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Counting the Days
POWs, Internees, and Stragglers of World War II in the Pacific
Written by Craig B. Smith

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-355-0 (1-58834-355-3)

Six riveting, true stories--told largely in their own words--of people who survived the realities of imprisonment during World War II in the Pacific

Counting the Days is the story of six prisoners of war imprisoned by both sides during the conflict the Japanese called the “Pacific War.” As in all wars, the... Read more >
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The Last Mission
The Secret History of World War II's Final Battle
Written by Jim Smith and Malcolm McConnell

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 6, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0779-8 (0-7679-0779-5)

How close did the Japanese come to not surrendering to Allied forces on August 15, 1945? On the final night of the war, as Emperor Hirohito recorded a message of surrender for the Japanese people, a band of Japanese rebels, commanded by War Minister Anami's elite staff, burst into the palace... Read more >
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Bletchley Park
Written by Michael Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1215-9 (0-7478-1215-2)

Around 100 people arrived at Bletchley in August 1939, but by the beginning of 1944 there were around 10,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds. Young women who had left school at 15 worked alongside senior academics and service officers with everyone treated as equals. To quote an American who... Read more >

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Eagle Against the Sun
The American War With Japan
Written by Ronald Spector

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1985
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74101-7 (0-394-74101-3)

Only now can the full scope of the war in the Pacific be fully understood. Historian Ronald Spector, drawing on newly declassified intelligence files, an abundance of British and American archival material, Japanese scholarship and documents, and research and memoirs of scholarly and military men, has written a stunning, complete and... Read more >

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In the Ruins of Empire
The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia
Written by Ronald Spector

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6732-6 (0-8129-6732-1)

Now in Paperback

With access to recently available firsthand accounts by Chinese, Japanese, British, and American witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, acclaimed historian Ronald Spector tells for the first time the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out–or merely continued–in Asia after peace was proclaimed at the... Read more >
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P-38 Lightning Aces 1942-43

Written by John Stanaway

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-332-8 (1-78200-332-0)

The first P-38s became operational with the 1st Fighter Group in April 1941, and the initial combat deployments were made in Alaska, the Southwest Pacific and North Africa during the latter part of 1942. Photographic reconnaissance versions of the P-38 were in action even sooner when F-4 (P-38E) models were rushed... Read more >
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Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Written by Bettina Stangneth
Translated by Ruth Martin

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95967-6 (0-307-95967-8)

A total and groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann—a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich and that permanently challenges Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil.”

Smuggled out of Europe after... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Witnesses of War
Children's Lives Under the Nazis
Written by Nicholas Stargardt

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3379-9 (1-4000-3379-9)

Children were at the center of the Nazi ideology; now we have their history of those years. In this groundbreaking study–based on a wide range of new sources–Nicholas Stargardt details what happened to children of all nationalities and religions living under the Nazi regime. Their stories open a world we have... Read more >
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Marine Combat Correspondent
World War II in the Pacific
Written by Samuel E. Stavisky

Format: Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: August 3, 1999
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1865-1 (0-8041-1865-5)

In 1942, Washington Post writer Sam Stavisky heard that the U.S. Marine Corps was creating a unique unit of rifle-toting writers, the Combat Correspondent Corps. After completing the rigors of boot camp every grunt must endure, a chosen few civilian reporters would be transformed into Marines, then be assigned to the... Read more >

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Lost Battalions
Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944
Written by Franz Steidl

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-89141-727-9 (0-89141-727-3)

In the autumn of 1944, during fierce fighting in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France, one of the most amazing incidents in military history occurred: the rescue of two infantry battalions, one American, one German, cut off, far behind the enemy lines of each. Includes bibliographical references.

“Lost Battalions is an extraordinary... Read more >
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The Souvenir
A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War
Written by Louise Steinman

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 18, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-701-4 (1-55643-701-3)

Selected by Penn State for its Freshman Year Reading Program

Louise Steinman’s American childhood in the fifties was bound by one unequivocal condition: “Never mention the war to your father.” That silence sustained itself until the fateful day Steinman opened an old ammunition box left behind after her parents’ death. In it... Read more >
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No Ordinary Men
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
Written by Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-681-8 (1-59017-681-2)

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did–the... Read more >
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The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

Written by Mark Stille

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: December 9, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0146-3 (1-4728-0146-6)

From the stunning victory at Pearl Harbor to its dramatic reversal at Midway, the Imperial Japanese Navy swept all before it in its numerous victories in the Pacific and Far Eastern waters. The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War pulls from many of Osprey's bestselling books on the subject in... Read more >
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US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75
Wartime and Post-war Classes
Written by Mark Stille
Illustrated by Paul Wright

Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-632-9 (1-78200-632-X)

Fast and heavily armed, the Baltimore class was an evolution of the heavy cruiser designs from before World War II, but without the limitations imposed by the Washington Naval Treaty. Versatile vessels, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly... Read more >
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The Battle of Britain

Written by Neil Storey

Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1047-6 (0-7478-1047-8)

In the skies above south-east England in 1940, battle was waged between the men and machines of the Royal Air Force and Hitler's Luftwaffe. At stake was air superiority, and the Germans intended this to be a first step in the invasion of Britain. Squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires, then among... Read more >

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Behind Hitler's Lines
The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II
Written by Thomas H. Taylor

Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 1, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-845-0 (0-89141-845-8)

Behind Hitler's Lines is the story of the first American paratrooper, Joe Beyrle, to land in Normandy and the only soldier to fight for both the United States and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. It is a story of battle, followed by a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes... Read more >
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US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

Written by Barrett Tillman

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-410-3 (1-78200-410-6)

The classic 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne immortalized the USMC pilots who had fought in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomons.

The US Marine Corps has a long and proud heritage of aviation excellence, celebrating its centenary in 2012. While "flying leathernecks" made their mark in both world... Read more >
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The Use of Man

Written by Aleksandar Tisma
Translated by Bernard Johnson
Introduction by Claire Messud

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-726-6 (1-59017-726-6)

Aleksandar Tišma’s The Use of Man is an unsparing and unequaled reckoning with the destruction of human life, self, and being in war, a book about a particular time and place, World War II and the Balkans, but nonetheless for all times. Set on the banks in the multiethnic town of... Read more >
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Adolf Hitler
The Definitive Biography
Written by John Toland

Format: Trade Paperback, 1120 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42053-2 (0-385-42053-6)

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs and dramatic interviews with Adolf Hitler's colleagues and associates, Toland explores Hitler's childhood, military career and personal life, as well as his rise to power and the forces that led to his demise. Includes photographs and maps. Read more >
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The Last 100 Days
The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
Written by John Toland

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6859-0 (0-8129-6859-X)

Out of print for nearly a decade, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more... Read more >
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How to Wreck a Nice Beach
The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
Written by Dave Tompkins

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Stop Smiling Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-092-1 (1-61219-092-8)

The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon’s speech scrambling weapon

The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fighting in Hell
The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front
Written by Peter G. Tsouras

Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 26, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1698-5 (0-8041-1698-9)

A vivid recollection from four veteran German commanders describes their experiences on the Eastern Front of World War II, how they counted on an easy victory, and the horrendous conditions--including the land, the weather, the distance, and the people--they endured when fighting the Russians. Read more >

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Vera Gran-The Accused

Written by Agata Tuszynska

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26912-6 (0-307-26912-4)

The extraordinary, controversial story of Vera Gran, beautiful, exotic prewar Polish singing star; legendary sensual contralto; Dietrich-like in tone, favorite of the 1930s Warsaw nightclubs, celebrated before, and during, her year in the Warsaw ghetto (spring 1941-summer 1942) . . . and her piano accompanist: Władysław Szpilman, made famous by Roman... Read more >
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Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

Written by Marie Vassiltchikov

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75777-3 (0-394-75777-7)

The secret diaries of a twenty-three-year-old White Russian princess who worked in the German Foreign Office from 1940 to 1944 and then as a nurse, these pages give us a unique picture of wartime life in that sector of German society from which the 20th of July Plot—the conspiracy to kill... Read more >

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Sleeping with the Enemy
Coco Chanel's Secret War
Written by Hal Vaughan

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47591-6 (0-307-47591-3)

This explosive narrative reveals for the first time the shocking hidden years of Coco Chanel’s life: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a master spy, and her work for the German military intelligence service and Himmler’s SS.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the high priestess of couture who created... Read more >
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