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                      47 visitors recommend:
                      Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
                      "As grippingly as any novelist, preeminent World War II historian Stephen Ambrose tells the horrifying, hallucinatory saga of Easy Company" Ambrose takes us along on Easy Company's trip from grueling basic training to Utah Beach on D-day to the Battle of the Bulge to the liberation of Dachau to Hitler's 'Eagle's Nest.' (2001)
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                      42 visitors recommend:
                      The Long Walk
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Slavomir Rawicz
                      Country: Poland
                      "Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag ... a year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south." (1997)
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                      22 visitors recommend:
                      Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
                      Ambrose "focuses on the combat experiences of ordinary soldiers, as opposed to the generals who led them, and offers a series of compelling vignettes that read like an enterprising reporter's dispatches from the front lines." (1998)
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                      21 visitors recommend:
                      An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Rick Atkinson
                      A great book. It's pacted with historical insights and observations, but it's not boring. It's the most readable, enjoyable WWII history book I've read in years. (Oct. 2002)
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                      9 visitors recommend:
                      Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: Donald Burgett
                      "The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (fictional Private Ryan's unit) were ready for some well earned rest and recuperation. Following their combat in the Normandy Invasion, the division had been mauled during Field Marshal Montgomery's ill-fated Operation Market Garden, the campaign for the 'bridge too far' immortalized by Cornelius Ryan." Amazon.com readers give it 5 stars. (May 1999)
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                      6 visitors recommend:
                      The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II
                      Source: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
                      Author: Donovan Webster
                      In "The Burma Road" Donovan Webster vividly recreates the missions and adventures of Vinegar Joe Stilwell, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the eccentric British General Orde Wingate, and others who served in the China-India-Burma theater in World War 2. It's a entertaining, informative read.
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                      5 visitors recommend:
                      Five Days in London: May 1940
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: John Lukacs
                      City: London, Country: United Kingdom
                      From an Amazon reader: "This is a short book but one I predict you may want to re-read. We all know the story of how Winston Churchill rallied the British people in their darkest hour when they stood alone against Nazi tyranny. What we didn't know was how close it all came to falling apart, until now." (2001)
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                      5 visitors recommend:
                      Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II
                      Source: Burford Books
                      Author: Charles B. MacDonald
                      "As a newly commissioned Captain of a veteran Army regiment, MacDonald's first combat was war at its most hellish-the Battle of the Bulge." Amazon.com readers give it 4.5 stars. (November 1999)
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      With Our Backs to Berlin
                      Source: Sutton Publishing
                      Author: Tony LeTissier
                      "Based upon interviews with a wide-range of former German Army and SS soldiers, these unique personal episodes vividly depict the extraordinary circumstances of the Third Reich's final days as armies closed in from all sides. LeTissier's interviews link the brutality of combat with the humanity of the desperate battles." (May 2001)
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      D-DAY: The Greatest Invasion - A People's History
                      Source: Word Trends
                      Author: Dan van der Vat
                      E-mail: petercostanzo@wordtrends.com
                      Richly illustrated with hundreds of historical photographs -- many from private photo albums -- as well as personal artifacts, dramatic paintings by the many war artists on the scene, and modern color photographs, this book captures and preserves for a new generation the entire human drama and heroism that marked that unforgettable "longest day."
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      Rainbow Over Hell: The Death Row Deliverance of a World War II Assassin
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Tsuneyuki Mohri, Translated by Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson
                      City: Island of Saipan
                      Rainbow Over Hell (Pacific Press: Nampa, ID) is a dramatic true story about the Battle of Saipan.
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                      3 visitors recommend:
                      On Time, On Target: The World War II Memoir os a Field Artillery Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: John McKenzie
                      The 'All Americans' of the 82nd Airborne Division (their distinctive red-white-and-blue shoulder patch featured a stylized double-A representing the fact that their World War I 'ancestors,' the 82nd Infantry Division had been frawn from across the United States) participated in some of the toughest fighting of World War II." Amazon.com readers give it 4.5 stars. (May 2000)
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                      Air Forces, Military Aviation

                      9 visitors recommend:
                      The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s over Germany
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
                      "Long before he entered politics, when he was just in his early 20s, South Dakotan George McGovern flew 35 bomber missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery under fire. Stephen Ambrose, the industrious historian, focuses on McGovern and the young crew of his B-24 bomber, volunteers all, in this vivid study of the air war in Europe." (2001)
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                      5 visitors recommend:
                      Decision at Nagasaki: The Mission that Almost Failed
                      Source: Bockscar.com co-pilot home page
                      Author: Lt. Col. Fred Olivi (USAF Ret.)
                      E-mail: info@bockscar.com
                      This book by the co-pilot of Bockscar, the plane that dropped the second atomic bomb, tells the story of the "mission that almost failed" -- but succeed, and thereby ended World War II.
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                      1 visitors recommend:
                      Britain's Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe
                      Source: Sutton Publishing
                      Author: David Zimmerman
                      "This is the first comprehensive study of how a small group of scientists, engineers, airmen and politicians sought to integrate radar into the British Air Defenses." (September 2001)
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                      0 visitors recommend:
                      Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: John C. McManus
                      "Using the same approach as in Deadly Brotherhood, his previous book on combat soldiers and marines, author McManus examines the dangerous world of the American combat airmen in World War II." Amazon.com readers give it 4.5 stars. (April 2000)
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                      Army, Infantry Battles

                      15 visitors recommend:
                      D-Day June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
                      Ambrose "provides a comprehensive history of the invasion which also eloquently testifies as to how common soldiers performed extraordinary feats .... The many small stories that Ambrose collected from paratroopers, sailors, infantrymen, and civilians make the excitement, confusion, and sheer terror of D-day come alive on the page." (1994)
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                      9 visitors recommend:
                      Crossing the Sauer: A Memoir of World War II
                      Source: Burford Books
                      Author: Charles Reis Felix
                      "Crossing the Sauer is a tough, vivid, honest, and tautly written memoir of advancing through Germany with Patton's Third Army." (April 2002)
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                      8 visitors recommend:
                      Kasserine Pass: Rommel's Bloody, Climatic Battle for Tunisia
                      Source: Cooper Square Press
                      Author: Martin Blumenson
                      "The desert battle at Kasserine Pass in February 1943 was the first real confrontation between American and German troops, and the one that pitted Eisenhower's and Patton's leadership against Rommel's." (September 2000)
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                      5 visitors recommend:
                      Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: Belton Y. Cooper, foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose
                      "As American tanks raced across France, one fact became immediately clear: One-on-one, the Sherman tank with its 75 mm main gun was no match for the more heavily armored and heavily-gunned German tanks that it faced across the battlefield." Amazon.com readers give it 4.5 stars. (September 1998)
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      The Deadly Brotherhood: The American Combat Soldier in World War II
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: John C. McManus
                      "How is it that soldiers can leave the safety, albeit dubious, of a foxhole and attack knowing that it may result in their grave injury or even death?" Amazon.com readers give it 4.5 stars. (June 1998)
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      Island Victory : The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall
                      One of the best descriptions of combat in the Pacific war. The book tells the stories of squad and platoon fights with holed-up Japanese on islands no more than 250 yards wide. There are no generals or colonels here, no high-level planning or strategy. This is the story of ground combat from the vantage point of the individual infantryman. (1983)
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                      3 visitors recommend:
                      Battling For Saipan: The True Story of an American Hero
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: Francis A. O'Brien
                      "The inspiring story of Lieutenant Colonel William J. O'Brien and his battalion at Saipan." (June 2002)
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                      3 visitors recommend:
                      The Mortarmen
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Michael Connelly
                      "The Mortarmen is the epic and never before told story of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. The men of the 87th landed on Utah Beach on D-Day with their 4.2" mortars and quickly became one of the most sought after fire support units in the European Theater of Operations (ETO)."
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                      2 visitors recommend:
                      Crumbling Empire: The German Defeat In the East, 1944
                      Source: Praeger Publishers
                      Author: Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr.
                      "Mitcham chronicles the crushing German defeats that ensued during the final months of the war." (September 2001)
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                      2 visitors recommend:
                      Company Commander
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Charles B. MacDonald
                      One of the most moving and honest first-person accounts of small-unit command responsibility available. MacDonald was one of the youngest captains in the Army in 1944 when his company was hit and overrun in the first hours of the German offensive. (1978)
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                      1 visitors recommend:
                      My Time in War
                      Source: ray t nawrocki
                      E-mail: mark@mytimeinwar.com
                      "This book is about a young man from Clinton Indiana who did not hesitate to answer the call of his country. It didn't matter whether he wanted to go or not. He like many other young men from small towns answered the call, to protect the rights of all individuals then and now, family or strangers. Many of them laid down their lives so that today you have a choice to read this book or not."
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                      Navy, Sea Battles

                      14 visitors recommend:
                      In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Doug Stanton
                      "On July 26, 1945, the heavy cruiser Indianapolis steamed into port at the Pacific island of Tinian, carrying a cargo that would end World War II: the uranium that would be dropped on Hiroshima just three weeks later ... On the night of July 29 ... the submarine I-58 sank the American ship, killing nearly 900 sailors in the explosion and its terrible aftermath." (2001)
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                      12 visitors recommend:
                      At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Gordon Prange
                      "Prange's exhaustive interviews of people on both sides enable him to tell the story in such personal terms that the reader is bound to feel its power." --New York Times Book Review. Although the book is over 700 pages long, the style is readable, the story interesting, and the treatment complete.(1982)
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                      8 visitors recommend:
                      Midway Dauntless Victory
                      Source: Pen and Sword
                      Author: Peter C Smith
                      E-mail: enquiries@pen-and-sword.co.uk
                      "Fresh Perspectives on America's Seminal Naval Victory of World War II."
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                      6 visitors recommend:
                      Descent Into Darkness: Pearl Harbor, 1941: A Navy Diver's Memoir
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: Edward C. Raymer
                      "A tribute to the audacious Navy divers who performed the almost super-human deeds that served to shorten the war." Amazon.com readers give it 4.5 stars. (January 1996)
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                      5 visitors recommend:
                      The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: William Tuohy
                      "This book contains facts not covered in the other books I have found. Sure it covers the great history of U.S. submarines. But it also covers what went on behind the actions. It also uncovers some of the gross blunders made. If you are into WW II submare history this is one book to have." (2001)
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                      5 visitors recommend:
                      Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway
                      Source: Burford Books
                      Author: Walter Lord
                      "A remarkable account of what has been called 'the most decisive naval battle since Trafalgar.'" --Los Angeles Times. Amazon.com readers give it 5 stars. (April 1998)
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      Day of Infamy
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Walter Lord
                      One of the few books on Pearl Harbor that is very accessible. It begins in the predawn hours and details the fascinating, dramatic events of the day. The book is short, and Lord writes in a clear, journalistic style. (1957)
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                      2 visitors recommend:
                      The U-Boat Wars
                      Source: Cooper Square Press
                      Author: Edwin P. Hoyt
                      "The U-Boat Wars is the dramatic story of the rise and fall of Germany's submarine fleet in World War II. Four months into the war U-boats had sunk one-third of the British battleships; six months after America's entry half the United States' total tonnage lay on the ocean floor. Yet, by the war's end, three-quarters of the U-boat crews had been slain." (April 2002)
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                      2 visitors recommend:
                      They Came Unseen: Epic Submarine Actions of the Second World War
                      Source: Sutton Publishing
                      Author: Richard Compton-Hall and William Scanlan Murphy
                      "Whether fighting enemy ships on the sea surface, or firing torpedoes whilst submerged and invisible to the enemy, these true stories are compelling. Portraits of the submariners reveal heroic bravery, but also humorous escapades and some of the most odd characters indeed, all striving to exist, live, and fight within a cramped steel tube." (October 2002)
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                      Marines

                      30 visitors recommend:
                      Flags of Our Fathers: The Battle of Iwo Jima
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: James Bradley and Ron Powers
                      "The Battle of Iwo Jima, fought in the winter of 1945 on a rocky island south of Japan, brought a ferocious slice of hell to earth: in a month's time, more than 22,000 Japanese soldiers would die defending a patch of ground a third the size of Manhattan, while nearly 26,000 Americans fell taking it from them." (2000)
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                      6 visitors recommend:
                      Guadalcanal Diary
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Richard Tregaskis
                      A classic in war reporting that came out of the fighting on Guadalcanal. (1984)
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                      Paratroopers, Special Forces

                      17 visitors recommend:
                      Currahee: A Paratrooper's Account of the Normandy Invasion
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: Donald R. Burgett, foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose
                      "This acknowledged classic vividly portrays the tragic chaos of war accompanied by incredible acts of heroism in the midst of death and destruction." Amazon readers give it 5 stars. (September 1999)
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                      Espionage

                      10 visitors recommend:
                      We Die Alone: A World War II Epic of Escape and Endurance
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: David Howarth
                      If this story of espionage and survival were a novel, readers might dismiss the Shackleton-like exploits of its hero as too fantastic to be taken seriously. But respected historian David Howarth confirmed the details of Jan Baalsrud's riveting tale ... astonishing stuff." (1999)
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                      4 visitors recommend:
                      The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and World War II
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Howard Blum
                      Country: United Kingdom
                      A look into the clandestine operations of the Jewish Brigade Group, a unit of some 5,000 Jews who fought with the British Eighth Army in Italy in the waning months of the war. Once they learned the true extent of the holocaust, soldiers of the brigade began using intelligence reports to pinpoint the location of former SS officers and camp guards and take vengeance. (2001)
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                      0 visitors recommend:
                      Anthony Blunt: His Lives
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Miranda Carter
                      Country: United Kingdom
                      From an Amazon reader: "This superb biography reveals in depth the many 'lives' led by art historian spy Anthony Blunt who worked concurrently for British and Soviet espionage agencies during WW II, but actually betrayed his homeland)." (2002)
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                      Civilian Life

                      5 visitors recommend:
                      Hitler's Shadow War: The Holocaust and World War II
                      Source: Cooper Square Press
                      Author: Donald M. McKale
                      "Examines the entire history of Hitler's racial war, including the murderous role of the 'Wehrmacht' in the extermination of Jews; Jewish resistance; and the role of German citizens as both enablers and witnesses." (August 2002)
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                      Politics of War

                      4 visitors recommend:
                      The Enola Gay and the Court of History
                      Source: Presidio Press
                      Author: Robert P. Newman
                      "This smoldering historical controversy finally burst into public prominence as World War II air force veterans rose up to protest the condemnatory tone of the planned Smithsonian exhibit of the Enola Gay at the National Air and Space Museum." (June 2002)
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                      Prisoners of War

                      15 visitors recommend:
                      Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
                      Source: Amazon
                      Author: Hampton Sides
                      "The Bataan Death March was just the beginning of the woes American soldiers captured by the Japanese army in the Philippines had to endure .... For three years these "ghost soldiers" lived in misery, suffering terrible losses." (2001)
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                      6 visitors recommend:
                      I Am Alive
                      Source: Random House
                      Author: Major Bruce H. Norton, USMC, (Ret.)
                      E-mail: bruce.norton@citadel.edu
                      The edited stories of Marine SgtMaj. Charles R. Jackson, a WWII POW. Jackson survived imprisonment, hellship, and forced labor in the bottom of a Mitsubishi Copper mine, for nearly four years.
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                      1 visitors recommend:
                      Ships From Hell: Japanese War Crimes on the High Seas
                      Source: Sutton Publishing
                      Author: Raymond Lamont-Brown
                      "Using eyewitness accounts and official sources, this is a new and frightening insight into the atrocities committed at sea." (May 2002)
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