Ghost Soldiers

Author: Hampton Sides
Publisher: Doubleday Books
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Chronicles the daring mission of the elite U.S. Army Sixth Ranger Battalion to slip behind enemy lines in the Phillipines and rescue the 513 American and British POWs who had spent over three years in a hellish, Japanese-run camp near Cabanatuan. 100,000 first printing.

Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction

Author: M. Gauthier
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230337821
Format: PDF
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This book shows how a political and cultural dynamic of amnesia and truth telling shapes literary constructions of history. Gauthier focuses on the works of Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Bharati Mukherjee, and Julie Otsuka.

The Ghost Mountain Boys

Author: James Campbell
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307407436
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Lying due north of Australia, New Guinea is among the world’s largest islands. In 1942, when World War II exploded onto its shores, it was an inhospitable, cursorily mapped, disease-ridden land of dense jungle, towering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and fetid swamps. Coveted by the Japanese for its strategic position, New Guinea became the site of one of the South Pacific’s most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division’s Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: to march 130 miles over the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains and to protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna on New Guinea’s north coast. Comprised of National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, reserve officers, and draftees from across the country, the 32nd Division lacked more than training—they were without even the basics necessary for survival. The men were not issued the specialized clothing that later became standard issue for soldiers fighting in the South Pacific; they fought in hastily dyed combat fatigues that bled in the intense humidity and left them with festering sores. They waded through brush and vines without the aid of machetes. They did not have insect repellent. Without waterproof containers, their matches were useless and the quinine and vitamin pills they carried, as well as salt and chlorination tablets, crumbled in their pockets. Exhausted and pushed to the brink of human endurance, the Ghost Mountain Boys fell victim to malnutrition and disease. Forty-two days after they set out, they arrived two miles south of Buna, nearly shattered by the experience. Arrival in Buna provided no respite. The 32nd Division was ordered to launch an immediate assault on the Japanese position. After two months of furious—sometimes hand-to-hand—combat, the decimated division finally achieved victory. The ferocity of the struggle for Buna was summed up in Time magazine on December 28, 1942, three weeks before the Japanese army was defeated: “Nowhere in the world today are American soldiers engaged in fighting so desperate, so merciless, so bitter, or so bloody.” Reminiscent of classics like Band of Brothers and The Things They Carried, this harrowing portrait of a largely overlooked campaign is part war diary, part extreme adventure tale, and (through letters, journals, and interviews) part biography of a group of men who fought to survive in an environment every bit as fierce as the enemy they faced. From the Hardcover edition.

The Story of World War II

Author: Henry Steele Commager
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439128220
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Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought -- and whose outcome was in greater doubt -- than readers might imagine. This is the war that Americans at the home front would have read about had they had access to the previously censored testimony of the soldiers on which Miller builds his gripping narrative. Miller covers the entire war -- on land, at sea, and in the air -- and provides new coverage of the brutal island fighting in the Pacific, the bomber war over Europe, the liberation of the death camps, and the contributions of African Americans and other minorities. He concludes with a suspenseful, never-before-told story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, based on interviews with the men who flew the mission that ended the war.

Between the Lines of World War II

Author: Paul M. Edwards
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786455837
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This is a collection of 21 accounts of people and events that illuminate the strange adventures, mysterious circumstances, extreme behaviors and forgotten tragedies of World War II. Ranging from a look at Adolf Hitler’s “children factory,” to the smuggling of gold bullion from the besieged island of Corregidor, to those who flew with the Chinese Air Force against Japan years before the more famous Flying Tigers, these accounts provide insight into the larger scope of the war.

Occupying Force

Author: D. Charles Gossman
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1469794772
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A surprise attack on American soil and a holy war waged under the guise of an ancient religion-A nation of zealots indoctrinated to hate Western Civilization and a culture ignoring reason in favor of mindless violence-A cabal of militarists conditioned to elect suicide as a battle strategy and celebrate death for divine reward! Headlines from today's war on terrorism? No-these were the themes of America's war with twentieth-century Japan. Joining the Navy to face these fearsome enemies, seventeen-year-old Charlie misses the action in World War II by mere days. Then, directed to occupy the former foe's homeland instead, he remains behind when the war's heroes have all returned to a welcoming nation. Working and enduring through the months, Charlie records his daily thoughts while growing to respect the Japanese people-and does his best to find adventure along the way!

World War II in Literature for Youth

Author: Patricia Hachten Wee
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810853010
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This comprehensive volume provides a wealth of information with annotated listings of more than 3,500 titles—a broad sampling of books on the war years 1939-1945. Includes both fiction and nonfiction works about all aspects of the war. Professional resources for educators aligned to the educational standards for social studies; technical references; periodicals and electronic resources; a directory of WWII museums, memorials, and other institutions; and topics for exploration complement this excellent library and classroom resource.

Ganz allt gliche Leute

Author: Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644483418
Format: PDF
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Pittsburgh 1998: Der junge Chris «Crest» Tolbert ist beim Graffitisprühen gefallen und sitzt seitdem im Rollstuhl. Sein Freund Bean ist tot. Die Mutter seines Kindes ist ihm fremd geworden. Sein Bruder hat nach einer Knast-Karriere Gott gefunden. Sein Vater hat sich verliebt. Seine Mutter ahnt etwas. Eindringlich erzählt Stewart O’Nan die Geschichte einer Woche im Leben der Bewohner des armen schwarzen Viertels East Liberty. Einer schicksalhaften, hoffnungsvollen Woche, die das Leben der Menschen dort verändern wird. «Ein Meister.» (New York Times)

Der Zirkusbrand

Author: Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644025517
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Der 6. Juli 1944 verhieß für die Bewohner der Stadt Hartfort in Connecticut vergnüglich zu werden. Stattdessen endet er in einer Katastrophe: 167 Menschen sterben in den Flammen des größten Zirkusbrandes der amerikanischen Geschichte. Fesselnd und einfühlsam verfolgt Stewart O’Nan die Schicksale jener Menschen, die an einem scheinbar harmlosen Sommertag losgehen, um sich unterhalten zu lassen, und mit Tod und Schrecken konfrontiert werden. «Ein grandioses Stück Literatur.» (Der Spiegel) «‹Der Zirkusbrand› liest sich spannend wie ein Abenteuerroman, da er fast fiktiv in den vielen Verflechtungen menschlicher Schicksale wirkt und philosophisch in seiner Frage, weshalb gerade an diesem Tag bestimmte Menschen zu einer bestimmten Zeit an diesem bestimmten Ort zusammenkamen.» (NDR) «‹Der Zirkusbrand› ist Journalismus im Dienste der Literatur und Literatur im Dienste der Geschichtsschreibung.» (The New York Times) «Ein großes Buch.» (Süddeutsche Zeitung)