The Epic World War II Story of the Japanese American GIs Who Rescued the Lost Battalion
"The little-known story of a segregated Japanese American unit that rescued a surrounded battalion during World War II...McGaugh captures the horror and humanity of this slog through mud, forest and unrelenting German resistance."—Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review), 10/28/16
"Highly recommended, especially for both personal and public library American History collections."
—Midwest Book Review
"This unit is the most decorated unit for its size in American warfare history...These men are honored by this book and deserve the appreciation of this nation."
—Portland Book Review
"Follows members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team from the United States to Europe, focusing on their rescue of the 'Lost Battalion,' the 1st Battalion of the 141st Infantry. What emerges is a crisp, hyper-focused narrative that profiles the tenacity of both groups of soldiers and their commanding officers against the brutal conditions of war in Europe...[McGaugh] writes intimately about the soldiers of the 44nd...An engrossing read. Through focusing on the 442nd and one particular rescue, McGaugh crafts a deeply personal take that highlights the personal sacrifices and brings to light one of the Japanese American wartime experiences. It reflects their legacy in the best ways."
—Japan Society of Greater Philadelphia
"A well-researched look at an important WWII battle. However, it is also much more. McGaugh's writing is solid and engaging, and he manages to bring the points of view of the American soldier, the Japanese-American soldier, and even the Germans into a much more complete picture than previously produced. This is a testament to the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of the American soldier."
—San Francisco Book Review
"A fine tribute to the hard-fighting men who were a part of the 442nd...An excellent tribute to the Japanese American soldiers who fought and died for their fellow Americans on a forgotten ridge in eastern France."—Collected Miscellany
"[McGaugh's] recounting of the young Japanese American soldiers of the 442nd-the segregated infantry unit exhaustively, dramatically and sensitively explored in Honor Before Glory-could not be more gripping."—Times of San Diego