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: 9780425257838
Release Date: 2014-01-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Based on interviews with veterans and unpublished memoirs tells the true stories of twenty marines during World War II, from the attacks on Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal, Okinawa, and their return home after V-J Day. 40,000 first printing.

The Final Storm

Author: Jeff Shaara
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345526430
Release Date: 2011-05-17
Genre: Fiction

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With the war in Europe winding down in the spring of 1945, the United States turns its vast military resources toward a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan—the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle in the Pacific theater will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire Second World War, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender. Meanwhile, stateside, a different kind of campaign is being waged in secret: the development of a weapon so powerful, not even the scientists who build it know just what they are about to unleash. Colonel Paul Tibbets, one of the finest bomber pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps, is selected to lead the mission to drop the horrific new weapon on a Japanese city. As President Harry S Truman mulls his options and Japanese physician Okiro Hamishita cares for patients at a clinic near Hiroshima, citizens on the home front await the day of reckoning that everyone knows is coming.

The Forgotten 500

Author: Gregory A. Freeman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0451224957
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

Draws on recently declassified documents and exclusive interviews to recount the dramatic story of a World War II rescue mission in 1944 during which the OSS embarked on a daring scheme to recover more than five hundred airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Reprint.

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

Drugs

Author: Terry Brown
Publisher: Franklin Watts
ISBN: 074962177X
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Substance abuse

Explores the various measures being taken to control the spread of drug abuse. Describes the history of drug use and discusses the debate surrounding the subject. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

Islands of Destiny

Author: John Prados
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780451414823
Release Date: 2013
Genre: History

Describes the battles that took place in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific during World War II and offers a theory that credits these battles with being as great a turning point as the Battle of Midway. 30,000 first printing.

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 Second World Wars

Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465093199
Release Date: 2017-10-17
Genre: History

A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya. The Second World Wars examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory. An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, The Second World Wars offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.

Unbroken

Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 9781400064168
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the soul surviver when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II and had to face thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. By the #1 best-selling author of Seabiscuit. 200,000 first printing.

We Band of Angels

Author: Elizabeth M. Norman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780671787189
Release Date: 2000-05-01
Genre: History

Celebrates the heroism of the Army and Navy nurses imprisoned for three years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

D Day Survivor

Author: Harold Baumgarten
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN: 158980421X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A member of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division, veteran Harold "Hal" Baumgarten gives his firsthand account of the June 6, 1944, landing on Dog Green sector of Omaha Beach. A multidecorated hero, Baumgarten was wounded five times before being evacuated. In 1991, he served as a consultant for the filming of the WWII movie Saving Private Ryan.

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.