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Book Nook: Angels of the Underground, by Theresa Kaminski

Shortly after the Japanese made their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941 they invaded the Philippines. Those islands had been under American control since the Spanish American War and the US forces there were ill prepared to repel the invasion. The Philippines fell quickly to the Japanese.

In her book "Angels of the Underground - the American Women Who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II" Theresa Kaminski recounts the stories of four American women who remained free on the islands during the Japanese occupation while performing heroic acts that put them in constant danger. 

The author was able to peel back some of the mystery that shrouded their stories to reveal the real women who performed these acts of bravery. They had secrets and flaws and often wildly imaginative cover stories. This book offers readers another view of the exploits of that "greatest generation" that won World War II.

The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by five local library systems in southwest Ohio:  the Greene County Public LibraryWashington-Centerville Public Library, MidPointe Library SystemClark County Public Library and the Dayton Metro Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.