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The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942
The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign
Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942
Paperback      ISBN: 1591144728

From huddled command conferences to cramped cockpits, John Lundstrom guides readers through the maelstrom of air combat at Guadalcanal in this impressively researched sequel to his earlier study. Picking up the story after Midway, the author presents a scrupulously accurate account of what happened, describing in rich detail the actual planes and pilots pitted in the ferocious battles that helped turn the tide of war. Based on correspondence with 150 American and Japanese veterans, or their families, he reveals the thoughts, pressures, and fears of the airmen and their crews as he reconstructs the battles. These are the story of the Wildcat and Zero fighters, and the Dauntless, Avenger, Betty, Kate, and Val bombers. Lavishly illustrated with drawings, maps, and photographs, this fresh look at the campaign set a standard for aviation histories when first published in 1994.

Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
Hardcover      ISBN: 1585673455

Filled with evocative photographs and reproductions from Hitler's 1925 sketchbook, "Spotts's study of the Fuhrer's fascination with architecture, painting, sculpture, and music is ...elegantly composed and richly documented" (The New Yorker).
Mystery Man: William Rhodes Davis
Mystery Man
William Rhodes Davis
Hardcover      ISBN: 1574881817

This revealing book details how powerful American, British, and Mexican business and political leaders helped a talented and complex American serve Hitler.

The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
The Terrible Hours
The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0060932775

On the eve of World War II, the Squalus, America's newest submarine, plunged into the North Atlantic. Miraculously, thirty-three crew members still survived. While their loved ones waited in unbearable tension on shore, their ultimate fate would depend upon one man, U.S. Navy officer Charles Swede Momsen -- an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist, and man of action. In this thrilling true narrative, prize-winning author Peter Maas brings us in the vivid detail a moment-by-moment account of the disaster and the man at its center. Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave? Or had all his pioneering work been in vain?

War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945
War Plan Orange
The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 1591145007

Based on twenty years of research in formerly secret archives, this book reveals for the first time the full significance of War Plan Orange--the U.S. Navy's strategy to defeat Japan, formulated over the forty years prior to World War II.

First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
First to Fight
An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
Paperback      ISBN: 1557504644
Required Reading Marine Corps Professional Reading Program

Bluejacket Paperback Book Series

In this riveting insider's chronicle, legendary Marine General Brute Krulak submits an unprecedented examination of U.S. Marines--their fights on the battlefield and off, their extraordinary esprit de corps. Deftly blending history with autobiography, action with analysis, and separating fact from fable, General Krulak touches the very essence of the Corps: what it means to be a Marine and the reason behind its consistently outstanding performance and reputation.

Krulak also addresses the most basic but challenging question of all about the Corps: how does it manage to survive--even to flourish--despite overwhelming political odds and, as the general writes, an extraordinary propensity for shooting itself in the foot? To answer this question Krulak examines the foundation on which the Corps is built, a system of intense loyalty to God, to country, and to other Marines. He also takes a close look at Marines in war, offering challenging accounts of their experiences in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In addition, he describes the Corps's relationship to other services, especially during the unification battles following World War II, and offers new insights into the decision-making process in times of crisis. First published in hardcover in 1984, this book has remained popular ever since with Marines of every rank.

On the Road to the Wolf's Lair: German Resistance to Hitler
On the Road to the Wolf's Lair
German Resistance to Hitler
Hardcover      ISBN: 0674636805

Why did high-ranking German army officers, civil servants and religious leaders support Hitler and why did they ultimately turn against him? The author contends that these men were overwhelmed by guilt and contrition as he examines their contribution to the fall of the Third Reich.

The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War
The Two-Ocean War
A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War
Paperback      ISBN: 1591145244

Originally published in 1963, this classic, single-volume history draws on Morison's definitive 15-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. More than a condensation, The Two-Ocean War highlights the major components of the larger work: the preparation for war, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the long war of attrition between submarines and convoys in the Atlantic, the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, the long grind of Guadalcanal, the leapfrogging campaigns among the Pacific islands, the invasion of continental Europe, the blazes of glory at Leyte and Okinawa, and the final, grudging surrender of the Japanese.

The Nightmare Years 1930-1940
The Nightmare Years 1930-1940
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316787035
1421: The Year China Discovered America
1421
The Year China Discovered America
Paperback      ISBN: 0061564893

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas. When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in the long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. And they colonized America before the Europeans, transplanting the principal economic crops that have since fed and clothed the world.