Tag Archives: World War II

Book Review: Guam 1941 & 1944

Guam 1941 & 1944: Loss And Reconquest, by Gordon L Rottman One would not normally think of Guam as one of the most obvious military strongpoints of the world, but it has indeed proven to be so in the 20th … Continue reading

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Book Review: Outpost In The North Atlantic: Marines In The Defense Of Iceland

Outpost In The North Atlantic: Marines In The Defense Of Iceland, by James A. Donovan This book is essentially the other side of the story to a post I wrote earlier about the long-term sense of embarrassment that Iceland suffered … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lady And The Panda

The Lady And The Panda: The True Adventures Of The First American Explorer To Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal, by Vicki Constantine Croke This book is an interesting one, because it occurs at a vitally important time, in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Whatever It Took

Whatever It Took: An American Paratrooper’s Extraordinary Memoir of Escape, Survival, And Heroism In The Last Days OF World War II, by Henry Langrehr and Jim DeFelice This book is somewhat extraordinary in that it is the most restrained book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Twilight Of The Gods

Twilight Of The Gods: War In The Western Pacific, 1944-1945,by In W. Toll This is the sort of book where I wish that the author had put the time and effort to name his chapters with the material covered. It … Continue reading

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Book Review: Retribution

Retribution: The Battle For Japan, 1944-45, by Max Hastings How much you appreciate this book will depend in large part upon the extent to which you appreciate the author’s editorializing as he talks about the last year or so of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Killing The Rising Sun

Killing The Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard If you are familiar with this series already [1], you know how this one works. We have a popular history and not a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Engineers Of Victory

Engineers Of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide In The Second World War, by Paul Kennedy This book is not only a history of World War II of a sort, but it is also the sort of book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pacific Air

Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, And Fast Flattops Conquered The Skies In The War With Japan, by David Sears As far as World War II books go, this is a gripping one that seems tailor-made for a film … Continue reading

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Book Review: Building For War

Building For War: The Epic Saga Of The Civilian Contractors And Marines Of Wake Island In World War II, by Bonita Gilbert This book reads in many ways like a Greek tragedy. The reader likely comes into a work like … Continue reading

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