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Gerald Astor

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Gerald Astor is a World War II veteran and award-winning journalist and historian whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, and Esquire. He is also the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It and Operation Iceberg: The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II. He makes his home in Scarsdale, New York.

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Battling Buzzards
The Odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 1943-1945
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $7.99

Gerald Astor returns to the European Theater of Operations of World War II to bring to life one of the U.S. Army’s first elite combat units — the 517th Regimental Parachute Combat Team, also known as the Battling Buzzards.

Gerald Astor is also the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of... Read more >
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Battling Buzzards
The Odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 1943-1945
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 2, 2009
Price: $7.99

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A Blood-Dimmed Tide
The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It (Dell World War II Library)
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: December 3, 1993
Price: $7.99

An engrossing oral history of World War II's most cataclysmic land battle--told in the words of those who were there, from the top decision-makers to foot soldiers in the trenches.

Gerald Astor is also the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It and... Read more >

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The Bloody Forest
Battle for the Hurtgen: September 1944-January 1945
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $23.00

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The Bloody Forest
Battle for the Hurtgen: September 1944-January 1945
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 2, 2010
Price: $16.99

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Crisis in the Pacific
The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $7.99

Integrating the personal experiences of officers, enlisted men, correspondents, and others on both sides of the conflict, a collection of eyewitness accounts chronicles the epic struggle for control of the Philippines, from Japanese conquest and occupation to the final battle.

“No one does oral history better than Gerald Astor.”
— Stephen E... Read more >
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Crisis in the Pacific
The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 672 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: February 25, 2009
Price: $7.99

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June 6, 1944
The Voices of D-Day
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $7.99

No other chronicle of D-Day can match Gerald Astor's extraordinary work--a vivid first-person account told with stunning immediacy by the men who were there. From soldiers who waded through the bullet-riddled water to those who dropped behind enemy lines, from moments of terror and confusion to acts of incredible camaraderie and... Read more >
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June 6, 1944
The Voices of D-Day
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 16, 2009
Price: $7.99

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Semper Fi in the Sky
The Marine Air Battles of World War II
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: November 29, 2005
Price: $15.95

Here, one of America’s most popular military historians re-creates, using their own moving and powerful voices, the true stories of the U.S. Marine pilots who flew the Allies to victory in World War II. These riveting accounts recreate conflicts ranging from the Marines’ gallant defense of Wake Island, where Captain Henry... Read more >
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Semper Fi in the Sky
The Marine Air Battles of World War II
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Terrible Terry Allen
Combat General of World War II - The Life of an American Soldier
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $18.00

Terry de la Mesa Allen was one of the most remarkable soldiers in American military history. He failed out of West Point twice, yet ended up as a fearless battalion commander during World War I— personally leading patrols into no-man’s-land.

During World War II, following hard and successful combat in North Africa... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Terrible Terry Allen
Combat General of World War II - The Life of an American Soldier
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 24, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Wings of Gold
The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $18.00

From critically acclaimed military historian Gerald Astor comes Wings of Gold, the first account of how the airplane transformed the U.S. Navy and paved the way to victory in the Pacific in World War II. Astor tracks that fateful journey from its humble beginnings in 1910 when Eugene Ely flew the... Read more >
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Wings of Gold
The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II
Written by Gerald Astor


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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