We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan

By | June 21, 2017
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan Author Elizabeth Norman
ISBN-10 0812984846
ISBN-13 9780812984842
Year 2013-10-29
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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In the fall of 1941 the Philippines was a gardenia scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there War was a distant rumor life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars On December 8 all that changed as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon and this paradise became a fiery hell Caught in the raging battle the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel But the worst was yet to come After Bataan and Corregidor fell the nurses were herded into internment camps where they would endure three years of fear brutality and starvation Once liberated they returned to an America that at first celebrated them but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals they clearly deserved Here in letters diaries and riveting firsthand accounts is the story of what really happened during those dark days woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women in war Praise for We Band of Angels Gripping a war story in which the main characters never kill one of the enemy or even shoot at him but are nevertheless heroes Americans today should thank God we had such women Stephen E Ambrose Remarkable and uplifting USA Today Elizabeth M Norman brings a quiet scholarly voice to this narrative In just a little over six months these women had turned from plucky young girls on a mild adventure to authentic heroes Every page of this history is fascinating Carolyn See The Washington Post Riveting poignant and powerful The Dallas Morning News Winner of the Lavinia Dock Award for historical scholarship the American Academy of Nursing National Media Award and the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award

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