Some called it paradise

Some Called It Paradise

These are the twilight years of America's colonial experience in the Philippines; 1937-1942 leading to the outbreak of the Pacific War and its impact on the American community in Manila, the Pearl of the Orient.

A furious seafaring adventure revolving around visits to Manila by the mystery ship of a quasi-privateer, and a hidebound widow desperate to acquit herself in a male-dominated business world; her bitter son and his doomed grandmother; a humorously sad British widower; and the tragedy of a young Marine and his island sweetheart.

Their idyllic life in paradise is shattered as war engulfs their country at the edge of the world, the only major U.S. territory seized and held by the Japanese during WW II. Here are the opening stages of the Pacific War, the Japanese invasion, the surrender, the atrocities of Manila and the Bataan Death March; torture and internment of allied civilians at the hands of frenzied conquerors, and a desperate 2000 mile escape and evasion of men, women, and children as Japanese forces encircle the archipelago.

An unforgettably heroic story.

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