Review: MacArthur’s Spies

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MacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II by Peter Eisner

Viking, 2017. Hardcover, 368 pages.Cover: MacArthur's Spies

Hawaii was not the only Pacific island threatened in December, 1941.  Other islands were also attacked, including the Philippines.  The American forces retreated to Bataan and the Japanese invaded Manila on January 2, 1942.  In the months to follow, life for all in those islands was turmoil.  Civilians fled, troops fought until they had nothing left.  Then when surrender came, some chose to fight on and that is the heart of this narrative.

Eisner tells the tale of three individuals who helped to lead this struggle. John Boone, a former enlisted soldier, became a guerilla colonel operating out of the jungle.  His men would stage attacks both in the jungle and in Manila itself.  Claire Fuentes, known to most of the guerilla network…

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