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THEY WERE EXPENDABLE.

White, W.L.

ISBN 10: 0151894957 / ISBN 13: 9780151894956
Published by Harcourt, Brace., New York, 1942
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Near fine in very good+ dust jacket. Cut Autograph of actor Robert Montgomery who co-starred with John Wayne in the role of Lt. John "Brick" Brickley on index card laid-into book. (Couple tiny nicks at top edge. Chipping at spine ends on DJ. , without affect to titles. Orange hue on spine of DJ. Mildly faded. Short edge tears in DJ. Previous owner's name & date inked at head of front pastedown. Mild erasure on front endpaper. ) Basis for director John Ford's film that British film director Lindsay Anderson deemed his masterpiece. ; 5 1/2" X 8 1/4"; 309 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 8992

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Title: THEY WERE EXPENDABLE.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace., New York

Publication Date: 1942

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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A national bestseller when it was originally published in 1942 and the subject of a 1945 John Ford film featuring John Wayne, this book offers a thrilling account of the role of the U.S. Navy's Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three during the disastrous Philippine campaign early in World War II. The author uses an unusual, but thorough, spellbinding format to tell the story: an interview with four heroic young participants. Ranked "with the great tales of war" by the Saturday Review of Literature, it is a deeply moving book that describes the four officers' extraordinary exploits from the first appearance of Japanese planes over Manila Bay to the squadron's calamitous end-including getting Gen. Douglas MacArthur safely to Australia.


Filled with action, drama, and history, this unique portrayal of "America's little Dunkirk" was described by the New York Times as being "almost unbearably painful at times, yet so engrossing that few who begin it will be able to put it down until they have finished its adventure-packed pages."

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A national bestseller when it was originally published in 1942 and the subject of a 1945 John Ford film featuring John Wayne, They Were Expendable offers an account of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three's heroic actions during the disastrous Philippine campaign early in World War II. The author uses an unusual and effective format to tell the story: an interview with the four young survivors whose names are forever linked with the tragedy - John Bulkeley, Robert Kelly, Anthony Akers, and George Cox. Deeply moving, it describes Squadron Three's brave exploits, from the first appearance of Japanese planes over Manila Bay to its calamitous end, including a thrilling account of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's escape from Bataan.

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