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Title Tower of Skulls A History of the Asia Pacific War Volume I July 1937 May 1942
Author Richard B. Frank
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2020-03-03
Category History
Total Pages 768
ISBN 9781324002116
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An eye-opening, pathbreaking account of the onset of the Asia-Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal. In 1937, the swath of the globe east from India to the Pacific Ocean enclosed half the world’s population, all save a fraction enduring under some form of colonialism. Japan’s onslaught into China that year unleashed a tidal wave of events that fundamentally transformed this region and killed about twenty-five million people. From just two nation states with real sovereignty, Thailand and Japan, and two with compromised sovereignty, China and Mongolia, the region today encompasses at least nineteen major sovereign nations. This extraordinary World War II narrative vividly describes in exquisite detail the battles across this entire region and links those struggles on many levels with their profound twenty-first-century legacies. Beginning with China’s long-neglected years of heroic, costly resistance, Tower of Skulls explodes outward to campaigns including Singapore, the Philippines, the Netherlands East Indies, India, and Burma, as well as across the Pacific to Pearl Harbor. These pages cast penetrating light on how struggles in Europe and Asia merged into a tightly entwined global war. They feature not just battles, but also the sweeping political, economic, and social effects of the war, and are graced with a rich tapestry of individual characters from top-tier political and military figures down to ordinary servicemen, as well as the accounts of civilians of all races and ages. In this first volume of a trilogy, award-winning historian Richard B. Frank draws on rich archival research and recently discovered documentary evidence to tell an epic story that gave birth to the world we live in now.

Tower Of Skulls by Richard Frank

Title Tower of Skulls
Author Richard Frank
Publisher W. W. Norton
Release Date 2020
Category History
Total Pages 768
ISBN 1324002107
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The first book in a new three-volume history of the Asia- Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal.

Empires In The Balance by H.P. Willmott

Title Empires in the Balance
Author H.P. Willmott
Publisher Naval Institute Press
Release Date 2014-07-15
Category History
Total Pages 512
ISBN 9781612517285
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The respected British military historian H. P. Willmott presents the first of a three-volume appraisal of the strategic policies of the countries involved in the Pacific War. Remarkable in its scope and depth of research, his thoughtful analysis covers the whole range of political, economic, military, and naval activity in the Pacific. This first volume comprehensively covers events between December 1941 and April 1942, concluding with the Doolittle Raid on April 18. When published in hardcover in 1982, the book was hailed as an eloquent portrayal of great empires on trial that no one should miss. Willmott's stimulating and original approach to the subject remains unmatched even today.

Guadalcanal by Richard B. Frank

Title Guadalcanal
Author Richard B. Frank
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Release Date 1992
Category History
Total Pages 800
ISBN 0140165614
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A history of the battle at Guadalcanal draws on first-time translations of official Japanese defense accounts and declassified U.S. radio intelligence to recreate this critical campaign. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. NYT.

Operation Storm by John J. Geoghegan

Title Operation Storm
Author John J. Geoghegan
Publisher
Release Date 2014-03
Category History
Total Pages 478
ISBN 9780770435738
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Discusses the top-secret Japanese submarine project in World War II, creating submarines designed to work as underwater aircraft carriers, and the planned attack on U.S. cities that could have changed the outcome of the war. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Tower Of Skulls by Richard B. Frank

Title Tower of Skulls
Author Richard B. Frank
Publisher W. W. Norton
Release Date 2021-03-09
Category
Total Pages 768
ISBN 0393541363
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Macarthur A Biography by Richard B. Frank

Title MacArthur A Biography
Author Richard B. Frank
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2007-07-10
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 224
ISBN 0230610765
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Douglas MacArthur is best remembered for his ability to adapt, a quality that catalyzed his greatest accomplishments. Adaptability has become an indispensable trait for military leadership in an era of technological leaps that guarantee the nature of war will radically change during the span of an ordinary career. One of the first proponents of a new dimension in warfare--the Air Force--MacArthur was also unmatched historically for his management of peace during the U.S. occupation of Japan. For generations to come, MacArthur's legacy will yield profitable--and entertaining--examples to Americans in and out of uniform.

The Kokoda Campaign 1942 by Peter Williams

Title The Kokoda Campaign 1942
Author Peter Williams
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2012-04-23
Category History
Total Pages 324
ISBN 9781107495746
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The fighting on the Kokoda Track in World War II is second only to Gallipoli in the Australian national consciousness. The Kokoda campaign of 1942 has taken on mythical status in Australian military history. According to the legend, Australian soldiers were vastly outnumbered by the Japanese, who suffered great losses in battle and as a result of the harsh conditions of the Kokoda Track. In this important book, Peter Williams seeks to dispel the Kokoda myth. Using extensive research and Japanese sources, he explains what really happened on the Kokoda Track in 1942. Unlike most other books written from an Australian perspective, The Kokoda Campaign 1942: Myth and reality focuses on the strategies, tactics and battle plans of the Japanese and shows that the Australians were in fact rarely outnumbered. For the first time, this book combines narrative with careful analysis to present an undistorted picture of the events of the campaign. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the truth of the Kokoda campaign of 1942.

Pacific War 1931 1945 by Saburo Ienaga

Title Pacific War 1931 1945
Author Saburo Ienaga
Publisher Pantheon
Release Date 2010-06-16
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780307756091
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A portrayal of how and why Japan waged war from 1931-1945 and what life was like for the Japanese people in a society engaged in total war. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fire And Fortitude by John C. McManus

Title Fire and Fortitude
Author John C. McManus
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2019-07-30
Category History
Total Pages 640
ISBN 9780698192768
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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An engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, from the acclaimed author of The Dead and Those About to Die “This eloquent and powerful narrative is military history written the way it should be.”—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian "Out here, mention is seldom seen of the achievements of the Army ground troops," wrote one officer in the fall of 1943, "whereas the Marines are blown up to the skies." Even today, the Marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, a reflection of a well-deserved reputation for valor. Yet the majority of fighting and dying in the war against Japan was done not by Marines but by unsung Army soldiers. John C. McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor—a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war—to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed, at times unsteadily, from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower. At the pinnacle of this richly told story are the generals: Douglas MacArthur, a military autocrat driven by his dysfunctional lust for fame and power; Robert Eichelberger, perhaps the greatest commander in the theater yet consigned to obscurity by MacArthur's jealousy; "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, a prickly soldier miscast in a diplomat's role; and Walter Krueger, a German-born officer who came to lead the largest American ground force in the Pacific. Enriching the narrative are the voices of men otherwise lost to history: the uncelebrated Army grunts who endured stifling temperatures, apocalyptic tropical storms, rampant malaria and other diseases, as well as a fanatical enemy bent on total destruction. This is an essential, ambitious book, the first of two volumes, a compellingly written and boldly revisionist account of a war that reshaped the American military and the globe and continues to resonate today. INCLUDES MAPS AND PHOTOS