Rampage by James M. Scott


In early 1945, General Douglas MacArthur prepared to reclaim Manila, America’s Pearl of the Orient, which had been seized by the Japanese in 1942. Convinced the Japanese would abandon the city, he planned a victory parade down Dewey Boulevard—but the enemy had other plans. The Japanese were determined to fight to the death. The battle to liberate Manila resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that...

Details Rampage

Release DateNov 5th, 2019
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War II, Military, Military History, Military Fiction

Reviews Rampage

  • happy
    With this release, Mr. Scott has delivered a superb look at one of the most brutal and destructive battles in the Pacific Theater in World War II – the American “liberation” of Manila in February of 1945. In telling the story of the liberation, the author also gives some insight to the commanders, MacArthur (MacA) and Yamashita. He tells of just why MacA so loved the Philippines and considered them, esp Manila, his home. He covers the Japan...
  • Steven Z.
    One of the most iconic statements in American military history was uttered by General Douglas MacArthur as he fled the Philippine Island of Corregidor on March 11, 1942 and reached Australia. Upon his arrival, MacArthur remarked that “I came through and I shall return,” a promise he would keep in February 1945, a promise that was kept because of MacArthur’s enormous ego and refusal to accept existing American intelligence estimates concerni...
  • Marc
    In January of 1945, American forces were preparing for the invasion of the island of Luzon in the Philippines, with the ultimate goals of defeating the Japanese in the Philippines and freeing the capital city of Manila. General MacArthur was fairly obsessed with Manila and the Philippines as it held a very special place in his heart and in his family's history. Opposing him was General Yamashita, known as "The Tiger of Malaya" for his earlier cam...
  • Michael
    Less a traditional military history of the Battle of Manila and more of a record of the horrific suffering of the civilian population during the battle where an estimated 100,000 people died, many as the result of Japanese atrocities. Be forewarned this a grim and depressing read. The last section of the book covers the war crimes trial of General Tomoyuki Yamashita and the thorny issue of command accountability. Yamashita was the overall command...
  • Jack H.
    Although World War II in the Pacific had been brutal enough since the United States' entry in December 1941, the last eight months--not even counting Hiroshima and Nagasaki--were truly barbaric. In many respects, the savagery of that war was on full display during the month-long liberation of Manila in early 1945, as amply depicted in "Rampage" by James Scott.In keeping with the book's subtitle, two of the major personalities who were absolutely ...
  • Bob Mobley
    James Scott has written a well-researched and insightful look and examination of Douglas MacArthur’s campaign to free Manila, Philippines, in order to keep his promise and vow to himself, and those who believe in him at Bataan, and Corregidor, and the people of Manila, that “I shall return.” This is more than a military history of this bloody, violent and ruthless battle between Japanese and United States forces. It is a look into the unbel...
  • Tony Bartelme
    James Scott's new book, Rampage, is a stunning and brutally honest look at one of the most important and somewhat-forgotten battles of World War II. As he showed in his previous book, Target Tokyo, Scott is a master at weaving dialogue and psychology into a story that keeps you glued to the page. Great books are often about people's personal struggles amid grand public events, and Rampage is a prime example. Scott's focus is General Douglas MacAr...
  • Emily
    One of the best books I have read, which painstakingly details a battle that I think is often forgotten outside of the S.E. Asian region, or overshadowed by other wartime travesties. Indeed, I did not know anything about the role of Manila in the Pacific War, but Scott's narration and surplus of primary resources had me hooked every page. Definitely deserving of its rank as one of the best books of 2018. Highly recommend especially to those who h...
  • Alan
    I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway. A very detailed and documented accounting of the horrible and devastating battle for the city of Manila. Tragic accounts of the enormous toll in civilian casualties caused by the occupying Japanese forces was horrific and sad. A must read in order to learn and understand the times in which this war took place.
  • Mary
    This was really harrowing to read. To say James M. Scott did extensive research on this gruesome yet comparatively little-known chapter in World War II would be an understatement. “Atrocity” doesn’t even begin to describe the horrible things the Japanese military did.One thing I would have liked to see, however, is accounts from Filipino guerrilla fighters. In this book, Filipinos were portrayed mostly as helpless victims, while the Japanes...
  • Ben
    “ Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila” is an excellent, never before told in this detail, history. Beautifully written and throughly researched history the book is comprised of 500 pages of text and nearly 100 pages of sources and notes. I do wish the book had more maps to depict the battlefield. There are photographs, though. What happened when General MacArthur’s returned, as promised , to his beloved Phillipenes and t...
  • Justin Tapp
    This is apparently the first comprehensive book on the Battle of Manila written by an American author, making it essential to any WWII history buff's shelf. I met the author when he gave a presentation of his work at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, his book contributed greatly to the information that we give visitors about the Battle of Manila. I was aware from other media that times were tough in Manila during the war, but I did not grasp the totali...
  • Brian
    WW2 is marked by great, global tragedy. Some of the most horrific parts are well studied (Holocaust); others have seen some study (Rape of Nanking); others are not as well known. James Scott offers a well written, well researched book that looks at the destruction of Manila in 1945. The Japanese commander in the Philippines, Yamashita (the Tiger of Singapore), gave orders for Japanese troops to remove or destroy all supplies and withdraw from Man...
  • Jeff Francis
    Like with most books, I learned just enough about James M. Scott’s “Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manilla” to know I wanted to read it, and then purposefully avoided any further information before digging in, even the book description (this approach leads to the most rewarding reading experience, IMO). Point being, I went into “Rampage” pretty fresh. For the first quarter or so I was pleasantly impressed by the story ...
  • Stephen
    In general two themes run through Rampage . The first is the indescribable suffering of the civilian population of Manila during the battle. This suffering resulted not only from the deliberate, directed and sadistic efforts of the Japanese troops, but also through the indiscriminate and anonymous destruction caused by US shelling.The second theme is that of command responsibility. Yamashita was tried, found guilty and executed although, per Jam...
  • Steve
    An interesting book about the invasion, occupation, and return of US forces to the Philippines, with a focus on the Battle of Manila. After a brief biography of the two generals, MacArthur, whose extensive ties to Manila I hadn't realized, and Yamashita, this book focuses on the brutal Battle of Manila. I was familiar with the brutality of the Bataan Death March, but the Battle of Manila was worse, destroying the city as the Japanese fought to th...
  • J.P. Mac
    With its emphasis on atrocities, the book examines the butchery committed by Japanese troops against the Filipino population of Manila during the fighting there in February 1945. Brutal as the SS in Poland, the deliberate murder and rape of civilians is augmented by the haphazard rain of artillery fire employed by the attacking Americans. Survival in certain neighborhoods was problematic and whole families up to several generations were annihilat...
  • Todd
    This book tells the story of the battle for Manila in an easy-to-read manner. It tells a story with enough detail and description without becoming cumbersome. Around page 400 the author begins to tell how MacArthur was saddened after seeing what he'd lost in his former residence. That's part of the story and this isn't a criticism of the book, it's more a criticism of MacArthur that he felt saddened by losing a few material items which doesn't co...
  • Steve
    Just like his previous book I have read Target Tokyo, This one did not disappoint. A very interesting as well as a great read. This book focuses on the Japanese occupation of Manila during World War II after Douglas MacArthur fled to Australia in 1942, But two years later returned to liberate the Philippines. This book describes and sometimes in horrific detail the barbaric acts of Japanese soldiers to the Filipinos as well as American and Filipi...
  • bibliotekker Holman
    At a time when autocrats and neo-fascists are once again stepping onto the world stage with boldness, we need to be reminded of the horror and catastrophe that engulfed the world not so many years ago. Manila, in many ways at that time an American city, was literally flattened by the struggle that ensued between Japanese and American forces. The catalog of atrocity and destruction recounted within this book becomes somewhat repetitive, but it sea...
  • Jeffrey Edwards
    I spend a lot of time in Manila, and it was interesting to learn the extent of the destruction of the downtown areas l mostly frequent. The ordeals of the internees is covered in get deals, as are the Japanese atrocities. I knew the Yamashita was hung, but was totally unaware of the The trial proceedings, and the fact that it was eventually taken to SCOTUS. An excellent read for any interested in the Pacific Theater of WWII.
  • Anthony Nelson
    Meticulously detailed and relentlessly horrifying, this narrative details the massacre of civilians and prisoners of war that occurred during the battle for Manila at the end of World War II. I rated it four stars as an achievement of research, but I don't know that I would recommend it as reading it is a grim cavalcade of atrocity.
  • Erik Ryberg
    This book does complement, in a way, Iris Chang's "Rape of Nanking". Similar theme and stories told with Scott concluding with the trial of Yamashita, which to Scott's credit, he does not involve his own opinion in as it is a very gray zone. Many sad stories of murdered civilians and less focus on Yamashita and Macarthur which benefits the story to be told.
  • Ryan Panzer
    Grisly and shocking, Rampage tells the brutal history behind the destruction of the Pearl of the Orient. Scott vividly depicts Yamashita and MacArthur in an epic clash of two of the war's strongest personalities. Important reading for anyone who would understand the Pacific Theater.
  • Rob Alexander
    Sobering, heartbreaking, compelling. The battle of Manila is most usually only briefly mentioned or described in most histories of the Pacific war. This in-depth depiction of the horrors that took place and the unbelievable destruction of that city is a must read for students of WWII.
  • Logan Young
    Outstanding history of a corner of the Second World War that often goes overlooked - MacArthur’s return to the Philippines and the unimaginable suffering of the inhabitants of Manila as well as the international civilian internees.
  • Gregory
    I found this tough going. I wanted and expected more of a military history. Instead, this is mostly a catalog of murder, mutilation, rape, torture, starvation, and other terrible atrocities. It clearly was a horrific battle and over 100,000 Filipinos died during this struggle in 1945.
  • Stephen Douglas Rowland
    3. Scott's melodramatic, novel-like style is a bit annoying and manipulative, but as far as detailing atrocities, he doesn't try to make anything more palatable. The result is an immensely disturbing work of history, one I would definitely recommend, but only to certain types of people. 3½. Scott's melodramatic, novel-like style is a bit annoying and manipulative, but as far as detailing atrocities, he doesn't try to make anything more palatab...
  • Jonathan
    This is a great book and should be read by anyone hoping to gain more insight into the final, horrific months of the war in the pacific. That being said, the heart-wrenching brutality recorded in these pages make this one of the most difficult books to get through I’ve ever read.
  • Jeff
    A very well researched and written book. A brutal and horrific book. A book that should be read.