THEY WERE EXPENDABLE by W. L. White
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THEY WERE EXPENDABLE

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No novel, no news story, no personal experience story of journalist or fighter has came out of this war that stirred me more than this almost baldly simple and record of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 0 in the ill- fated Philippine campaign. Don't miss it! White has the faculty for seeing into men's hearts and minds and souls, he makes the story not his retelling of the story as told him by Kelly and and Akera and Cox, but the man's own story, particularly Kelly's story. Yes, and its Peggy's story too, the story of the gallant young nurse who was at and at Corregidor, and in the seaplane that cracked up on the takeoff. It is a record of a hopeless struggles against impossible odds; it is a story of a miniature American Dunkirk; it is the story of Bataan and Corregidor and the taking off of MacArthur and , and the sinking of a Jap cruiser, of impossible escapes and incredible bravery, of human anger and despair and disillusionment and an undying will to finish the job. An indictment against inadequacies and red tape that should carry a message to every reader. Book of the Month special selection for October.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1942
ISBN: 1557509484
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace