Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Leper Spy
Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II | Ben Montgomery
6 posts | 3 read | 13 to read
The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina who stashed explosives in spare tires, tracked Japanese troop movements, and smuggled maps of fortifications across enemy lines. As the Battle of Manila raged, Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor earned her the Medal of Freedom, but what made her a good spy was also destroying her: leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a nightmarish leper colony and fought for the US government to do something it had never done: welcome a foreigner with leprosy. This brought her celebrity, which she used to publicly speak for other sufferers. However, the notoriety haunted her and she sought a way to disappear. Ben Montgomery now brings Guerrero's heroic accomplishments to light.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
BeverleeWitvoetAbell
post image

Ben Montgomery Skyped with our book club tonight. His passion and candor made me love the book even more. I have read both of his books and can't wait for his next one!!!

3 likes1 comment
quote
BarbaraTheBibliophage
post image

This is what General MacArthur said when the Japanese surrendered during World War II. It's what I hope for us all, now and in the future.

review
BarbaraTheBibliophage
post image
Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was a great book. Think a mashup of stories about war, medical, immigration, and just plain heroism. This woman's life is completely unique, and Montgomery makes it as readable as fiction. But it's not!

#nonfictionchallenge17

Longer review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1912671027

96 likes4 stack adds
quote
BarbaraTheBibliophage
post image

I have a bone to pick with this book so far. At just about 40% read, the amount of time spent on the real-life heroine is minimal. So far it's a LOT of war and battle descriptions. More of Miss Joey, please!

blurb
BarbaraTheBibliophage
post image

Oh yes I did! I took a deep inhale and wow! This book smells good. 😜👃🏻

UwannaPublishme 😁👍🏻 3y
90 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
BarbaraTheBibliophage
post image

This book looks utterly amazing. The #indie bookstore I visited today had signed copies because the author is from this area. The book's about a Filipina who assisted the Allies during WWII. She was able to accomplish so much because the Japanese wouldn't come near her - she had leprosy. Starting it tonight! #nonfictionchallenge17 #TBRTemptation

LeahBergen This sounds amazing. 3y
Cinfhen Cool, I love the uniqueness of this story😍 3y
Cinfhen And that photo on the cover 😍😍 3y
See All 6 Comments
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen @Cinfhen I started it the day I bought it. I hope the war history doesn't dominate the story ... but the personal pages about Joey are definitely interesting! 3y
Cinfhen I await your full review, since you tell it like it is, which I respect and appreciate 🙌🏻 3y
97 likes8 stack adds6 comments