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My uncle was a civilian working on Wake Island when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, then came and captured Wake Island  . Joined: May 21, 2007.

From Taylor's book and from his talk in Beijing, I learned almost unknown facts about Chinese History in World War 2 and the ensuing events following the war that must be told. When Taylor made his escape out of North China, he was flown immediately to the Pentagon. Because Taylor had met and been with the armies of both generals, Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, in his escape across China, he was asked the question, "Who is going to take over China after the war with Japan? Would it be Mao Zedong or Chiang Kai-shek?

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For the first time ever, Bill Taylor shares his story of escape as a prisoner of war during World War II. This biography details Taylor’s astonishing experiences as a prisoner of war, an escapee, a wanderer through a strange land, and his eventual meeting with the famous Communist leader, Mao Zedong. This fascinating and engaging story shares the life of a war hero who was the only World War II prisoner of war to successfully escape, inspiring readers by revealing the personal strength and courageous adventures of a lone survivor.

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Cildorais
By Darrell Stoddard, [email protected]

I knew William Taylor personally and heard him tell his story in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing China before the book was written. Then I learned that he lived less than a mile from my home. The reason Taylor was in China is part of this great saga of survival. Taylor and his wife were in England serving as missionaries for the LDS Church. While in England, Taylor met a man from China and showed him his picture (on the cover of the book) with Mao Zedong. The man from China returned to China where he showed the photo of Taylor and Mao to Chinese government officials in Beijing. They extended an invitation for Taylor and his wife to return, as guests of the government, to China and visit the places where Taylor had been as an escapee from the Japanese prison. It was on that visit that I heard Taylor tell his story.

From Taylor's book and from his talk in Beijing, I learned almost unknown facts about Chinese History in World War 2 and the ensuing events following the war that must be told. When Taylor made his escape out of North China, he was flown immediately to the Pentagon. Because Taylor had met and been with the armies of both generals, Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, in his escape across China, he was asked the question, "Who is going to take over China after the war with Japan? Would it be Mao Zedong or Chiang Kai-shek? Both leaders had armies that were fighting the Japanese and it was common knowledge that there would be a power struggle between the two after the war to see who would rule China.

Taylor's answer was this: The people love Mao Zedong and they hate Chiang Kai-shek. Mao Zedong's soldiers were not allowed to even take a chicken from a peasant without paying for it. Mao and his officers wore the same uniforms and ate the same food as their foot soldiers. In contrast, Chiang Kai-shek was an elitist who held himself above the people. His officers took whatever they wanted from the peasants, wore special uniforms, and ate in separate mess halls.

I know personally the granddaughter of a man who was a general under Chiang Kai-shek. After the war with the Japanese (for the above reasons), he and his brother, who was also a general, switched their allegiance and their armies to join the forces of Mao Zedong. This may be what gave Mao the advantage and he became the leader of China. Mao then evolved from a servant of the people to become one of the most ruthless dictators in all of history; along with two other men from the same period, Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler.

"We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion." As much as any man in history, Mao fulfilled the above words and the words: POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.

William Taylor's book `Rescued by Mao' and the story of his escape from prison is one of the great sagas of survival. It is important because we can never hear too many stories of man's quest for freedom or man's quest for power. These are the forces that have shaped all history and the destiny of man.

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Yar
This book was great. So interesting. We had heard about it when we went to China. We weren't disappointed at all.
Gavinrage
Excellent book! Fantastic story of survival and faith!
FailCrew
WONDERFUL INSPIRING true story that will put life in perspective and bring out the gratitude of anyone and share parts of our history you may not know. A must read!
Balladolbine
Very good book.
Clonanau
My wife bought me this book a few months ago because I enjoy books about military history especially WWII. We also visited China last year and so I was also interested in Chinese history. This book surprised me because it told an excellent and exciting story. The author is not a writer having worked in the construction industry all his life. So the style of writing is not polished or professional. He frequently repeats himself. However this was a book I could not put down. His story is truly amazing. Captured by the Japanese. Imprisoned in China. Escaping from a moving train and traveling long distances alone in Japanese occupied China. Rescued by the Communist forces. Smuggled hundreds of miles on horseback or hiking across hostile terrain. Finally making contact with US Intelligence operatives working with Mao and being flown to their base in Yunan. Throughout the story Taylor is also making a spiritual journey as he grows closer to God through his trials. This story was just as good as Unbroken. The only critique I would have is it should have been better edited. However, as a memoir it is very powerful. I highly recommend this book.
Punind
In 'Rescued By Mao,' author and survivor William Taylor recounts his own experiences as a Wake Island contractor, defender, prisoner of the Japanese and escapee.

Taylor's journey is a lesson in strength, survival, a positive attitude and faith. Most stories, especially those of POWs, reveal a certain 'trick' or 'technique' that these men used to overcome overwhelming experiences. Taylor's was his faith. Taylor found a solid testimony in his original faith in the LDS Church amidst the horrors of the Japanese Capture of Wake Island.

Born to a prominent Mormon family, Taylor lost his way for a time following his father's death during the Great Depression, but a friend and fellow contractor at Wake helped him renew his faith. Beyond Taylor's religious restoration, the story is indeed a well written first-hand account of the American POW experience. Taylor seems to have fared better in Japanese captivity than some of his fellow prisoners, parlaying some of his bad habits for valuable resources like food or clothing.

He gives a fair evaluation of the Japanese who imprisoned him, the Chinese who both helped and hindered his escape and the American leadership that surrendered him along with many less willing others. Taylor gives credit to Commander Winfield Cunningham, the Wake Island Navy commander for the early military successes, but is critical of Admiral Pye, (the interim Pacific Commander following Admiral Kimmel`s dismissal) and his abandonment of the garrison calling him a "complete failure."

The American pre-war intelligence about possible Japanese intentions in the Pacific is also a contentious subject for Taylor. He`s certainly earned the right to criticize, but analysis by scholars like Gregory Urwin and Robert Cressman provide overwhelming evidence of the futility of any planned relief effort for the embattled Wake garrison.

Much of the story revolves around the POW experience. Mao plays only a extraneous role in the story considering the book's title, merely posing for a picture with the author. The real credit for Taylor's rescue should be given Taylor's own self-determination and perhaps even a little Divine Intervention.

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Rescued by Mao: World War II, Wake Island, and My Remarkable Escape to Freedom Across Mainland China download epub
Americas
Author: William Taylor
ISBN: 1933317876
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Silverleaf Press (May 28, 2007)
Pages: 272 pages