I passed your comments through to Peter, and he has furnished this reply:
I read Rampage before meeting the author at a semi elite dinner party given by Lin Bildner at the MacArthur Suite in the Manila Hotel. (I say semi elite due to my own presence there lowering the level.) After the normal pleasantries, Lin opened the topic of the day by saying, “I always thought Yamashita was the bad guy...” Beniting Legarda (RIP) shouted out, “Yamashita was a lying, crooked sonofabitch.” Whereupon I offered, “Well, we can all go home now.”
Now I will say here the two main things I said to James Scott.
1. Jim, I think all historians are duty bound to leave their prejudices at home when writing their books.
2. Jim, your book would be very much improved by removing a single word.
He then asked me what word.
I said that MacArthur never FLED from anything. The use of that word exposed Jim’s bias, and its use also introduced a lie about the general.
Jim said that I was the second person to point that out. The first had been Steve Kwiecinski (recently kicked out of Corregidor by the Corregidor Foundation in violation of its agreement with Steve.)
I think the obvious anti-MacArthur bias hurts the value of the book, which goes into the Atrocities in hellish detail. That part I applaud. And I will add that Jim is a very personable and likable person.
One side note: This book cannot and should not be cited as a reference for the number of civilian deaths that occurred in the battle of Manila. His cited 100,000 refers to the un-referenced choice of Robert Ross Smith.
Personally I cannot see that Manila (with a war time population of say 800,000) having enough victims to fill the Yale Bowl TWICE.
As many massacres as I document in my video, and as many as documented in Rampage, the sum total of their deaths I feel would not reach 50,000.
Choosing the magical RobertRoss Smith number has had the effect of enshrining it in emotion and pseudo history, making it, ultimately, voila, a MEME!
raycoinhound: I sugest all members read this one!!!Fowlerville news and views 11/08/20 page 15.. The article shows Andy age 99 My mother Jackie age 95 and me in the middle age 68> . Andy saw all the paratroopers jump off his distroyer which shelled Corregdor in Feb 1945
Apr 20, 2021 12:06:19 GMT 8
raycoinhound: all members you better read this one.Fowlerville news & Views 11/08/20pg 15. Andy saw the 503 jump into battle on Corregidor. His Distroyer shelled the island and as soon as they stopped down came the 503rd!Andy is 99, my mother 95 and me 68.I take him out
Apr 20, 2021 12:09:58 GMT 8
raven316: Which tin can, my dad was on the USS Crosby, APD 17
Apr 21, 2021 1:55:19 GMT 8
JoAlberto: These are good reads. I am a young girl from Phils very much enthused with Corregidor and its history pre and post war.
Apr 30, 2021 14:20:11 GMT 8
Barbara: My uncle was Spencer Bever, Al and him started this adventure together here in Columbus Ohio...would love to get more direct info about them..thanks...
Jun 8, 2021 6:16:26 GMT 8
Paul Whitman: Barbara - The story of Spencer Bever is told by survivor Al McGrew, his closest friend. They book "Amid Th' Encircling Gloom - Corregidor and Survival" follows their times together until they were split when Al was sent to Japan.
Aug 22, 2021 7:45:49 GMT 8
Paul Whitman: Presently, I am re-working the book for re-release in a large format presentation book. There are 217 mentions of Spence in it. and his drawings.
Aug 22, 2021 7:47:58 GMT 8
JM: hello, may I ask what are the process that authority use to improve or develop the sbfz ?
Aug 31, 2021 0:37:48 GMT 8
EXO: JM - sorry, speculation on SBFZ policy sounds a mite political, and not in our remit.
Sept 19, 2021 6:44:11 GMT 8
Irene Rivera: Hello good day to all, is anyone here who have ideas what happened to"The Battle of the Points during World War II? Thank you
Sept 29, 2021 13:34:32 GMT 8