GIVEN UP FOR DEAD AMERICA'S HEROIC STAND AT WAKE ISLAND by Bill Sloan
This nonfiction book details the struggles of a small garrison of Marines, sailors, and civilians fighting against the Japanese on Wake Island. After Pearl Harbor was bombed the next big battle site was Wake Island which is in the Pacific Ocean fairly close to Japan. It was December 8, 1941 when this U.S. outpost was attacked by the Japanese. For sixteen days the tiny group on Wake Island fought off thousands of Japanese that stormed the island. Finally, the Americans surrendered and thus began nearly four years of being POW's. This gripping account gives details of the sixteen days of fighting, the POW years and what became of the various Marines involved. I give these brave men a lot of credit for their bravery!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library