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1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls (Signed, 1st ed.)

Groom, Winston

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ISBN 10: 0871138891 / ISBN 13: 9780871138897
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY, 2005
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: 1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls (...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed and Inscribed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the author of Forrest Gump and A Storm in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most critical hour. On December 7, 1941, an unexpected attack on American territory pulled an unprepared country into a terrifying new brand of warfare with a ruthless enemy. Novelist and popular historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the story of America's first year in World War II. In the beginning of 1942 the Allies experienced a relentless cataract of devastating defeats. The Axis overran most of Europe, North Africa, and the Far East-and the future of the world hung in the balance. But midyear the tide began to turn. Bringing the drama to life as only this Pulitzer-Prize nominated storyteller can, Winston Groom tells how America finally went on the offensive in the Pacific, winning such critical battles as Midway and successfully invading enemy strongholds at Guadalcanal and New Guinea. In the West, the United States Army began to push the Germans out of North Africa. Though it would take another three years to run the Axis beast to the ground, Groom reveals 1942 as the defining act in the great drama of the war.

From Publishers Weekly:

Forrest Gump novelist Groom offers another of his nonfiction labors of love, centering his story of a pivotal year on the war against Japan. No revisionist, Groom delivers the traditional worshipful portrait of General MacArthur while admitting he made several key blunders that doomed the Philippines in the year's early months. In May the two fleets met in the Coral Sea. While the Japanese came out ahead, they abandoned their invasion of New Guinea, and Groom follows the standard account of calling it an American victory. He adds that brains and luck win more battles than courage, providing a perfect illustration in Midway, fought in June 1942. Having broken Japan's naval code, American forces surprised a vastly superior Japanese fleet and sank all four of its carriers. In August, the First Marine Division was deposited on an obscure island, Guadalcanal, then hastily retreated. For the next four months, in what is the book's highlight, the marines fought with epic heroism against repeated efforts to expel them. Almost as an afterthought, Groom shows American forces taking their first step against Germany, landing in North Africa in November and quickly bogging down. Heroism was not in short supply, but much of it occurred in 1943. A talented writer, Groom has written a page-turner; readers needing an introduction will love it. Agent, Theron Raines. (May)
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