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  • Details about Flyboys : a true story of courage

    Flyboys : a true story of courage

    James Bradley

    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 families of the airmen were informed what had happene……more

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

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

    James D. Hornfischer.

    "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, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the de……more

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

    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.

    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 and waited for rescue. Instead, they drifted two tho……more

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

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

    Hampton Sides

    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 Death March left in the camp, and their extraordi……more

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

    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].

    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 daily struggles to tend the sick, wounded, and dying ……more

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

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

    Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman.

    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. From then until the Japanese surrendered in Augu……more

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

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

    Alex Kershaw.

    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 the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges, just nin……more