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Gerald Astor

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
Written by Gerald Astor
Dell | Paperback | October 2001
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-23693-1 (0-440-23693-2)

The Few and the Brave

Convinced by 1943 that the assault upon Nazi-held Europe would yield swiftly to elite troops, the U.S. Army created parachute regimental combat teams. Drawing on daring volunteers willing to hurl themselves from airplanes and hit the ground fighting, the 517th PRCT became one of the most highly... Read more

A Blood-Dimmed Tide
Written by Gerald Astor
Dell | Paperback | December 1993
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-21574-5 (0-440-21574-9)

Drawing on firsthand accounts by survivors of the bloody Battle of the Bulge, diaries, letters, and official documents, this study describes the events of the campaign, hardships faced by the soldiers, the battle's horrifying costs, and the controversy surrounding the campaign. Read more

The Bloody Forest
Written by Gerald Astor
Presidio Press | Trade Paperback | July 2000
$23.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-89141-855-9 (0-89141-855-5)

The definitive account of one of World War II’s bloodiest campaigns—the five-month battle between American and German forces in the Huertgen Forest—told through the words of the men who were there.

From the preface:

“In the course of research and interviews while writing a series of books on World War II, I... Read more

Crisis in the Pacific
Written by Gerald Astor
Dell | Paperback | January 2002
$8.99/11.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-23695-5 (0-440-23695-9)

From the depths of defeat...

On December 8, 1941, one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Air Force struck the Philippines in the first blow of a devastating invasion.

With an undersupplied patchwork army at his command, General Douglas MacArthur led a valiant defense of the Philippines. When defeat came... Read more

June 6, 1944
Written by Gerald Astor
Dell | Paperback | April 2002
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-23697-9 (0-440-23697-5)

In ships and planes, they crossed the English Channel.
On the other side Hitler’s army waited.
And the longest day was about to begin...

In the spring of 1944, 120,000 Allied soldiers crossed the English Channel in the most ambitious invasion force ever assembled. Rangers, paratroopers, infantry, and armored personnel, these soldiers--some who had... Read more

The Mighty Eighth
Written by Gerald Astor
Dutton Caliber | Trade Paperback | September 2015
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-425-28157-4 (0-425-28157-4)

In the skies of World War II Europe, the Eighth Air Force was a defining factor in turning the tide against the Nazis. In these gripping oral histories, the sacrifice, savagery, and supremacy of the “Mighty Eighth” is described by those who experienced it...and survived it.

At the outbreak of World... Read more

Semper Fi in the Sky
Written by Gerald Astor
Presidio Press | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-89141-877-1 (0-89141-877-6)

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

Terrible Terry Allen
Written by Gerald Astor
Presidio Press | Trade Paperback | June 2004
$18.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-89141-834-4 (0-89141-834-2)

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

Wings of Gold
Written by Gerald Astor
Presidio Press | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$18.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-47252-6 (0-345-47252-7)

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