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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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      American Founding

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      Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82
      Source: Amazon
      Author: Elizabeth A. Fenn
      "In this engaging, creative history, Fenn (Natives and Newcomers) addresses an understudied aspect of the American Revolution: the intimate connection between smallpox and the war." (2001)
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