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Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

Laura Hillenbrand.

History, Nonfiction

In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.


Flyboys : a true story of courage

James Bradley

Nonfiction

FLYBOYS is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years. After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth. Not even the fam...


Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR's legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors

James D. Hornfischer.

Nonfiction

"Son, we’re going to Hell." The navigator of the USSHoustonconfided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USSHoustonwas a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasn’t a fair fight, ...


Lost in Shangri-la [the epic true story of a World War II plane crash into the Stone Age]

Mitchell Zuckoff.

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 the jungle-clad land of New Guinea


Devil at my heels : a heroic Olympian's astonishing story of survival as a Japanese POW in World War II

Louis Zamperini with David Rensin.

Nonfiction, History

The "inspirational" and "extraordinary" memoir of one of the most courageous of the greatest generation, Louis Zamperini: Olympian, WWII Japanese POW and survivor. A juvenile delinquent, a world class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller than most, when it changed in an instant. On May 27, 1943, his B--24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Louis and two other survivors found a raft amid the flaming wreckage an...


Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission

Hampton Sides

History, Nonfiction

A tense, powerful, grand account of one of the most daring exploits of World War II. On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty miles in an attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs who had spent three years in a surreally hellish camp near the city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners included the last survivors of the Bataan...


Conduct under fire : four American doctors and their fight for life as prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945

John A. Glusman ; [maps by Jeffrey L. Ward].

Nonfiction, History

The fierce, bloody battles of Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines are legendary in the annals of World War II. Those who survived faced the horrors of life as prisoners of the Japanese. In Conduct Under Fire , John A. Glusman chronicles these events through the eyes of his father, Murray, and three fellow navy doctors captured on Corregidor in May 1942. Here are the dramatic stories of the fall of Bataan, the siege of “the Rock,” and the...


Tears in the darkness : the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath

Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman.

Nonfiction, History

For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book...


Escape from the deep : the epic story of a legendary submarine and her courageous crew

Alex Kershaw.

History, Nonfiction

By October, 1944, the U.S. Navy submarine Tang was legendary-she had sunk more enemy ships, rescued more downed airmen, and pulled off more daring surface attacks than any other Allied submarine in the Pacific. And then, on her fifth patrol, tragedy struck-the Tang was hit by one of her own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive in their submerged "iron coffin" one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface. While t...