A Book Review - Ghosts in the Fog: the Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

July 17, 2012

Seventy years ago, on June 7, 1942, the Japanese army invaded the Aleutian Islands. Three days later, the U.S. government denied that it ever happened. In fact, the battle lasted until August 1943. During that time, the Aleuts (the indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska) were evacuated from their home islands and placed in "ghost towns," usually former mining camps near the Alaskan mainland. Other Aleuts, Americans, and soldiers were captured by the Japanese and sent to prisoner of war camps in Japan. Of the U.S. fighting forces, many died in combat. 

Ghosts in the Fog tells the remarkable story of the battle for the Aleutian Islands. The author Samantha Seiple provides a detailed account of the battle for control and creates an excellent narrative describing the struggles of all sides involved. It’s a part of World War II history that has finally been brought to light.   

Janice S.
Midwest Genealogy Center

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it was wonderful

The author brought out a certain aspect that not many people have heard of. Yes, the book was hard to follow but i still got all the facts about the battle.

a terrible summer read

The book tells a great story but the book is terribly hard to follow and contradicts itself. Not good for righting a paper and doesn't deserve any place in one of my classrooms

Interesting but....

I think the book was interesting, yes it does tell a remarkable story, which many people do not know about. But in my opinion the book was kinda hard to follow. The story that the book tells is amazing, the bad thing is that it is not well explained, it does get boring at some points, and I think the author could have done better.


hard to follow. I feel asleep. It was annoying because the author did not explain anything well enough to her audience which (i assume) consists mainly of school classrooms and other people who are uneducated in military strategies.

This book is actually really

This book is actually really bad and hard to follow.

waste of time

Here to spoil it for you. The book sucks and has no use in an English or history classroom

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