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1. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
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2. Flags of Our Fathers
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3. Blood and Thunder: An Epic of
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4. 1776
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5. Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten
6. Once upon a Town: The Miracle
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7. Only One Man Died: The Medical
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8. Mayflower: A Story of Courage,
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9. Manhunt LP: The 12-Day Chase to
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10. Thunderstruck (Random House Large
11. Flags of Our Fathers (Wheeler
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12. Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman,
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13. An Album of Memories (Random House
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14. Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock,
15. D-Day, June 6, 1944 : The Climactic
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16. Under the Banner of Heaven (Random
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17. The Greatest Generation
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18. The President's House (Random
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19. Myths and Legends of the Second
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20. Love Stories of World War II (Random

1. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover (30 September, 2003)
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Isbn: 0316743798
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2-0 out of 5 stars Biased
I read Flags of Our Fathers and enjoyed it more than Flyboys.Bradley has a writing style that is difficult at times as has personal biases come through very clearly.As one other reviewer has written, I found it very odd that he often referred to MG Curtis LeMay as "Curtis."As someone writing about military history, Bradley should have more respect for the uniform and should not call a two star general by his first name like he is talking about one of his golfing buddies.This was very distracting.I also found the first couple of chapters of his history lesson very tedious and unfocused - so much so that I nearly quit reading the book.The latter chapters pick up the pace and are insightful.Bradley also devotes too much time attempting to demonize the American firebombing tactics.Thankfully Bradley's bias and negativity toward the Navy and Army is not as pronounced in Flyboys as in FOOF.This bias is especially odd considering his father was a Navy Corpsman.

3-0 out of 5 stars Desire to moralize reaches too far
I assume that the author is attempting to show that war creates an environment in which morally degenerate acts become much more likely, if not all but inevitable, on all sides of the conflict.In doing so, however, the author very frequently stretches the blanket of history too far, as when he suggests that the Japanese would have remained forever content to be isolated on their home islands if the American fleet had not paid an uninvited visit to Tokyo Bay in 1853-54 and taught the Japanese the foreign policy advantages of a strong navy.While most historians would agree that the U.S. Navy's visit served the royal court with a wake-up call regarding the existence of a world beyond Japan, that is not the same thing as assuming that without this visit no other internal or external events over the next 70 years would have spurred the Japanese to look beyond their shores and trade an isolationist philosophy for an imperial one.
4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
I found this to be a fascinating account of the war in the Pacific, and I was impressed with the fact that the author imparts a deep appreciation for America and the sacrifices our soldiers made but can still step back and look objectively at the mistakes on both sides.Does examining our own faults release the other side from responsibility for their crimes, as some other reviewers seem to feel?I don't believe so; I think it's healthy for us to examine our history so we don't make the same mistakes again.It's too bad that some people lump any critique of our own actions into the "pop-revisionist history" category.
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Subjects:  1. Atrocities    2. Biography    3. Chichi Island    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Japan    8. Military    9. Military - Aviation    10. Military - General    11. Military - United States    12. Military - World War II    13. Prisoners and prisons, Japanese    14. World War, 1939-1945    15. Biography & Autobiography / Military   


2. Flags of Our Fathers
by Random House Large Print
Paperback (05 September, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Biography    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945    6. Marines    7. Military    8. Military - United States    9. Military - World War II    10. Photographs    11. United States    12. World War II    13. History / Military / World War II   


3. Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The results of manifest destiny. . .
This is a beautifully written book that takes epic form in retelling the settling of the American southwest from 1820 through the 1860s.From the Mexican war to the removal of the Navajo from Canyon de Chelly, Hampton Sides writes an engaging account of the results of manifest destiny, showing both sides, warts and all.The white man, while seeming noble in purpose, is shown to have been lacking in honor, and while the Indians were certainly shafted time and again they had many of their own faults.Central to this story is the famous mountain man Kit Carson, a man of many contradictions: though extremely intelligent he was also illiterate; he could speak many of the native languages, understood the Indian ways, and even had Indian wives but he also participated in the slaughter and removal from their lands of these same Indians.The book also includes engaging portraits of many of the important figures of this time period:Stephen Watts Kearny, John Fremont, the Navajo warrior Narbona, and Senator Thomas Benton.Sides is even handed and honest in how he portrays all those involved.At times I felt I was reading fiction but this story is real!For a story about the modern west I have to recommend "Across the High Lonesome." I picked it up after seeing a recommendation from Larry McMurty and he was right!

5-0 out of 5 stars A full faced history of Arizona and New Mexico
In this sweeping account the lives of Kit Karson and the Navajo nation are intertwined amid scenes of western conquest, manifest destiny, war and survival.This is an epic encounter during a great period in history when the new west, Mexicans and the American Indian as well as traders and mormons and cowboys confronted one another in what has come down to us as the Wild West.Central to the this protrait is the destruction of the Navajo Nation and thier redoubt at Canyon De Chelly, but this book includes an excellent history of the Mexican-American war and the role of Fremont and Keanry and others in opening the west.However imbedded within this is the story of Kit Karson the illiterate mountain man turned welathy notable of the american west, who married Native women and spoke a half dozen languages and was pressed into service destroying the people he truly understood.
5-0 out of 5 stars Southwest Conquest at its Best
Hampton Sides shines in this well researched, exciting and very readable narrative of our great American Southwest.Each page is brimming with adventure, insight and judicious analysis.
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Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Frontier and pioneer life    3. History    4. History - U.S.    5. History: American    6. Indians of North America    7. Military - United States    8. United States - 19th Century    9. United States - 19th Century/Old West    10. Wars    11. West (U.S.)    12. History / United States / General   


4. 1776
by Large Print Press
Paperback (05 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army. He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop morale--a tie was as good as a win to the Americans, while anything short of overwhelming victory was disheartening to the British, who expected a swift end to the war. The redcoat retreat from Boston, for example, was particularly humiliating for the British, while the minor American victory at Trenton was magnified despite its limited strategic importance. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This book is great! He does a wonderful job of explaining what the early days of the war was like and the state of the colonial army was like. I never really understood how huge the odds against us where until now. The book does a great job at introducing you to Washington, his struggles and the struggles of the nation during this year.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greastest country ever, how it became.
David McCullough's book, though not thorough in introducing the reader to all the twists and turns of our nation's early history, does an excellent job in introducing George Washington, King George of England and the daunting task that Washington had in trying to hold a truly "rag tag" army together while the British tried to vanquish the Revolutionaries in the Colonies.
5-0 out of 5 stars I Wonder How It Ends?
Books on history can often be a hard sell to both publishers and readers. The rehashing of old material gets, well, old. You either have to come up with an obscure piece of history that few know about but is engaging, or you have to recreate a larger section that is known by many and give some new tidbits.
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Subjects:  1. History    2. History - U.S.    3. History: World    4. Revolutionary    5. United States - Revolutionary War   


5. Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (15 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Bataan Death March was just the beginning of the woes American soldiers captured by the Japanese army in the Philippines had to endure. The survivors of the march faced not only their captors' regular brutality (having surrendered, they were considered to be less than honorable foes), but also a host of illnesses such as dysentery and malaria. For three years these "ghost soldiers" lived in misery, suffering terrible losses.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a flight to freedom...
Ghost Soldiers is an excellent account of the liberation of the allied POW's from the Cabanatuan death camp in the Philippines. The book consists of a very large part of primary material, the authors interviews with the former prisoners and in some cases their surviving relatives.
5-0 out of 5 stars A gruesome POW journey and the great raid that liberated those that survived.
This is a great book that goes back and forward detailing two journeys that finally meet at the end.
2-0 out of 5 stars Pretentious and Boring
Despite what the tag line promises, this is not an epic story of WW II's most dramatic mission.It is ridicuous to even suggest such a thing.At best this is a superficial recounting of a late war mission which turned out not to be not nearly as dangerous as it could have been.The bravery of the men who took part in the raid cannot be questioned.However, there are countless other tales of WW II that recount much more horrificly dangerous events than the one depicted here.The book simply fails to deliver.If you are looking for a gripping tale of the horror and heroism that defined WW II this is not the one. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Cabanatuan    2. Campaigns    3. Concentration camps    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. Military    7. Military - Strategy    8. Military - United States    9. Military - World War II    10. Philippines    11. Regimental histories    12. United States    13. World War, 1939-1945    14. History / Military / World War II   


6. Once upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen
by HarperLargePrint
Paperback (04 June, 2002)
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Isbn: 0060093870
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Millions of American soldiers, many of whom had never left their hometowns before, crossed the nation by rail during the years of World War II on their way to training camps and distant theaters of battle. In a little town in Nebraska, countless thousands of them met with extraordinary hospitality--the "miracle" of veteran journalist Bob Greene's title. "The best America there ever was. Or at least, whatever might be left of it." So Greene writes of North Platte, now a quiet town along the interstate, its main street all but dead. It was a quiet town then, too, at the outbreak of the war, but still a hive of activity as its citizens gathered to provide, at their own expense, coffee, sandwiches, books, playing cards, and time to the scared young men who rolled through by the trainload, "telling them that their country cared about them." Greene's pages are full of the voices of those who were there, soldiers and townspeople alike, who took part in what amounted to small acts of heroism, given the shortages and rationing of the time. Greene, generous in his praise if rather disheartened by the modern world, against which he contrasts the past, turns in a remarkable account of the home front. It deserves the widest audience. Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Oey! A great story but NOT a good storyteller.
I agree that the story of the North Platte canteen and all the people supporting it for all those years is wonderful, incredible, definitely a story needing telling.
4-0 out of 5 stars Feel good book about the greatest generation . . .
It was a monumental act of generosity that kept the North Platte Canteen in operation from 1941 to 1945, offering food, drink, and gratitude to the multitude of troop trains carrying young servicemen through Nebraska during WWII. Greene's book is a tribute to those who made it possible - a scrapbook of memories recalled by men and women who are now in their 70s, 80s and older.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Good Old, Bad Old Days
Good, because of everyone being so generous.Bad, because it was the beginning of World War II and so many Americans, particularly in the midwest, had suffered enough in the first world war that they bitterly opposed US entry into the War until the day that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and isolationism became a thing of the past.Still that change from opposition to the war to a full-scale call for vengeance must have been a bewildering one for the little people of the midwest, and they showed it in the incidents that led to establishing the North Platte Canteen.
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Subjects:  1. Canteens (Establishments)    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. Large type books    6. Military - World War II    7. Nebraska    8. North Platte    9. United States - 20th Century    10. United States - State & Local - General    11. Volunteer Work    12. World War, 1939-1945    13. History / Military / World War II   


7. Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (LARGE PRRINT)
by Ye Galleon Pr
Hardcover (November, 1998)
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8. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
by Thorndike Press
Hardcover (07 June, 2006)
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Isbn: 0786286202
Sales Rank: 227369
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Filling In The Blanks
Mayflower is simply a master work of history and Philbrick has demonstrated a definite mastery not only of the era of which he writes, but in particular the personalities who dominated the times.Philbrick pulls no punches and is not an advocate of any politically correct position.Both the English settlers and the Native Americans come into their own fair share of praise and criticism.This is not a rewrite of American history; he sets new standards as he explores much more than just the landing of the ship but follows with the establishment of Plymouth Plantation and eventually touches the point when the Native American dominance of the area vanished.
4-0 out of 5 stars Give it back to the Indians!
Philbrick has done another superb job in researching an little-known time and event. I read a review that said he spent too little time on the actual crossing of the Mayflower and hence I almost did not get this book.I am very glad I did purchase and read it.How little we all really know or can even imagine of the hardships faced by the brave Pilgrims.And how little we knew of the fate that befell the Native Americans.Both a heartbreaking and heartwarming book and I recommend it to any and all Americans.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for this Thanksgiving.
From an early age, I have been fascinated with American history.It has been exceedingly difficult for me, therefore, to understand why history seems to be the worst taught subject in primary-secondary schools.Social studies tend to have the poorest passing rates of the core subjects in standardized exams.Some scientific and lesser surveys find college students and many teachers unable to identify the most significant events in this nation's life.Little wonder, then that manipulative politicians so easily mislead the public into viewing current events using artificial facts and fallacious cause-effects.
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Subjects:  1. 1600-1750    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History - U.S.    5. History: American    6. Indians of North America    7. Large type books    8. Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)    9. United States - Colonial Period    10. Wars   


9. Manhunt LP: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Kill
by HarperLargePrint
Paperback (07 February, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 225772
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Subjects:  1. Assassination    2. Case studies    3. Criminal Investigation    4. Criminology    5. Fugitives from justice    6. General    7. History    8. History - General History    9. History - U.S.    10. History: American    11. Investigation    12. United States    13. United States - Civil War    14. History / General   


10. Thunderstruck (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (24 October, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. England    4. Fiction - Mystery/ Detective    5. Great Britain    6. History    7. History: American    8. Investigation    9. London    10. Murder    11. Murderers    12. Mystery & Detective - Traditional British    13. United States - 20th Century    14. History / United States / 20th Century   


11. Flags of Our Fathers (Wheeler Large Print Book Series (Paper))
by Large Print Press
Paperback (November, 2001)
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Isbn: 1568951825
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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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. The battle was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, and it produced one of World War II's enduring images: a photograph of six soldiers raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Flags of Our Fathers" - A Timely Look at a Bloody Battle in Our History
Quite a while ago, Nick Olmsted, a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, recommended that I read "Flags of Our Fathers." I am glad that I finally got around to taking his advice. This story struck me on many levels at once, and this seems to be an opportune time to share some of my thoughts about this remarkable book, written by James Bradley, the son of one of the six Marines whose iconic picture of the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima riveted a war-weary nation.
5-0 out of 5 stars A hard book to read.
World War II seems such a long time ago for so many of us. Most Americans today weren't yet born when it took place. For this reason, I believe everyone old enough to comprehend its stories should read this book. James Bradley and Ron Powers have written a heart-pounding record of the thirty-five bloody days it took to wrest Iwo Jima (Sulfur Island) from the Japanese. The photograph of the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi (1/400th of a second's space in time) is recognized around the world. The men who raised it: John "Doc" Bradley (the author's father);Harlon Block; Rene Gagnon; Ira Hayes; Franklin Sousley; and Mike Strank became instant heroes (though Block, Sousley and Strank died not long after). Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon lived to tell the tale, though both Hayes and Gagnon would die with the pain of their experiences on Iwo Jima seared into their psyches to the point they could not live with it successfully.
4-0 out of 5 stars 1/400th of a second in time
"It's funny what a picture can do":1/400th of a second in time.
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12. Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan
by Belknap Press
Paperback (30 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent study
I was quite surprised to find a lot of interesting information in this book that I had no idea about.I am not very familiar with the pacific campaign in WWII nor about the political complications that existed between the three/four parties mentioned in this book, but in the end I'm very please I read this book and have a new outlook on the Soviet involvement with the end of the war in the pacific.While many like to believe that the two A-bombs were the main reason for Japan's surrender and acceptance of the Potsdam Proclamation the reality of the matter is that the Soviet entry into the war played the largest role.Reactions in Japanese high officials diaries attest to the fact that while the A-bomb was a surprise the invasion of Japanese controlled territory by Soviet forces was a great surprise and the event that finally forced the Japanese to rethink their stance in the war.Even after both A-bombs were dropped there were still those in Japan that wanted to keep fighting but the fact that they could no longer negotiate through the Soviet Union made them reconsider and listen to those who wanted peace at whatever price.All in all a good investment for a new point of view on the war in the pacific and a very interesting and gripping story of how the war came to an end and what role(s) Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin, Hirohito, and many others played.

4-0 out of 5 stars Challenging American Mythology
The American myth is that the atomic bomb was the show stopper which precipitated an awe-struck reflex Japanese surrender, and by shortening the war saved not only thousands of American lives, but perhaps thousands of Japanese as well.
5-0 out of 5 stars Truth Uncovered
Prof. Hasegawa's painstakingly researched work shines new light on the diplomatic games played as the War in the Pacific came to an end. Reading archival documents in English, Russian, and Japanese, many available for the first time, he is able to shed light on the rationale behind the dropping of the A-Bomb and Japanese efforts to end the war through Soviet mediation. The documented evidence Prof. Hasegawa presents is truly shocking, and shows the debates within all three governments regarding how the war would end. While some might disregard this book as 'revisionist', disregarding any new research and evidence that might question accepted narratives, anybody who is truly intersted in reading top-notch scholarship on one of the most important events in modern history should not let this book pass by. Prof. Hasegawa is one of the most respected Cold War historians in the world, and this book only cements his scholarly reputation. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Military    4. Military - World War II    5. Asian / Middle Eastern history: Second World War    6. Europe    7. European history: Second World War    8. History / Military / World War II    9. Japan    10. Second World War, 1939-1945   


13. An Album of Memories (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (01 May, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars More memories from the "Greatest Generation"
Brokaw provides another moving tribute to what he refers to as the "Greatest Generation." Many of the letters included here are quite emotional and touching. This book also includes timelines for the war in Europe, the Pacific, and the homefront, as well as the depression, and also touches on areas not addressed in the two earlier books. There is also an abundance of period photographs and copies of documents, submitted by the letter writers. These help to put a human face on the various stories.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gift for the older and greater generation
I found this book while searching on Amazon.com for gift ideas. I have not read the book but it seems to be just what I need to finish a gift for my father.My parents grew up during the Great Depression and as a result saved everything.Last year I cleaned out the attic of the family home and sorted through bags and boxes of what we now refer to as disposable items such as bags of pencil stubs (did they really think they would use them again...especially if they are stuffed in the attic?).However, being the child of "savers" has paid off.I am preparing an "album of memories"of the original letters that my father, Roger Griffith, a WWII Navy veteran, sent to his parents during the war.I plan to buy Mr. Brokaw's "An Album of Memories"as a companion to the my album.Mr. Brokaw has again made gift giving easier for the older and greater generation.Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Trenchant, poignant, touching!
Being a baby boomer, I have not truly experienced war, albeit was born during WWII and have never failed to be impressed by its stories of bravery, of sacrifice, of unrelenting determination to pursue the glory that awaits those WWII heroes who have not died in vain, for all of us, and for our country. I have only read the book reviews but I feel that I have read the entire book. I also fully concur with my fellow book reviewers that the WWII veterans are, perhaps, not the most recognized, to this writing, as opposed to those veterans of recent wars. Some of the WWII veterans have long died, as well, such as those from the Bataan Death March, waiting to be recognized in vain. This is what truly hurts the most.Read more

Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: American    4. Large type books    5. Military - World War II    6. Personal Memoirs    7. Personal narratives    8. Personal narratives, American    9. United States - 20th Century    10. World War, 1939-1945    11. History / Military / World War II   


14. Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (10 May, 2005)
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15. D-Day, June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II (Large Print Edition)
by G. K. Hall & Company
Hardcover (March, 1999)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good account of the US involvement at D-Day
Several others sum up my feelings on this book, so I will keep it brief.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of Ambrose's best works.
I recently finished Band of Brothers and was amazed and how great a writer Ambrose was.So I ordered D-Day, Citizen Soldiers and The Victors.I'm roughly half-way through D-Day and can already say that it is one of the best books I've ever read.I work on second shift and get off work at 11:30 PM.I go home and start reading and can't put this book down.The next thing I know I look at the clock and it's 3 or 4 in the morning, and I can't believe the time went by so fast.Ambrose was a brilliant military historian.His descriptions of everything is so detailed.If you've watched Band of Brothers on TV you owe it to yourself to check out some of Ambrose's other works.I know you'll love them.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fails as a military history book
The oral history approach by Ambrose & Co offers certainly has its attraction. And if this book would have consisted of personal accounts of D-Day veterans only, I think it would have made a valuable, insightful, and memorable account of this landmark battle.
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16. Under the Banner of Heaven (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (15 July, 2003)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Murder, Religion, MormonsandFundamentalists
This is sort of "The DaVinci Code" of Mormonism.The difference though, is that Krakauer, unlike Dan Brown, does much better reasearch and is not writing fiction.Krakauer also reveals his personal biases in the author's notes at the end.
1-0 out of 5 stars Great works of fiction
I read the first 1/3 of the book, and had to quit, because it falls into my "great work of fiction" category.My major complaint with the book is with it's history of Mormonism.I have read the various official stories about how the gold plates were found, how the church was organized and other events from the LDS church.I have also read various differing accounts by detractors.
4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Take on LDS Origins, Current Schisms and a Tragic Crime Spree
When I first read Jon Krakauer's INTO THIN AIR, I became fascinated with all things Everest.(All things except actually climbing the growing peak, that is.)So when this became a book club pick, my curiosity was piqued.(Glad I got my 'p' word quota out of the way this early.)
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17. The Greatest Generation
by Random House Large Print
Paperback (07 December, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Painfully bad writing
I was assigned this book as preparation for an A.P. English class, and I was incredibly disappointed with it. Although it features some stirring stories of bravery and compassion (hence the two stars), every word of it is poured over with syrup and then carelessly vomited onto the page. Only about half of the words in this book are necessary at all to the context of the stories it tells; the rest are flag-waving literary masturbation. Consider sentences like these:
4-0 out of 5 stars good retrospection
Tom Brokaw has wriiten quite a good book using the common men and women as the forces of retrospection. Of course, he only mentions people he knew or came across in the generation, missing out a lot of others.
5-0 out of 5 stars This brought back memories-good and bad
This was the first book my wife gave me about the war. It started me thinking of all I went through when I was in the war. As an introduction to the generations who weren't there, I think this was super. For us who were there, I am glad to see it documented in such a manner. Thank you for writing this book! ... Read more

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18. The President's House (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (04 November, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative and Entertaining
I listened to the Audio CD version of this book.
4-0 out of 5 stars A fun and insightful read....
While Margaret Truman isn't on the same level as Ken Burns, Shelby Foote or other historians her books are a fun read. Who better to tell you about the White House than someone whose parents spent seven years in residence (although due to renovations it was not technically seven years - they spent some time at the Blair House).
4-0 out of 5 stars Inside the White House by a Famous First Daughter
Margaret Truman is, of course, the daughter of President Harry Truman and his wife Bess. She is the most prolific writing child of any American Chief Executiv. Margaret Truman has written several mysteries and histories about life in Washington which are written in a popular style easy to understand and enjoy.Read more

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19. Myths and Legends of the Second World War
by Ulverscroft Large Print
Hardcover (30 April, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Debunking the misconceptions, myths, and misunderstandings arising from conflicts
Myths And Legends Of The Second World War by James Hayward is an impressive collection of lore and lies, folk stories and propaganda generated misinformation drawn from every theatre of World War II. Debunking the misconceptions, myths, and misunderstandings arising from conflicts, Myths And Legends Of The Second World War addresses and corrects such "tall tale" stories as the "Foo Fighters" and UFOs, German Parachutists dressed as nuns, Hitler's escape to South America, German U-boat bases in Ireland, Herman Hess and the British Royals, a massacre that never took place, an invasion that never was, and other enduring myths. Offering a large print format for easy reading and enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography, Myths And Legends Of The Second World War is very highly recommended reading military buffs for its clarifications and explanations of World War II's most enduring but quite erroneous stories.
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20. Love Stories of World War II (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (06 November, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Romantic
This is a great book for all ages. I'm 22 and I obviously wasn't alive during WWII, but I still find the stories so very touching and romantic. You feel as though you know the individuals personally when you read their stories and you get this warm spot in your chest when everything comes together and works out for them during that time of war.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing lack of content
I read this book because my mother and father, a career soldier, were married shortly before World War II, after knowing each other only 3 months. I hoped this book would offer me some interesting insights. But trust me, this book has no insights to offer. The vignettes are too short and most seem incomplete; further, they are repetitious and shallow, and the whole book is poorly written. Do not waste your time. Instead, spend it finding one of the really good books on WWII; there are plenty out there. Larry King must be spreading himself too thin these days!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
I bought this book for my mother. My father is a world war II vet. She tells me it brought back many memories - some happy, some sad. Overall, she really enjoyed it. I would recommend it as a great gift for parents and grandparents who lived through it. ... Read more

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