New Arrivals · History

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unforgettable Ohioans : thirteen mavericks who made history on their own terms

November 25, 2015
McNutt, Randy, author.
Kent, Ohio : Black Squirrel Books, a trade imprint of The Kent State University Press, [2015]
x, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Caesar, frontier explorer -- Benjamin R. Hanby, Christmas composer -- James W. Senver, American adventurer -- David Harpster, the Wool King -- Lucy Webb Hayes, the soldiers' friend -- Moses Fleetwood Walker, writer-ballplayer -- Zachary Lansdowne, airship commander -- Blanche Noyes, champion aviatrix -- Clayton Brukner, aviation tycoon -- Mildred Gillars, traitor and teacher -- Lloyd Copas, cowboy singer -- Sydney Nathan, music man -- Josephine Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Ancient Egypt

November 25, 2015
Amstutz, Lisa J., author.
112 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 22 x 25 cm.
"In Ancient Egypt, readers discover the history and impressive accomplishments of the people of ancient Egypt, including their extraordinary cultural achievements and feats of construction. Engaging text provides details on the civilization's history, development, daily life, culture, art, technology, warfare, social organization, and more."--Publisher's website.

Young Elizabeth : the making of the Queen

November 24, 2015
Williams, Kate, 1974- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
'A lucky fellow if she accepts you' -- 'Such a nice name' -- 'All the equipment a lady needs' -- 'Queen, Empress of India, the whole bag of tricks' -- 'Great changes' -- 'Who is this Hitler?' -- 'Do let me see what is happening' -- 'After all, she is only nineteen' -- 'A flash of colour' -- 'An obedient sitter' -- 'Came down a Queen' -- Regina.
"A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne" -- provided by publisher.

Paris at war, 1939-1944

November 24, 2015
Drake, David, 1946- author.
viii, 545 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The phoney war, September 3, 1939- May 10, 1940 -- Blitzkrieg and exodus, May 10, 1940-June 14, 1940 -- Parisians and Germans, Germans and Parisians -- Paris, German capital of France -- Unemployment, rationing, Vichy against Jews, Montoire -- From mass street protest to the "fuhrer's generous gesture" -- Protests, pillaging, "V" for victory, the first roundup of Jews -- Resistance and repression -- Resistance, punishment, allied bombs, and deportation -- SS seizure of security, the yellow star, the vel'd'hiv' roundup, la releve -- Denunciations, distractions, deprivations -- Labour conscription, resistance, the French gestapo -- Anti-Bolshevism, black market, more bombs, Drancy -- A serial killer on the run, Petain in Paris, the milice on the rampage, the allies on their way -- The liberation of Paris.
Chronicles the lives of ordinary Parisians during World War II, from September 1939 when France went to war with Nazi Germany to liberation in August 1944. Relive the fearful exodus from the city as the German army neared the capital, the relief and disgust felt when the armistice was signed, and the hardships and deprivations under Occupation.

To hell and back : Europe, 1914-1949

November 24, 2015
Kershaw, Ian, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
xxiv, 593 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
On the brink -- The great disaster -- Turbulent peace -- Dancing on the volcano -- Gathering shadows -- Danger zone -- Towards the abyss -- Hell on earth -- Quiet transitions in the dark decades -- Out of the ashes.
"The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with ... Ian Kershaw's long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II. The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history-- an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the ... series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, [the author] profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism. [This book] offers [a] study of a period in European history whose effects are still being felt today"

Founding documents of America

November 24, 2015
Vile, John R., author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2015]
xx, 357 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Section I. Constitutional antecedents -- Section II. The revolutionary and confederal periods -- Section III. Calling and convening the Constitutional Convention -- Section IV. Debating, ratifying, implementing, and amending the new Constitution.

The generals : Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the winning of World War II

November 20, 2015
Groom, Winston, 1944-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
510 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Beginnings. First captain, VMI ; Master of the sword ; The champion of Vera Cruz ; "Some damned foolishness in the Balkans" ; Courage was the rule -- Between the wars. The sad, great heap of Fleurs Blanches ; "I am all he has" -- Brave as lions, bold as bulls. This means war ; There will be a big tank battle in the morning ; "I shall return" ; Overlord ; Let's win it all ; These proceedings are closed ; Old soldiers never die.
Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall. These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II redefined America's ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century, you'll discover new insights into the lives of America's most celebrated warriors.

Elizabeth : Renaissance prince

November 20, 2015
Hilton, Lisa, 1974- author.
xiii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm

The end of the Cold War, 1985-1991

November 20, 2015
Service, Robert, 1947- author.
xxii, 643 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"First published 2015 in the United Kingdom by Macmillan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title-page verso.
Ronald Reagan -- Plans for Armageddon -- The Reaganauts -- The American challenge -- Symptoms recognized, cures rejected -- Cracks in the ice : Eastern Europe -- The Soviet quarantine -- NATO and its friends -- World communism and the peace movement -- In the Soviet waiting room -- Mikhail Gorbachev -- The Moscow reform team -- One foot on the accelerator -- To Geneva -- Presenting the Soviet package -- American rejection -- The stalled interaction -- The Strategic Defense Initiative -- The lost summer -- Summit in Reykjavik -- The month of muffled drums -- The Soviet package untied -- The big four -- Getting to know the enemy -- Sticking points -- Grinding out the treaty -- Calls to Western Europe -- Eastern Europe : perplexity and protest -- The leaving of Afghanistan -- Spokes in the wheel -- Reagan's window of departure -- The fifth man -- The other continent : Asia -- Epitaph for world communism -- Revolution in Eastern Europe -- The Malta Summit -- Redrawing the map of Europe -- The new Germany -- Baltic triangle -- The third man breaks loose -- A new world order? -- Endings -- Postscript.
"A British historian and author investigates the final years of the Cold War from both sides of the Iron Curtain, discussing the relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev whose unprecedented, historic cooperation worked against the odds to end the arms race,"--NoveList.

Power wars : inside Obama's post-9/11 presidency

November 19, 2015
Savage, Charlie, author.
769 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents page lists "index" beginning on page 771; index not included in book, but unnumbered page 771 refers reader to online index at
Part I. Obama's 9/11: The captive ; Acting like Bush ; Things fall apart -- Part II. War in the twenty-first century: Look forward, not back (Captives 2009) ; Stellarwind (Surveillance 1928-2009) ; Targeted killings -- Part III. The security state: Ratchet (Captives 2010-2011) ; The leak crackdown ; Secrecy and secret law -- Part IV. American-style democracy: Wounds the won't heal (Captives 2011-2015) ; Institutionalized (Surveillance 2009-2015) ; The tug of war.

Huckabee : the authorized biography

November 19, 2015
Lamb, Scott, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an Imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xix, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
In this "authorized biography of Michael Dale Huckabee, Scott Lamb reached into the vaults of Huckabee's past to show us the man behind the politician. With access to to personal and professional files, including dozens of exclusive interviews with family and friends..."--Page 4 of cover.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history

November 18, 2015
Kilmeade, Brian, author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, [2015]
xvi, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Unprepared and unprotected -- Americans abroad -- Secretary Jefferson -- The humiliation of the USS George Washington -- Jefferson takes charge -- A flagpole falls -- The first flotilla -- Skirmish at sea -- Patience wears thin -- The doldrums of summer -- The omens of October -- The Philadelphia disaster -- By the cover of darkness -- The battle of Tripoli -- Opening a new front -- Win the desert or die in the desert -- Endgame -- Fair winds and following seas.
This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy--at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status.

Myanmar (Burma)

November 18, 2015
May, Kyi Kyi, author.
London : Kuperard, [2015]
168 pages : illustrations, 1 color map ; 18 cm

SPQR : a history of ancient Rome

November 17, 2015
Beard, Mary, 1955- author.
606 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Prologue : the history of Rome -- Cicero's finest hour -- In the beginning -- The kings of Rome -- Rome's great leap forward -- A wider world -- New politics -- From empire to emperors -- The home front -- The transformations of Augustus -- Fourteen emperors -- The haves and have-nots -- Rome outside Rome -- Epilogue : the first Roman millennium.
A prominent classicist explores ancient Rome and how its citizens adapted the notion of imperial rule, invented the concepts of citizenship and nation, and made laws about those traditionally overlooked in history, including women, slaves, and criminals.

Ardennes 1944 : Hitler's last gamble

November 17, 2015
Beevor, Antony, 1946-
New York : Viking, [2015]
xxii, 451 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"On December, 16, 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe."--Book jacket.

Coventry : November 14, 1940

November 17, 2015
Taylor, Fred, 1947- author.
New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2015.
356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Wool, buttons, and magnetos -- 'The bomber will always get through' -- Boom -- Waiting for the Luftwaffe -- Blitz -- Raiders -- Knickebein -- Korn -- Finding the beam -- Red alert -- Executive cold water -- 'A seething mass of flame' -- Death in the suburbs -- The long night ending -- The martyred city -- 'Are we down-hearted?' -- The quick and the dead -- Coventrated? -- Defiance -- 'Thank goodness you're alright' -- Resurgam.
Examines the German Luftwaffe's air raid on Coventry, England, on November 14, 1940, and its impact and precedent as a new kind of air warfare.

100 documents that changed the world : from the Magna Carta to WikiLeaks

November 16, 2015
Christianson, Scott, author.
New York : Universe, 2015.
223 pages : Color and black & white illustrations, map, charts ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A tour of the history of the world through the declarations, manifestos, and agreements from the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence to Wikileaks. This fascinating collection gathers the most significant written documents that have influenced and shaped the way we think about the world and the course of history. From the Magna Carta (1215) to the Gettysburg Address (1863) to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech (1963), the documents showcased here chart dramatic high points of world history. In addition to official charters and famous treaties, there are also less well known yet nonetheless interesting items included, such as the Apollo flight plan, Apple's 1976 incorporation documents, and the check with which the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia. Equally interesting are Watson and Crick's scrawled notes leading to the discovery of DNA, Darwin's journal, and the annotated manuscripts for Freud's Interpretation of Dreams and Orwell's novel 1984. Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book not only informs but also entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, enhanced, and even revolutionized the world.

1946 : the making of the modern world

November 16, 2015
Sebestyen, Victor, 1956- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2014.
xxiii, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Originally published: London : Macmillan, 2014.
"I'm tired of babying the Soviets" -- The American century -- The Russians : "a tsarist people" -- Stunde Null : zero hour -- Austria forgets its past -- The spy comes in from the cold -- Austerity Britain -- A performance at the Bolshoi -- The declaration of Cold War -- The abdication crisis -- Rape and pillage -- "Woe, woe to the Germans" -- "Anywhere but home" -- "This Chinese cesspit" -- Iron Curtain -- The fog of war -- Sunset on the Raj -- Refugees -- Trials and errors -- A Greek tragedy -- She'erit Ha-Pleta : the surviving remnant -- "A Jewish-Bolshevik plot" : blood libels -- The war against terror -- "Listen world. This is crossroads" -- The glory of France : "resistance in the heart" -- Stalin's Turkish bluff -- The bloodbath in Calcutta -- "Half-nun, half-whore" -- The return of the king -- "Sand down a rat hole" -- The general orders : democracy -- The big freeze.

Alex Haley and the books that changed a nation

November 16, 2015
Norrell, Robert J. (Robert Jefferson), auhor.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Grandma's Boy -- The Cook Who Writes -- People on the Way Up -- The Fearsome Black Demagogue -- Marked Man -- Before This Anger -- The American Griot -- The Black Family Bible -- Pop Triumph -- Roots Uncovered -- Find the Good and Praise It.
"It is difficult to think of two twentieth century books by one author that have had as much influence on American culture when they were published as Alex Haley's monumental bestsellers, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965), and Roots (1976). They changed the way white and black America viewed each other and the country's history. This first biography of Haley follows him from his childhood in relative privilege in deeply segregated small town Tennessee to fame and fortune in high powered New York City. It was in the Navy, that Haley discovered himself as a writer, which eventually led his rise as a star journalist in the heyday of magazine personality profiles. At Playboy Magazine, Haley profiled everyone from Martin Luther King and Miles Davis to Johnny Carson and Malcolm X, leading to their collaboration on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Roots was for Haley a deeper, more personal reach. The subsequent book and miniseries ignited an ongoing craze for family history, and made Haley one of the most famous writers in the country. Roots sold half a million copies in the first two months of publication, and the original television miniseries was viewed by 130 million people. Haley died in 1992. This deeply researched and compelling book offers the perfect opportunity to revisit his authorship, his career as one of the first African American star journalists, as well as an especially dramatic time of change in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

Omaha Beach on D-Day

November 16, 2015
Morvan, Jean David, author, conceptor.
New York : First Second, 2015.
97 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 x 29 cm
Originally published by Dupuis under the title "Magnum Photos - Omaha Beach , le 6 juin 1944 - Robert Capa/Morvan+Bertail" in 2014.
"Based on an original idea by Jean-David Morvan and Clément Saccomamni"--Colophon.

Colorado : a history of the Centennial State

November 13, 2015
Abbott, Carl, 1944-
xvi, 575 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Mountains and plains -- The first Coloradans -- New Mexico's northern frontier -- The Pikes Peak gold rush -- The era of the booster -- "Exterminate them!" Natives 1850s-90s -- Interlude : Coloradans in 1876 -- The bonanza years -- The businessman's state -- A generation of industrial warfare -- Farming and ranching in the American desert -- Women in politics and society -- A diverse people -- Scenery, health, and tourism -- Denver and the Reform Crusade -- Interlude : Coloradans in 1917 -- The 1920s -- The Great Depression -- World War II -- Postwar boom -- Postwar politics and other diversions -- Troubled times -- Environmental challenges -- Economic peaks and valleys -- Sports -- Cultural and political wars.

A history of civilization in 50 disasters

November 12, 2015
Eaton, Gale.
Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, [2015]
223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm

Lion of the Senate : when Ted Kennedy rallied the Democrats in a GOP Congress

November 12, 2015
Littlefield, Nick, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xx, 505 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Election day -- The contract with America -- The failed struggle for health reform -- Kennedy in the minority -- Preparing the resistance -- The struggle for the mind of the President -- Orrin Hatch -- Rallying the democrats -- The fight begins -- The republican attack -- Senate rules -- Will the democrats unite? -- The capitol, the Senate, and the city of Washington -- Exposing the Republican budget before Labor Day -- The Senate returns -- The first train wreck -- The second train wreck -- A new "big idea" -- Laying the groundwork -- The clash of the titans : Dole vs. Kennedy -- Clash of the titans round 2 -- Victory -- The Children's Health Initiative -- A dream fulfilled : "we owe it to Ted" -- The new challenge and the Kennedy vision.
"Two former top domestic-policy advisors to Senator Ted Kennedy offer an inside look at the fight he took up that led the demoralized 1994 Democrats to push ahead with their agenda and reach across the aisle to work with Republicans to pass key progressive legislation,"--NoveList.

Destiny and power : the American odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

November 11, 2015
Meacham, Jon.
xxiv, 836 pages, 32 unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), 25 cm
Part I. A vanished universe, Beginnings to 1942 -- Part II. War and marriage, 1942 to 1948 -- Part III. Texas and tragedy, 1948 to 1966 -- Part IV. The wars of Washington, 1966 to 1977 -- Part V. The age of Reagan, 1977 to 1989 -- Part VI. The awesome responsibility, 1989 to 1993 -- Part VII. In the twilight, 1993 to 2016.
"In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush's candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it. From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first"--Provided by publisher.

The battle for Hell's Island : how a small band of carrier dive-bombers helped save Guadalcanal

November 10, 2015
Moore, Stephen L., author.
vii, 498 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm.
Preface -- 1. "It's All Exciting As Hell" -- 2. Rocky, Swede, and "The Master" -- 3. "Hit-And-Run Attack In Impossible Weather" -- 4. "I Wanted To Hit 'Em Hard" -- 5. Deck Dodgers Find A Home -- 6. First Strikes In The Solomons -- 7. "Scratch One Flattop!" -- 8. "I Am Going To Get A Hit" -- 9. "A Real Rooster Fight" -- 10. "You Are On Your Own" -- 11. Transitions -- 12. "I Hope I Won't Disappoint You" -- 13. "Blood And Thunder" Over Hell's Island -- 14. "We'd Better Go Get The Carrier" -- 15. Battle Off The Eastern Solomons -- 16. Flight 300 on Hell's Island -- 17. "Heroes All" -- 18. Strong's Salvation -- 19. Action At Santa Cruz -- 20. Ace In A Day -- 21. "Back To Sea In A Pitiable Condition" -- 22. Desperation In The Slot -- 23. "Unflinching Courage" -- 24. Hard Losses And Hard Promises -- Appendix: Decorations Awarded To Dauntless Airmen For Action From December 7, 1941, to November 15, 1942 -- Sources -- Bibliography -- Chapter Notes -- Index.
"November 1942: Japanese and American forces have been fighting for control of Guadalcanal, a small but pivotal island in Japan's expansion through the South Pacific. Both sides have endured months of grueling battle under the worst circumstances: hellish jungles, meager rations, and tropical diseases, which have taken a severe mental and physical toll on the combatants. The Japanese call Guadalcanal Jigoku no Shima--Hell's Island. Amid a seeming stalemate, a small group of U.S. Navy dive-bombers is called upon to help determine the island's fate. The men have, until recently, been serving in their respective squadrons aboard the USS Lexington and the USS Yorktown, fighting in the thick of the Pacific War's aerial battles. Their skills have been honed to a fine edge, even as injury and death have inexorably depleted their ranks. When their carriers are lost, many of the men end up on the USS Enterprise. Battle damage to that carrier then forces them from their home at sea to operating from Henderson Field, a small dirt-and-gravel airstrip on Guadalcanal. With some Marine and Army Air Force planes, they help form the Cactus Air Force, a motley assemblage of fliers tasked with holding the line while making dangerous flights from their jungle airfield. Pounded by daily Japanese air assaults, nightly warship bombardments, and sniper attacks from the jungle, pilots and gunners rarely last more than a few weeks before succumbing to tropical ailments, injury, exhaustion, and death. But when the Japanese launch a final offensive to take the island, these dive-bomber jocks answer the call of duty--and try to perform miracles in turning back an enemy warship armada, a host of fighter planes, and a convoy of troop transports"-- Provided by publisher.

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