The Allied Race to Victory in the Philippines
In this program, authors and historians James Scott, Hampton Sides and John McManus will discuss the Japanese occupation of the Philippines and campaign to retake the island nation in WWII.
In September of 1944, the US began the assault to retake the Philippines. The island nation was lost in 1942 when the Japanese defeated a joint force of Americans and Filipinos, forcing General Douglas MacArthur to flee the island with a promise to return. The campaign to retake the Philippines would be the largest campaign against the Japanese in the pacific, beginning with soldiers and marines landing at Peleliu in September. Following their success, soldiers advanced on the Philippine island of Leyte in October, landing on the largest island of Luzon in January.
JAMES M. SCOTT is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, as well as the author of Rampage, which was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the editors at Amazon, Kirkus and Military Times and was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History by the New York Historical Society. His other works include Target Tokyo, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The War Below and The Attack on the Liberty, which won the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Scott lives with his wife and two children in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
HAMPTON SIDES is the author of In the Kingdom of Ice, Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, and other bestselling works of narrative history and literary non-fiction. His newest work, On Desperate Ground, will be published by Doubleday this October. Hampton is an editor-at-large for Outside magazine. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice named a Finalist for the National Magazine Awards in feature writing. A recent fellow of the Santa Fe Institute, he teaches literary journalism and narrative history at Colorado College. A native of Memphis with a BA in history from Yale, he lives in Santa Fe with his wife Anne.
JOHN C. McMANUS is an award-winning professor, author, and military historian. He is one of America’s leading experts on the history of modern American soldiers in combat and he has written numerous well received books on the subject. He is a Curators’ Professor of U.S. military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) which is one of four campuses that comprise the University of Missouri system. He frequently serves as an expert for documentaries. A veteran of many battlefield tours, he has traveled thousands of miles to give lectures on military history, and research the realities of combat for American soldiers.