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 Posted: Tue Sep 25th, 2007 01:08 am
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Ken Burns' series is much better than I imagined it would be. I guess I feared it would be slow, but I don't know why I thought that.

I was pleased that so much of the early war in the Philippines was shown and the Bataan Death March. I lived twelve years in Manila. I knew people who had been in that march or their parents had. Before I lived in the philippines I thought only MAericans were in the forced march, but I learned Filipino civilians, even children and elderly were forced to march. Plus the march was at the hottest and driest time of the year in Luzon.

I also knew some women who were POWS in Manila and had the tatooed numbers on their wrists to prove it. Their stories were harrowing.

The horrors of Guadalcanal were very interesting too.

I like the format of using four US towns as a basis for telling the "story." I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.

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