• Honor Before Glory

  • The Epic World War II Story of the Japanese American GIs Who Rescued the Lost Battalion
  • By: Scott McGaugh
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The gritty and inspiring story of the Japanese American "Go for Broke" regiment that rescued - against all odds - a trapped American battalion and went on to become the most decorated unit of its size in World War II.

On October 24, 1944, more than 200 American soldiers were surrounded by German infantry deep in the Vosges Mountains of Eastern France. When their food, ammunition, and medical supplies ran out, the area's army headquarters turned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit of Japanese American soldiers, to achieve what other units had failed to do: rescue the "lost battalion".

In this riveting narrative, New York Times best-selling historian Scott McGaugh tells the story of the famous soldiers who had volunteered for combat from within America's internment camps. It is a story of a young generation's fight against both the enemy and American prejudice - a story of heroism, sacrifice, and the best America has to offer.

©2016 Scott McGaugh (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Sincere gratitude for the honor, courage and integrity of all of the Japanese/American soldiers who served in WW2

The story of the 442nd Regiment Combat Team is a story which should be read by all Americans. Even though the Japanese/Americans were unforgivable treated by America during the time of WW2 and following years, the loyalty to the country who mistreated them was remarkable. I was personally awed by the courage, selfless service and integrity of these men during their service to their country despite the unforgivable treatment they had endured during WW2 and subsequent years. We as nation owe them our debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they made and endured. As a Vietnam Era veteran I salute them and try to uphold their Honor and Integrity to our country for which many made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of a nation who unfortunately denied them the rights and privileges all other Americans enjoyed. Their story should never be forgotten and untold.

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When will the US finally learn?

The thing that makes the United States a great country is the diversity of backgrounds, races, creeds and cultures that comprise this nation. The evidence is literally written in history books like this one. All the right-wing, Neo-Nazi trash should read books like this until they finally understand how abysmally ignorant they truly are.

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Excellent

Excellent and candid discussion of the 442 RCT. Especially nice was the discussion of events AFTER the end of WWII. Well done, would recommend this audio book to those already familiar with the 442RCT & 100th Batt. Or even for those unfamiliar with the role of AMERICANS of Japanese descent.

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Fantastic

I have watched the 1951 movie “Go for Broke” about the 442…. But that movie doesn’t do this unit the Justice that this book does. The bravery, tenacity but more importantly the “love of country” shown by these men was beyond extraordinary. In the face of racial strife, they stepped forward and fought for a country and a constitution that they believe in, many of whom doing so in the form of the ultimate sacrifice. This book should be required reading in schools and colleges to show what live of country is all about. God Bless these men and their families and more importantly their legacy.

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Great story about incomprehensible bravery

The story was a little tough to follow at times and I wasn’t able to pull it maps to fully understand the situation. I’m going to research this unit and sort this out.

The person side of all the key players before, during and after the war was especially well researched and interesting.

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Very moving story on the 442nd Infantry Regiment

Tells it very real and moving story. Highlights the Nisei Americans who faced discrimination at home and imprisonment of their families in WW2 for being Japanese-American. They still fought for America in most cases better then expected of other American Soldiers of WW2.

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Great Story of Brave Men Who Went Above & Beyond

A great story that deserves to be remembered by every American who values bravery

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Excellent history

Overall I loved this book, but beware it's a bit dry.
I love history and listen to at least 2 or 3 history books per month.
Although I enjoyed the history aspect of this book, it was a very
hard to follow. The author inserted unit and battalion numbers
constantly, making it hard to follow. I found it helpful
to re-listen to large portions a second time.
If you love WW2 history this is a good "should listen to".

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