to prove ...Show synopsisAn award-winning story of "power and relevance" ("The New York Times Book Review") that offers the true account of the first American women to prove their mettle in three years of brutal captivity as POWs in the Philippines during World War II. of photos.Hide synopsis
I wanted to find the story of my 6th grade Sunday School teacher's sister. I didn't even know her name, but I found it, and her picture and her story in the book. I didn't know the "angels" didn't have to go on the "death march" or that they were evacuated to Corregidor. Or that when they tried to get them to Australia, Rosemary Hogan was captured & put in the Manila prison camp. She didn't die until 1966, even though she was one of the few nurses wounded by the Japanese bombing the hospital camp on Bataan.
This is a great first hand view of the events that unfold during the Japanes invasion of the Phillipines. It helps bring into perspective the events that unfold around the December 7th & 8th. Also, add Tears in the Darkness as a complete read of the events that occured on Bataan. Both are by the authur and her husband Micheal Norman.
We Band of Angels, written by a nurse, about nurses in WWII is worth reading if nothing else for the educational content.. The story jumps around alot, and many characters are mentioned with few standing out , making it hard to follow. The endurance of these nurses through their trials and tribulations will amaze the reader.
From the moment, I began to read I was mesmerized. I have been a WWII buff; however, reading the information in this book was just amazing. I learned more from this book than I did from High School History books the interviews from the actual people. I had no idea that Bataan was bombed so few hours after Pearl Harbor. I was so proud of how our men treated the nurses when the battle began, how these women responded to their surroundings and their predicament. I would find myself, reading excerpts to my husband, to my father and my co-workers. Our school books do not teach the truth about McArthur, When those nurses stepped off that plane and began singing the ?Dugout Doug? song, I could almost see them. These women deserve the appropriate metals. I would love to meet these women to show my appreciation of their service and my thanks for how brave they were. To make a reader feel this way after reading the book, you know it was well written and definitely worth reading.
Elizabeth Norman spent YEARS (ten, I think) doing the research AND interviewing to enable her to write this book. The book is meaty because she has spent this considerable time and effort to gather the facts from many different libraries/collections, both public and private. She also did over 30 interviews of those nurses still living at the time of her research - attended their celebrations long afterwards and befriended many of them in the process. This was a "mission" for Elizabeth, and it shows throughout her book. It is a well-researched non-fiction account of the atrocity lived out by those we left to their own devices in the Pacific - while we chased after the War in Europe. It has won accolades, and has a completely referenced set of her sources in the back. Scholarly, yet engaging, this is perhaps the best read concerning this piece of the history surrounding WWII.
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