Elephant Company

The Inspiring Story of An Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

Croke, Vicki

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Elephant Company
"At the onset of World War II, [Billy] Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own 'Hannibal Trek,' [becoming] a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781400069330
Branch Call Number: 940.54259 C943e 2014
Characteristics: xiv, 343 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm


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Riveting story of 'Elephant' Bill Williams and his Elephant Company behind Japanese enemy lines during WWII that reads like an Indiana Jones adventure come to life.

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Best book I read in '14 (out of 46). You will enjoy it!


Jan 06, 2015
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really wanted to love this book about Elephant Bill - it has a lot of the right ingredients... but in the end it is just a bit plodding. I loved the details about the elephant personalities, and the connections between Bill and the animals in his care, but the chronological structure of the book is too focused on how Billy Williams got established in Burma and then the narrative peters off just as the drama of the war escalates. Much of the first 2/3 of the book could have been flashback. The material covering the war period is confined to the last section and seems hurried by comparison. Not a bad book, just not a great one.

Nov 22, 2014
  • olemissann rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written story of Billy Williams, his work in Burma with elephants, and their role in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving the lives of countless refugees. Inspirational and heart-warming!

Nov 12, 2014
  • cyrc23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book for anyone who loves animals!!!

Wonderful story though it made me cry. Very well written. One of the best I've read in quite awhile.


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