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The greatest war : Americans in combat, 1941-1945 /

by Astor, Gerald.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Novato, CA : Presidio, c1999Description: ix, 1033 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0891416951 :.Title notes: c.1 $39.95 3-2000Subject(s): United States -- Armed Forces -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book is an American combat history told largely in the words of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who fought in World War II. Astor, an independent author who interviewed close to 100 people for this book, presents a different view of history, providing his readers with a sense of what the American combatants thought, felt, saw, and heard from the first sights of Japanese planes over Pearl Harbor, to the last visions of a mushroom cloud looming over Nagasaki.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 1007-1013) and index.

c.1 $39.95 3-2000

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. vii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • 1 This is Not a Drill!"""" (p. 1)
  • 2 Preattak Maneuvers (p. 18)
  • 3 The Philippine Defenses (p. 27)
  • 4 Still Asleep (p. 45)
  • 5 Early Engagements (p. 64)
  • 6 Retreat (p. 78)
  • 7 The East Indies (p. 97)
  • 8 The Fall of Bataan (p. 118)
  • 9 The Death March and Morale Missions (p. 142)
  • 10 Final Defeat in the Philippines (p. 164)
  • 11 At Sed and in the Air (p. 176)
  • 12 American Airpower Concepts (p. 199)
  • 13 Opening Offensives (p. 210)
  • 14 Paratroopers, Raiders, Rangers, Marauders, Alamo Scouts (p. 230)
  • 15 Torch (p. 244)
  • 16 Grim Glimmers (p. 264)
  • 17 Defedt (p. 281)
  • 18 Tunisia (p. 304)
  • 19 Husky (p. 318)
  • 20 Island Ventures (p. 338)
  • 21 Pointblank, Blitz Week, and Ploesti (p. 353)
  • 22 Avalanche, Shingle, and Defeats (p. 379)
  • 23 Solomon Finales, Galvanic, and Flintlock (p. 401)
  • 24 Burmese Days and Skip Bombing (p. 415)
  • 25 Big Week, Berlin, and Assaults and Batterings in Italy (p. 429)
  • 26 Galahad's Joust, New Ventures, Minor Gains, and Overload (p. 450)
  • 27 Overlord Overtures (p. 466)
  • 28 Daylight at Omaha Beach (p. 494)
  • 29 Getting off Omaha (p. 518)
  • 30 Utah Beach (p. 534)
  • 31 Hanging On (p. 551)
  • 32 The Normandy Campaign Begins (p. 569)
  • 33 Superforts and the Marianas (p. 593)
  • 34 Breakout (p. 612)
  • 35 Dragoon (p. 633)
  • 36 Silent Service, Peleliu, Mars (p. 650)
  • 37 Paris, Brest, and Market Garden (p. 668)
  • 38 Winter Comes to Europe (p. 690)
  • 39 """"I Have Returned."""" (p. 707)
  • 40 The Battle of Leyte Gulf and the Kamikazes (p. 724)
  • 41 The Ardennes (p. 748)
  • 42 Chaos (p. 767)
  • 43 End of Seige (p. 789)
  • 44 Causualties and Pows (p. 803)
  • 45 The Battle for Manila (p. 819)
  • 46 Firestorms (p. 835)
  • 47 Over the Rhine (p. 849)
  • 48 Operation Iceberg (p. 866)
  • 49 Tennozan (p. 879)
  • 50 Ie Shima and Beyond (p. 894)
  • 51 Liberations and Victory (p. 907)
  • 52 Penultimate Actions (p. 923)
  • 53 Endgame in the Philippines (p. 943)
  • 54 The Bomb and the End (p. 956)
  • 55 After Action Reports (p. 972)
  • Roll Call (p. 991)
  • Bibliography (p. 1007)
  • Index (p. 1015)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

In his introduction, Astor (The Mighty Eight, Right To Fight) states: "I hope to present a sense of what the American fighting man experienced in terms of what he thought, felt, saw, heard and tried to do." He succeeds admirably, creating the finest one-volume oral history available of the American soldier in World War II. Beginning with Pearl Harbor and proceeding chronologically to the dropping of the atomic bomb, this book describes army, navy, and marine corps actions through the eyes of the participants. The entries are well chosen, and Astor has arranged them in a fast-paced, smoothly flowing narrative. In his conclusion, he considers the war philosophically. Especially interesting is his tweaking of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation; comparing generations and their wars, he says, is not valid. Ambrose remains the master oral historian of the European Theater, but Astor has written the first oral history to include all of the services and theaters of the war. Highly recommended.--Richard S. Nowicki, Emerson Vocational H.S., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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