Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

by James M. Scott


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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393246940
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 165,995
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

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.

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I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Pacific war. I was there as a boy of thirteen and lived through the battle. The book describes in detail the many atrocities committed by the Japanese and the devastating artillery fire by the American Army. The eyewitness accounts are superb specially the massacres at De La Salle college and in Intramuros, the walled city. It brought back a lot of memories and once again I thanked God that my parents and I were spared.