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eBook Crisis in the Pacific epub

by Gerald Astor

eBook Crisis in the Pacific epub
  • ISBN: 1556114842
  • Author: Gerald Astor
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (April 30, 1996)
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • ePUB size: 1408 kb
  • FB2 size 1823 kb
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Crisis in the Pacific. 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.

Crisis in the Pacific. In this up-close and personal view of the Philippines campaign of World War II, Astor (Operation Iceberg: The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II, LJ 4/15/95) has provided "a mosaic. 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.

Crisis in the Pacific: T. .has been added to your Cart. The author of this historical WWII tribute is Gerald Astor. He effectively weaves 84 oral histories together to form a cogent picture of the peaks and valleys of the war in the Pacific, 1941-1945.

Crisis in the Pacific book. No one does oral history better than Gerald Astor. Library Journal" Also by Gerald Astor: Battling Buzzards The Odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 1943-1945 The Mighty Eighth The Air No one does oral history better than Gerald Astor. - Stephen E. Ambrose "Astor has produced a fine work that will take its place in the long line of oral histories to be read by future generations.

Gerald Astor is an outstanding author of oral history books on World War II, and this is another fine effort of hi. Anyone who had a family member in the pacific during WWII should read this book! Thank you Mr. Astor for a job well done!

Gerald Astor is an outstanding author of oral history books on World War II, and this is another fine effort of his. Thoroughly informative and thought provoking book, makes me thankful that the pilots, soldiers, and sailors were willing to undergo such tremendous hardships to purchase the freedom we enjoy today. Astor for a job well done! 0.

Astor, Gerald, 1926-2007. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Astor provides a narrative framework for the story, but allows his eye witnesses to do most of the talking. The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them. By Astor, Gerald 1996, Penguin USA ISBN 1556114842 Hardcover.

Astor (Operation Iceberg, 1995, et. has garnered extensive testimony . Crisis in the pacific. The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them-An Oral History. The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them

Crisis in the Pacific. In this gripping oral history, Gerald Astor brings to life the struggle to recapture the Philippines: the men who did the fighting, the battles that set the stage for an Allied invasion, and the acts of astounding courage and desperation that marked the campaign on both sides. From Corregidor to the Battle for Manila, from horrifying jungle warfare to cataclysmic clashes at sea, on beachheads and in the air, Crisis in the Pacific draws on the words of the men who were there - capturing this crucial heroic struggle for victory against Japan.

In this gripping oral history, Gerald Astor brings to life the struggle to recapture the Philippines: the men who did the fighting, the battles that set the stage for an Allied invasion, and the acts of astounding courage and desperation that marked the campaign on both sides

In this gripping oral history, Gerald Astor brings to life the struggle to recapture the Philippines: the men who did the fighting, the battles that set the stage for an Allied invasion, and the acts of astounding courage and desperation that marked the campaign on both sides.

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.
Comments: (7)
Tto
The author of this historical WWII tribute is Gerald Astor. He effectively weaves 84 oral histories together to form a cogent picture of the peaks and valleys of the war in the Pacific, 1941-1945. In addition to these firsthand accounts are a constellation of testimonials given from various admirals, generals and their staffs that played pivotal roles in defeating the Imperial Japanese Army, (IJA).

The predominate story line focuses on the confluence of events in the Philippines, and it's struggle to rid the country from its IJA invaders. This includes the fight on Bataan, (and its subsequent death march), Corregidor, Zambales Mountains, the Lingayen Gulf landings, (IJA and later MacArthur and company), Leyte, Hell Ships, and about a half dozen of the more notorious prison camps located on Luzon, Mindanao, and Palawan Islands -- all part of the Republic of the Philippines. Also islands mentioned and glossed over are Panay, Cebu, Negros, and Mindoro. So as you can see there's an awful lot to track in this snapshot in time, perhaps too much, hence my 4 star rating.

The hardships endured from mother nature alone included bouts of malaria, dysentery, dengue fever, jungle rot, and other nefarious maladies. Notwithstanding, the Japanese and their cruel, harsh, torturous treatment of their captives illustrate how deprived the human spirit can sink to. The systemic starvation diets alone took its gratuitous toll as well. For example, upon arriving to Camp O'Donnell via the Bataan Death March, there was an estimated 42,000 Filipinos, and 8,675 Americans incarcerated. Within two months 1,500 Americans and 20,000 Filipinos succumbed to death via starvation and its biggest contributors; beriberi, (lack of protein in the diet), and little to no medication to treat the mosquito born diseases listed above. These death rates were ten times higher than experienced at German POW camps. Unconscionable.

All in all, with the maniacal banzai raids and poor leadership of the IJA, the Japanese listed over 300,000 of their troops killed in action while defending their ill gotten gains in the Philippines. On the flipside, 131,028 Filipinos, and Americans died. Most of which were civilians in Manila when that city went through the grinder in 1945... Complements of the land-locked Japanese Navy, (sailors without ships). Staggering numbers. The LtCol of the IJA known as the, "Butcher of Manila", would eventually hang for orchestrating these murderous war crimes.
SupperDom
At the start of World War II, the Philippine Islands were lost to the Japanese. This details the battle for this island group and what happened between the loss and reconquest of these islands. Much American treasure and lives were spent in both defending the islands and then regaining them. I think the author did a great job of collecting all the stories of the veterans who participated in the defense and invasion of the islands. It also seemed that the Filippo population was also fed up with the Japanese also.

The Japanese treated both the Filippos and Americans with utter disgust. They mistreated them and vitually starved the American POWs to death. There should have been more accountability at the end of the war where the guards and wardens were heard liable for the death of these men and women. They treated them barbaric and should have faced the ultimate consequence.

MacArthur was shown to be a brave but not overly smart commander at the beginning of the war. He ulitlmately became more combat smart in his reconquest of the islands.

A nice read about a little known campaign in World War II.
Faulkree
Well written but slightly tedious
ALAN
Very informative and interesting to read of the participants experiences in the war instead of te big picture style of war sto.
Steamy Ibis
Gerald Astor is an outstanding author of oral history books on World War II, and this is another fine effort of his. Thoroughly informative and thought provoking book, makes me thankful that the pilots, soldiers, and sailors were willing to undergo such tremendous hardships to purchase the freedom we enjoy today. May we never take it for granted!
Uyehuguita
Well written and a good addition to any student of the war in the Pacific. A very, very good read.
Umrdana
Great approach, utilizing a 1st person writing style to describe the struggles of WWII in the retaking of the Philippine Islands.
It is a fast read and keeps keeps the pages turning. I recommend this for all those interested in history.
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