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"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

Publisher: NAL Caliber/Penguin Random House Books, New York
368 pages, including index, appendices, 50-plus photos and maps
Military History, Non-fiction, World War II. Price: $27.00

"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." Dallas Morning News


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"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


The cliff below Palawan camp


"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

McDole and Smitty reunited


"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."
—Lt. Col. Jay A. Stout, Author of Vanished Hero: The Life, War, and Mysterious Disappearance of America’s WWII Strafing King

"An exciting, readable story of how these men overcame the odds against them. It is an astonishing tale of human endurance and willpower."
WWII History Magazine, April 2017

Palawan victims unearthed