World War Ii - East Asia
Storm over Leyte
The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy
Hardcover ISBN: 0451473612
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Keepers of the Keys draws on military records, diaries, declassified intelligence reports and postwar interrogation transcripts in a narrative chronicle of World War II's Battle of Leyte Gulf that illuminates perspectives on both sides of the conflict.
Countdown to Infamy
Paperback ISBN: 0307739740
A history of the attack on Pearl Harbor from a Japanese perspective argues that the nation's leaders largely understood they were destined to lose the war, offering insight into the tradition-obscured belief system that prompted the country to place its citizens in harm's way.
The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
Paperback ISBN: 0307275361
A chronicle of the final year in the Pacific war offers portraits of key figures in the efforts to defeat Japan and discusses such topics as the road to Allied victory, Japan's war against China, and the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Reprint.
Lost in Shangri-La
A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0061988359
?A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush and impenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame with great gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is a true story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew?what an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying read!" ?Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides? Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell?s Lone Survivor, and David Grann?s The Lost City of Z will be captivated by Zuckoff?s masterfully recounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery in jungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.
The Airmen and the Headhunters
A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0156033259
Describes how the American Army crew of a B-24 bomber, shot down over Japanese-occupied Borneo in November 1944 were rescued by native Dayak tribesmen, one-time headhunters who returned to their long-renounced ritual in order to protect the airmen and help bring down one of Japan's final strongholds. Reprint.
The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa
Literature and Memory
Hardcover ISBN: 0415191947
How do the Japanese and Okinawans remember Occupation? How is memory constructed and transmitted? Michael Molasky explores these questions through careful, sensitive readings of literature from mainland Japan and Okinawa. This book sheds light on difficult issues of war, violence, prostitution, colonialism and post-colonialism in the context of the Occupations of Japan and Okinawa.
The Cabanatuan Prison Raid
The Philippines 1945
Paperback ISBN: 1846033993
On January 27, 1945, the 6th Ranger Battalion and the 6th Army Special Reconnaissance Unit (the Alamo Scouts) began the most dangerous and important mission of their careers to rescue 500 American, British and Dutch prisoners-of-war held at a camp near Cabanatuan. This daring plan was fraught with difficulties - the rangers had to struggle with harsh jungle terrain, 30 miles behind enemy lines against a far larger force, knowing that if their secret mission was leaked, the POWs would be massacred by their captors. Yet, with the help of a Filipino guerilla force, they managed to liberate 513 prisoners and kill 225 Japanese in 15 minutes, while only suffering two losses themselves. Relive the dramatic rescue in this action-packed account, complete with bird's eye view and battlescene artwork. Gordon Rottman details the build-up to and execution of the operation, analyzing the difficulties faced and the contribution made by the guerrillas. This is not only a story of extraordinary military success but a compelling tale of courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
Clash of the Carriers
The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0451219562
Provides an in-depth account of the June 1944 clash near the Marianas Islands between the American and Japanese carrier fleets, a confrontation that became the most spectacular aircraft carrier battle in history, drawing on numerous interviews with participants from both sides, as well as official sources to describe the conflict. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Deciphering the Rising Sun
Navy and Marine Corps Codebreakers, Translators, and Interpreters in the Pacific War
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1591142113
Covering the period 1940-45, this work documents the role played by Americans who served as Japanese-language officers in the US Navy and Marine Corps during WWII, focusing on the wartime experiences of the graduates of one of the 14 wartime military Japanese language programs, the Navy Japanese Language School at Boulder. The author argues that their service as code breakers and combat interpreters hastened victory, and that their cross-cultural experience and linguistic knowledge facilitated the successful dismantling of the Japanese empire and the peaceful occupation of Japan. B&w historical photos are included. Dingman taught history at the University of Southern California for 36 years. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0812981650
"J.H. "Billy" Williams always had an affinity for animals. So, when he responded to job offer with the East India Company to work with logging elephants his family wasn't surprised, though worried that he had already come back from World War I in one piece, would he be so lucky with India? Not only did he find his calling with the elephants in India, Billy and his elephants became war heroes. At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, Croke delivers an utterly charming narrative and an important, little-known piece of the legacy of World War II"--