Island Infernos: The Us Army's Pacific War Odyssey, 1944

Island Infernos: The Us Army's Pacific War Odyssey, 1944

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In Fire and Fortitude--winner of the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History--John C. McManus presented a riveting account of the US Army's fledgling fight in the Pacific following Pearl Harbor. Now, in Island Infernos, he explores the Army's dogged pursuit of Japanese forces, island by island, throughout 1944, a year that would bring America ever closer to victory or defeat.

"A feat of prodigious scholarship."--The Wall Street Journal - "Wonderful."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch - "Outstanding."--Publishers Weekly - "Rich and absorbing."--Richard Overy, author of Blood and Ruins - "A considerable achievement, and one that, importantly, adds much to our understanding of the Pacific War."--James Holland, author of Normandy '44

After some two years at war, the Army in the Pacific held ground across nearly a third of the globe, from Alaska's Aleutians to Burma and New Guinea. The challenges ahead were enormous: supplying a vast number of troops over thousands of miles of ocean; surviving in jungles ripe with dysentery, malaria, and other tropical diseases; fighting an enemy prone to ever-more desperate and dangerous assaults. Yet the Army had proven they could fight. Now, they had to prove they could win a war.

Brilliantly researched and written, Island Infernos moves seamlessly from the highest generals to the lowest foot soldiers and in between, capturing the true essence of this horrible conflict. A sprawling yet page-turning narrative, the story spans the battles for Saipan and Guam, the appalling carnage of Peleliu, General MacArthur's dramatic return to the Philippines, and the grinding jungle combat to capture the island of Leyte. This masterful history is the second volume of John C. McManus's trilogy on the US Army in the Pacific War, proving McManus to be one of our finest historians of World War II.



Author: John C. McManus
Publisher: Dutton Caliber
Published: 11/09/2021
Pages: 656
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.14lbs
Size: 9.50h x 6.42w x 2.02d
ISBN: 9780451475060

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 11/01/2021 pg. 14
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 09/20/2021

About the Author
John C. McManus is Curators' Distinguished Professor of U.S. military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). As one of the nation's leading military historians, and a recipient of the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History, and the author of thirteen previous well received books on the topic, he is in frequent demand as a speaker and expert commentator. In addition to dozens of local and national radio programs, he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, C-Span, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Netflix, the Smithsonian Network, the History Channel and PBS, among others. He also served as historical advisor for the bestselling book and documentary Salinger, the latter of which appeared nationwide in theaters and on PBS's American Masters Series. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was in residence at the U.S. Naval Academy as the Leo A. Shifrin Chair of Naval and Military History, a distinguished visiting professorship.