The Things Our Fathers Saw

Author: Matthew A. Rozell
Publisher: Matthew A. Rozell
ISBN: 0996480005
Release Date: 2015-07-31
Genre: Military history, Modern

World War II in the Pacific Theater, oral histories collected from over 30 U.S. veterans, told in their own words.

The Things Our Fathers Saw

Author: Matthew A. Rozell
Publisher: Matthew A. Rozell
ISBN: 0996480005
Release Date: 2015-07-31
Genre: Military history, Modern

World War II in the Pacific Theater, oral histories collected from over 30 U.S. veterans, told in their own words.

The Things Our Fathers Saw

Author: Matthew A. Rozell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0996480013
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Military history, Modern

World War II in the Pacific Theater, oral histories collected from over 30 U.S. veterans, told in their own words.

Voices of the Pacific

Author: Adam Makos
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101622193
Release Date: 2013-04-02
Genre: History

These are the stories from fifteen WWII Marines, compiled by Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton but left unfiltered and in the words of the Marines who were there. Unflinching, brutal, and relentless, Voices of the Pacific will leave a reader gasping for air and dumbstruck in awe of the old heroes who won the Pacific war with bare hands, bayonets, and guts. The book presents accounts of heroism and honor as told by World War II veterans Sid Phillips, R.V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum—whose exploits were featured in the HBO mini-series The Pacific—and their Marine buddies from the legendary 1st Marine Division. These Marines trace the action from the Pearl Harbor attack and intense boot camp training through battles with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, to their return home after V-J Day. With unflinching honesty, these men reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found—and lost—and the aftermath of the war’s impact on their lives. With unprecedented access to the veterans, never-before-seen photographs, and unpublished memoirs, Makos and Brotherton have forged Voices of the Pacific into an incredible historic record of American bravery and sacrifice.

All the Gallant Men

Author: Donald Stratton
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062645371
Release Date: 2016-11-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR: Donald Stratton, one of the battleship's five living heroes, delivers a "powerful" and "intimate"* eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fight At 8:10 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart. In this extraordinary, never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack—the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona—ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight. Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates—approximately half the American fatalaties at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War. As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaches, Don, a great-grandfather of five and one of six living survivors of the Arizona, offers an unprecedentedly intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history. All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable—and remarkably inspiring—memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years. *Library Journal

The Ultimate Battle

Author: Bill Sloan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743292474
Release Date: 2008-10-14
Genre: History

A narrative account of the large-scale land-sea-air battle during the spring of 1945 profiles the conflict as a sobering clash that was marked by the death of America's highest-ranking officer killed during World War II, the hara-kiri deaths of two top-ranking Japanese commanders, and the deaths of more than 250,000 soldiers, sailors, and civilians. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Greatest Generation Speaks

Author: Tom Brokaw
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780375504631
Release Date: 2000-03-08
Genre: History

"I first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation while I was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin building the world we have today—the people I called the Greatest Generation—it was my way of saying thank you. I felt that this tribute was long overdue, but I was not prepared for the avalanche of letters and responses touched off by that book. Members of that generation were, characteristically, grateful for the attention and modest about their own lives as they shared more remarkable stories about their experiences in the Depression and during the war years. "Their children and grandchildren were eager to share the lessons and insights they gained from the stories they heard about the lives of a generation now passing on too swiftly. They wanted to say thank you in their own way. I had wanted to write a book about America, and now America was writing back. "The letters, many of them written in firm Palmer penmanship on flowered stationery, have given me a much richer understanding not only of those difficult years but also of my own life. They give us new, intensely personal perspectives of a momentous time in our history. They are the voices of a generation that has given so much and wants to share even more. "Some of the letters were written from the front during the war, or from families to their loved ones in harm's way in distant places. There were firsthand accounts of battles and poignant reflections on loneliness, exuberant expressions of love and somber accounts of loss. "It seems that everyone in that generation has something worthwhile to contribute, and so we have included some pages in The Greatest Generation Speaks for others to share memories at once inspirational and instructive. "If we are to heed the past to prepare for the future, we should listen to these quiet voices of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment. I hope more of their stories will be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that we owe them and all that we can learn from them." —Tom Brokaw

Up Front

Author: Bill Mauldin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393050319
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Art

A collection of the work of cartoonist Bill Mauldin reflects his experiences as an enlisted man, in cartoons that capture the humor, boredom, and horror of the common soldier's daily life.

The Miracle of Dunkirk

Author: Walter Lord
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453238509
Release Date: 2012-03-06
Genre: History

The true story of the World War II evacuation portrayed in the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Day of Infamy. In May 1940, the remnants of the French and British armies, broken by Hitler’s blitzkrieg, retreated to Dunkirk. Hemmed in by overwhelming Nazi strength, the 338,000 men gathered on the beach were all that stood between Hitler and Western Europe. Crush them, and the path to Paris and London was clear. Unable to retreat any farther, the Allied soldiers set up defense positions and prayed for deliverance. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an evacuation on May 26, expecting to save no more than a handful of his men. But Britain would not let its soldiers down. Hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and commercial vessels streamed into the Channel to back up the Royal Navy, and in a week nearly the entire army was ferried safely back to England. Based on interviews with hundreds of survivors and told by “a master narrator,” The Miracle of Dunkirk is a striking history of a week when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.).

The Burning of the Piping Rock

Author: Joe Cutshall-King
Publisher: Shires Press
ISBN: 1605710970
Release Date: 2013-12-02
Genre: Fiction

Over a series of weeks in July of 1987, a dying man sits alone in his apartment. Racing against his imminent death, he tape records a tale of blackmail, deception, and double cross involving the mob and New York's social elite. Twenty years later, the tapes are played for the first time and his son listens to his father's unexpected and increasingly horrifying confession of his unwilling ride taken on the night of August 16, 1954. His Father's companion was an arsonist and the two men's destination is the infamous Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs, New York. The Burning of the Piping Rock is set against the backdrop of the US Senator Kefauver's efforts throughout 1949-1951 to destroy the hubs of organized crime in America. This included Saratoga Springs, where America's high society and the mob mingled amidst the glamour of the race track and illegal casinos, yielding a brew of illicit money and corruption. The book is based upon the actual, still-unresolved arson of the Piping Rock Casino. The ride of the two men exposes their very different backgrounds, shaped and misshaped by the Great Depression, the Second World War, and Saratoga Springs. The Burning of the Piping Rock brings them together in a way neither could have predicted . . . or wanted.

That s the Joint

Author: Murray Forman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415969190
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Music

Spanning 25 years of serious writing on hip-hop by noted scholars and mainstream journalists, this comprehensive anthology includes observations and critiques on groundbreaking hip-hop recordings.

Alligator Marines

Author: Donald B. Marshall
Publisher:
ISBN: 1934569208
Release Date: 2013-10-10
Genre: Marines

Second edition, this book has been updated, re-edited, and additional illustrations by the barefoot Marine have been included. This is a book about the 5th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, World War II, three tiny pacific islands, and the story of the 'young men' who became 'legendary men' fighting for their mothers and fathers, flag and country, you and me. It is the real story of Iwo Jima.

War Against War

Author: Michael Kazin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476705927
Release Date: 2017-01-03
Genre: History

The untold story of the movement that came close to keeping the United States out of the First World War. This book is about the Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history’s most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down. In the riveting War Against War, Michael Kazin brings us into the ranks of the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in US history. They came from a variety of backgrounds: wealthy and middle and working class, urban and rural, white and black, Christian and Jewish and atheist. They mounted street demonstrations and popular exhibitions, attracted prominent leaders from the labor and suffrage movements, ran peace candidates for local and federal office, and founded new organizations that endured beyond the cause. For almost three years, they helped prevent Congress from authorizing a massive increase in the size of the US army—a step advocated by ex-president Theodore Roosevelt. Soon after the end of the Great War, most Americans believed it had not been worth fighting. And when its bitter legacy led to the next world war, the warnings of these peace activists turned into a tragic prophecy—and the beginning of a surveillance state that still endures today. War Against War is a dramatic account of a major turning point in the history of the United States and the world.

Hell from the Heavens

Author: John Wukovits
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780306823251
Release Date: 2015-04-07
Genre: History

Looking toward the heavens, the destroyer crew saw what seemed to be the entire Japanese Air Force assembled directly above. Hell was about to be unleashed on them in the largest single-ship kamikaze attack of World War II. On April 16, 1945, the crewmen of the USS Laffey were battle hardened and prepared. They had engaged in combat off the Normandy coast in June 1944. They had been involved in three prior assaults of enemy positions in the Pacific-at Leyte and Lingayen in the Philippines and at Iwo Jima. They had seen kamikazes purposely crash into other destroyers and cruisers in their unit and had seen firsthand the bloody results of those crazed tactics. But nothing could have prepared the crew for this moment-an eighty-minute ordeal in which the single small ship was targeted by no fewer than twenty-two Japanese suicide aircraft. By the time the unprecedented attack on the Laffey was finished, thirty-two sailors lay dead, more than seventy were wounded, and the ship was grievously damaged. Although she lay shrouded in smoke and fire for hours, the Laffey somehow survived, and the gutted American warship limped from Okinawa's shore for home, where the ship and crew would be feted as heroes. Using scores of personal interviews with survivors, the memoirs of crew members, and the sailors' wartime correspondence, historian and author John Wukovits breathes life into the story of this nearly forgotten historic event. The US Navy described the kamikaze attack on the Laffey "as one of the great sea epics of the war." In Hell from the Heavens, the author makes the ordeal of the Laffey and her crew a story for the ages.