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As Good As Dead


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The heroic story of eleven American POWs who defied certain death in World War II--As Good as Dead is an unforgettable account of the Palawan Massacre survivors and their daring escape.

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Stephen L. Moore, a sixth-generation Texan, is the author of multiple books on World War II and Texas history.



"Equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting, As Good as Dead is an incredible, moving tale told by a master storyteller. Moore's research is impressive, but his remarkable ability to relate the human story of everyday Americans in time of war is what really makes this book so hard to put down. I highly recommend it."-John C. McManus, author of The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

"Meticulously researched and grippingly told, As Good as Dead is a powerful story of brutality, suffering, and the ultimate triumph of the American spirit."-James M. Scott, Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestselling author of Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor

"As Good as Dead tells an almost unbelievable story of cruelty and despair in which ordinary men survived by defiant determination, simply refusing to submit to their apparent fate. Stephen L. Moore tells the story of the Palawan survivors with great skill, and his book should be required reading to gain an understanding of the often neglected war in the Pacific."-Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

"Visceral and heartrending, As Good as Dead details the stirring stories of eleven grimly determined men who-exercising incredible resolve and grit-survived seemingly impossible circumstances. An outstanding and important work."-Jay A. Stout, author of Vanished Hero: The Life, War, and Mysterious Disappearance of America's WWII Strafing King

"Stephen L. Moore shows how the desperate Palawan breakout was just the start of a harrowing escape effort that only eleven men ultimately would survive. . . . As Good as Dead keeps alive a dark, nearly forgotten chapter of World War II history. It also reaffirms Moore's skills as a writer of excellent military books."-The Dallas Morning News


"Moore offers what will soon be ranked a major military classic among the past half century's torrent of books on the Pacific War. . . . A major, first-rate, authoritative contribution to the literature of WWII."-Leatherneck

"A fabulous, memorable re-creation of how the war was experienced . . . Will definitely appeal to anyone with an interest in the carrier wars of World War II."-America in WWII

"Deeply researched and well written, Pacific Payback is by far the most detailed account of USS Enterprise's dive-bombers and their decisive role at the Battle of Midway."-Jonathan Parshall, coauthor of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway

"Stephen L. Moore has done a service to the courageous fliers of Scouting Squadron Six and Bombing Squadron Six. . . . Their bravery during the war's first six months, when the nation needed heroes, should long occupy a premier spot in our nation's history."-John F. Wukovits, author of For Crew and Country and One Square Mile of Hell

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