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World War II
 
 

 American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger,  by Bob Welch

 

A moving account of the first nurse to die in World War II after the landings at Normandy.  In October 1944, Frances Slanger couldn’t sleep as shells thudded beyond her 45th Field Hospital tent near the Belgium-German border.  So, by flashlight, she wrote a letter honoring the American G.I., guys who, to her, weren’t just numbers on a dog tag.  They were, she wrote, “somebody’s brother, somebody’s father, somebody’s son, brought in bloody, dirty with mud and grime, and most of them so tired.”  She sent the letter to Stars & Stripes newspaper the next morning.  That night, the Germans inexplicably shelled the field hospital and Slanger was among those killed.  The newspaper published her letter.  It melted the hearts of thousands of GIs.  When they later learned of her death, they wrote to the newspaper insisting something must be done to remember this heroic woman.  Months later, the finest hospital ship in the fleet was named in her honor.

 

 

Softcover, 5 x 8, 295 pgs.

Price: $15.00

 

American Women in World War II,  by Doris Weatherford

 

For the first time, here is a vigorous overview of the diverse roles adopted by women in one of the most crucial periods of 20th century history, as depicted by new reports, magazine articles and personal diaries of the time.

 

Hardcover, 6 x 9.25, 338 pgs.

Price: $9.95

 

D-Day and the Battle of Normandy,  by Simon Trew 

 

Carefully researched photo captions give original insights into the stories behind each image drawn from archives in the USA, UK, Canada and Germany.  The D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 and the ensuing Battle of Normandy are among the most famous events in world military history.  This ground-breaking book presents the imagery of land, sea and air operations, the personnel, equipment and activities of both the Allied and German combatants.

 

Hardcover, 10 x 10, 320 pgs., 500 b/w photos
Price:  $49.95
 

 

 

 

Hollywood Canteen: Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the Word,  by Lisa Mitchell and Bruce Torrence 

 

From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen visited The Hollywood Canteen on their way to fight in the Pacific — some never to return.  In a converted barn in the heart of Hollywood, soldiers were fed, entertained by and danced with some of the biggest stars in the world.  Free to all servicemen or women, regardless of race, the Canteen invited them to jive to the music of Kay Kyser and Harry James, laugh at Bob Hope’s jokes, be served sandwiches by Rita Hayworth, or dance with Hedy Lamarr. Meticulously researched, this is the only complete history of the Canteen.  It is filled with exclusive interviews and over 160 evocative photographs that preserve memories of what was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood.

 

Softcover, 8 x 10, 208 pgs.  

Price: $22.95

 

 

Illinois in World War II,  by Bill Nunes

 

Writing with an engaging, eclectic style that weaves larger themes in with intense personal accounts, Bill Nunes chronicles the immense contribution made by Illinois citizens to the outcome of World War II. As memories dim of that dreadful drama in which “the greatest generation” did so much to save the world, it is fascinating to see how the mosaic of a global war is made up of the individual tiles of brave citizens contributing their individ-ual efforts to the overall solution. Nunes’ book can serve as a quick refer-ence work to the people, battles and politics of World War II. It’s also a book to keep handy for those moments when you need something to stir you with nostalgia and pride about America’s history.

 

 

Softcover, 8½ x 11, 326 pgs.    

Price: $18.95

 

Invisible Are The Brave, by Zed Merrill  

 

What they forgot to tell you¾or didn’t want you to know¾about certain World War II events and their heroes.  Why was the identity of the most decorated soldiers in military history kept quiet?  Why have we not heard what happened because of a German air raid that is still causing problems today?  Why is a U.S. Navy unit with some of the heaviest casualties of the war still unknown to most historians?  These are stories they forgot to tell you¾or perhaps just didn’t want you to know!  Based on an international award-winning video series, these are stories of World War II events and their heroes that were left off the history pages.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 196 pgs.      

Price: $19.95

 

Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot,  by Starr Smith - Foreword by Walter Cronkite

 

Of the many celebrities who served their country during World War II, Jimmy Stewart was unique.  When the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor woke so many others to the reality of the war, Stewart already was serving¾ as a private in the Army Air Corps.  At a high point in his film career, seeing war on the horizon, he had enlisted several months earlier.  This book chronicles the star’s long journey to become a bomber pilot in combat.  His first battles were with the Air Corps high command, who insisted on keeping him out of harms way as an instructor pilot.  Stewart eventually managed to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that deployed to England to join the mighty Eighth Air Force.  Once in the thick of it, he rose to command his own squadron, flying twenty combat missions, including one to Berlin.  This is a fascinating, firsthand look at the making of a true American hero.

 

Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 282 pgs.

Price: $14.95

 

 

Los Angeles in World War II   

 

During World War II, the Los Angeles region underwent rapid industrial growth as Kaiser Steel opened a giant mill in Fontana, and the aircraft giants¾North American Aviation, Lockheed, Douglas, and Hughes¾expanded with war contracts.  The war economy's demographic and ethnic dimensions included women and African Americans entering factory work and troops streaming through Union Station to San Pedro for embarkation.  The war inspired home front efforts by local civic and academic institutions, by the entertainment industry, and by émigrés from Nazi Germany.  It led to the training of civilian corps, rationing, and vigilance for enemy activities.  America’s participation in World War II from 1941 to 1945 energized the region's growing industrial infrastructure and spurred postwar economic and housing development.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.       

Price:  $21.00

 

 

Millville Army Air Field: America's First Defense Airport,  by John J. Galluzzo 

 

Millville had long been known for its glassmaking, but the outbreak of World War II brought a distinct change to the community's identity.  A private airfield gave way to the creation of America's first defense airport, the training ground for the U.S. Army's Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt pilots.  Bright and brave young men from across the country converged on Millville to learn to fly and fight for freedom.  Some flew into history as heroes.  While in Millville, they mirrored the lives of all the country's military men, playing baseball, flirting with local girls at the USO dances, and attending Sunday night dinners with local families.  Many created lifelong friendships in a time when their life expectancy was uncertain until their job was done.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     

Price: $21.00

 

The Original Hell's Angels,  by Valerie Smart  

 
During World War II, the 303rd Bombardment Group became the first such heavy bombardment group to complete three hundred missions from American air force bases in England.  The nose of one B-17 bomber bore the name “Hell’s Angels.”  The teamwork of its crew kept the plane flying over Hitler's occupied Europe, the first in the 8th Air Force to complete twenty-five missions from their base in Molesworth, England.  These men, or "Hell's Angels" as they became known, went on to complete forty missions without ever turning back to base for mechanical failure of the plane.  The Original Hell's Angels takes you on an exciting historical journey to meet these men and to experience the total forty-eight missions they flew without having a member wounded or killed before the plane and members of its crew were commissioned to return to America for a war bond tour.
 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.  

Price: $21.00 

 

The Pacific War: The Strategies, Politics and Players,  by William B. Hopkins

  

After the stories have been told of battles won and lost, much of what happens in a war remains a mystery.  So it has been with accounts of World War II in the Pacific, a complex conflict whose nature is obscured by simple chronological narrative.  In The Pacific War, William B. Hopkins, a Marine Corps veteran of the Pacific War and respected military history author, delves deeper into the Pacific campaign as he investigates the strategies, politics and personalities that shaped the conduct of the war.  His broader approach to a complex war conducted on land, sea and air offers a more realistic perspective and a deeper understanding of how this multifaceted conflict unfolded in many ways and in many places.  As expansive as the immense reaches of the Pacific, and as focused as a pinpoint attack on a strategic island, Hopkins’ account offers a fresh understanding of the hows--and more significantly, the whys---of the Pacific War.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 392 pgs.

Price:  $22.95                                                                                  

      

 

 Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach,  by Gerrie Schipske

 

During World War II, an unprecedented number of women took factory jobs across the nation to produce material essential to winning the war: aircraft, ships, munitions and more.  Affectionately and collectively called “Rosie the Riveter” after a popular 1943 song, thousands of these women came to the U.S. Army–financed Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach, the largest wartime plane manufacturer, and helped produce an astonishing number of the aircraft used in the war.  Doing man-sized jobs, they riveted, welded, assembled, and installed, making attack bombers, other war birds, and cargo transports.  They trained at Long Beach City Schools and worked 8- and 10-hour shifts in a windowless, bomb-proof plant.  Their children attended Long Beach Day Nursery, and their households ran on rations and victory gardens.  When the war ended, most of these resilient women were replaced by returning men.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs. 

Price: $19.95

 
Tuskegee Airmen,  by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly

 

In 1941, Tuskegee, Alabama, became the site of an important new development in military training.  For the first time, black Americans were to be allowed to serve their country as members of the United States Army Air Corps.  During its five-year history, Tuskegee Army Air Field was home to almost 1,000 African-American pilots.  More than 10,000 black men and women served as their vital support personnel.  Together, they filled the ranks of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the 332nd Fighter Group, and the 477th Bombardment Group.  Their remarkable achievements at home and overseas destroyed stereotypes and helped accelerate the eventual integration of the United States military.  Amid the forced isolation of strict segregated circumstances, these African-Americans trained and served together, developing unbreakable bonds.  With photos provided by the airmen and their families, the authors present an enduring homage to the groundbreaking achievements of these women and men who were determined to serve their country. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     

Price: $21.00

 

Voices of the Bulge,  by Michael Collins & Martin King  

 

The German counteroffensive operation code-named “Wacht am Rhein” (Watch on the Rhine) launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944, would result in the greatest single extended land battle of World War II.  To most Americans, the fierce series of battles fought from December 1944 through January 1945 is better known as the “Battle of the Bulge.”  Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting. This book tells the story of this crucial campaign with first-person stories taken from the authors’ interviews of the American soldiers, both officers and enlisted personnel, who faced the massive German onslaught that threatened to turn the tide of battle in Western Europe and successfully repelled the attack with their courage and blood.  Also included are stories from German veterans of the battles, including SS soldiers, who were interviewed by the authors.


Hardcover, 6.25 x 9.25, 320 pgs., 93 B&W photos & 5 maps

Price: $29.00

 

Women of the Homefront,  Edited by Pauline E. Parker

 
Lois Ferguson was a teacher at a Japanese-American relocation center in California during World War II. Her husband set up a junior college and night school program. Enduring treacherous dust storms and poor living quarters, they worked together to help relieve the injustices done to fellow citizens.
While her husband fought in Burma, Kay Watson worked at a government site on the top secret Manhattan Project and may have played a small part in the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Many women had life changing experiences during this turbulent time. Sociologist Pauline Parker, who also endured the war, presents the stories of more than 50 women, including government workers, women in the military and mothers whose husbands had gone off to fight.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 300 pgs., photos.  
Original Price: $39.95
Close-Out Price: $28.50                                   
 

World War II Day by Day,  by Antony Shaw

 

This book is a chronological history of the conflict from the beginning of the Polish campaign in September 1939 to the surrender of Japan in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.  All the major war theaters are covered, as is the fighting in the air and the sea. The dated entries, written as though they have just happened, recapture the immediacy of the war and analyze the major battles and campaigns of the war, such as Stalingrad, Kursk, Midway, D-Day, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Berlin.

 

Hardcopy, 8.5 x 11, 192 pgs.

Price: $19.95                                 

 

 

World War II B-24 "Snoopers", by Stephen M. Perrone

 
Equipped with secret new low altitude radar bombsights, the 63rd and 868th Bomb Squadrons’ “Snoopers” were low level anti-shipping night bombers that operated in the Pacific Theater from August, 1943 until the end of the war.  Flying solo in all weather conditions, the planes ranged over 1500 miles of the Pacific in flights averaging 13 hours. Painted black and flying at altitudes of 1000 to 1500 feet, the squadrons’ precision bombing sank hundreds of thousands of tons of enemy warships, troop and supply ships. One of the crews became one of the most decorated in the Pacific Theater.  Hundreds of missions are described here by crew members, most of whom were then young men in their twenties.  The author (himself a bombardier who flew 37 missions) draws from obscure records, long kept classified, and his own experiences in what Midwest Book Review calls “a superbly written and welcome addition to (the history of ) World War II.”
   
Softcover, 6 x 9, 289 pgs. 
Price: $19.95

 

 

 World War II in Chicago,  by Paul M. Green and Melvin G. Holli 

 
Chicago, the "City of Neighborhoods," came together as one in its patriotic efforts against the Axis powers during World War II.  Young men and women signed up for military duty.  Children and older adults rallied to the call for increased wartime production, food and gas rationing, scrap drives and victory gardens.  The war years transformed the city into an important military center as thousands of troops trained or passed through en route to the war fronts.  Defense plants sprung up all over the city, and the dwindling male labor force was replaced by black tenant farmers migrating from the South and by countless female workers dubbed "Rosie the Riveter."  From a wealth of sources, Messrs. Green and Holli present a vivid photographic account of Chicago's contribution to our nation's war effort.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.   
Price: $21.00

 

 
Tales from World War II You Probably Never Heard Before,  by Zed Merrill 

 

Those who remember or have read about World War II are familiar with the major battles that were setbacks or turned the tide.  These are stories that didn’t make the history books or the TV documentaries: a warship that vanished into thin air; a soldier who changed the course of the war in the Mediterranean; a strange B-17 flight that occurred because of a $5.00 bet; a forgotten Navy unit that lost more than 700 ships.  This book is not about larger-than-life heroes, but ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances during a most tumultuous time in our history.  These tales range from patriotic to inspirational; from the poignant to the humorous, to the curious and downright bizarre.  What one reviewer called “an invaluable addition to the literature of World War II.”

 

Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 205 pgs.
Price: $19.95