Item description for War Stories II: Heroism in the Pacific [With Video] by Oliver North & Joe Musser...
Overview From the author of "Mission Compromised" comes the first of an eagerly-anticipated series of books highlighting the most riveting stories of monumental battles in American history.
When it comes to sheer savagery endured by the American fighting man, few combat theaters could match the Pacific in WorldWar II: the sodden malarial and Japanese infested jungles of New Guinea and Guadalcanal, the kamikaze pilots for whom death was no deterrent, and the blood-soaked beaches taken by island-hopping Marines. Here, in their own words, are the compelling stories of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, as told to decorated combat veteran Lt. Colonel Oliver North. In "War Stories II: Heroism in the Pacific," North reveals: Eyewitness testimony from Pearl Harbor veterans that Japanese Zeros did not fire the first shots: our defending forces did--with startling results The living hell of the Bataan Death March and the daring rescue of the Ghosts of Bataan The big battles: the Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, the Marianas, Leyte How Americans cracked the secret Japanese JN-25 code and changed the course of the war "War Stories II: Heroism in the Pacific" is "the" essential book for every veteran of the war, every student of military history, and every American who is inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation in one of its greatest moments.
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Studio: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.24" Height: 1.58" Weight: 1.67 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 089526109X ISBN13 9780895261090
Availability 0 units.
More About Oliver North & Joe Musser
Oliver North is a combat-decorated Marine, the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983 to 1986 he served as the U.S. government's counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. President Ronald Reagan described him as "an American hero." A "New York Times "best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning War Stories documentary series on the FOX News Channel, North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Chuck Holton is a best-selling author, international reporter, photographer, video producer, and public speaker. He lives with his wife and five children in West Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about War Stories II : Heroism in the Pacific?
WWII History at its' Best Sep 23, 2006
War Stories II is a must have for history buffs or novices alike. First hand accounts along with maps and excellent research lead you through the war in the Pacific step by step. The war in the Pacific was especially bloody and costly simply because we were fighting an enemy that preferred death to defeat. The Geneva Conventions Accord meant nothing to the Japanese. You will feel just about every emotion available to you. My feelings were anger, disgust and shock. War is a terrible thing but the war in the Pacific was brutal and inhumane. You will not have a dull moment in this great book, from cover to cover. This should be required reading for all High School students.
About Heroes and Written by One Aug 25, 2006
A wonderful book with a DVD containing interviews of some of the greatest generation who fought for our future. Dopes like Joseph from San Diego, who put down Lt. Colonel North, would'nt know a heroe if he had to spit on one. Physical cowards like Joseph show the weakness of the younger generation. I was in the Marines and know how honorable people like my WWII Colonel grandfather and his kind are. You liberals live your spoiled lives because of people like him, the ones in this book, and Lt. Colonel North. Hey Joseph, cover your ears because this will hurt: "GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
Oliver goes south Jul 5, 2006
What would Oliver North be able to tell us about honor? Isn't this the same Oliver North who stumbled into the spotlight as a Reagan-administration fall guy, and prime suspect in the Iran-Contra scandal of the mid-1980s? I'm sure that one story of WWII valor that goes unrecalled in Ollie's book is that of Congressional Medal of Honor winner Senator Daniel Inoue of Hawaii. After all, Senator Inoue (who lost an arm during fighting in Italy while serving with the legendary Japanese-American 442 Regiment) presided over the Senate committee which investigated the Iran-Contra scandal, and when, during cross-examination, North questioned Inoue's patriotism, he was soundly chastised by other committee members present who had to point out to North the enormity of Inoue's sacrifice and the depth of his honor. North's reply was incredulity; after all, he had just displayed and unforgivable ingnorance of WWII history, and had embarrassed himself and his uniform in the process. I'll give this book - and it's author - a pass.
Excellent histories Dec 2, 2005
Since I'm not much of a fan of cousin Olie it bothers me that I like the book so much. But what can you say? It's an excellent history filled with detail and insight that I think only an ex-combat marine would see. Very readable and interesting. A very decent work that will personalize the battles that more academic historians write about.
Great snapshot of the war on Japan Sep 19, 2005
For someone who has forgotten many of the details of the pacific war with Japan, this was an excellent refresher on the battles, the key events, and the struggles that took place in a part of the war that is often overshadowed by the European theater. More than that, it is a snapshot of the feeling, emotions, sights and smells of the battlefield, of heroism, and of fear.
I quite enjoyed North's easy writing style, and his ability to cut to the quick of a battle or an event. This is not a book which spends time discussing the politics, ideologies, or controversies that surround the war, but sticks to the knitting.
I particularly enjoyed reading about some of the events that I was previously completely unaware of such as the account of the mini-subs that helped (?) in the attack of Pearl Harbor.
If you are looking for critical analysis of the war, this is not the book for you. It is, unapologetically, a general overview of what happened, what was important, and how it affected the ultimate conclusion.