The Leper Spy

The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD26265
Released: Oct 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781515908050
Narrator/s: Joe Barrett
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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 U.S. 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.


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The Leper Spy
Product Number: BX00052580
Product Number:DD26265
Product Number:Z100117079

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Author(s): Ben Montgomery
Narrator(s): Joe Barrett
Product Number Z100117079
Released: Oct 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515928058

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"Narrator Joe Barrett gives a strong performance in narrating this story of WWII audacity and heroism. Josefina Guerrero, a young Filipina, became a spy for the United States following her country's occupation by the Japanese. Her work for the resistance was helped by her affliction with leprosy. The Japanese were so repulsed by her condition that they would not search her, which allowed her to smuggle information and move with little interference. Barrett's resonant baritone is deep and although it's somewhat gravelly, is still pleasing to the ear. His affectation of individuals' voices is better than he has done in the past but not as strong as his narrative portions. He easily moves through the text and gives a professional presentation throughout this fascinating story. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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