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    Our Fathers' War: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation by Mathews, Tom

    NY: Broadway Books, 2005. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. From the book, ""A Powerful and unique portrait of generational strife and changing styles of masculinity as seen through the stories of ten World War II veterans and their baby boomer sons."" Hard cover in good condition. Text block clean and tight. This is an ex-library book and has the usual library markings. Dust jacket in good condition, has a mylar cover. Stated First Edition.


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    Ike by Michael Korda

    2007. Hardcover. New. 'In this first major single-volume biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower to appear in many years, Michael Korda, the author of Ulysses S. Grant, paints a full-length portrait of not the smiling, amiable Ike of legend but the real man: a daring, gifted, courageous, superlatively trained, and tough-minded soldier, a perfectionist with a hair-trigger temper (mostly held under precarious control) who was perhaps the most successful leader of a multinational coalition in all history. Ike waged war in some of our darkest hours and brought the Allied nations to a triumphant victory. He went on to become president of Columbia University, the first commander of NATO, and later a wise, wildly popular two-term president who 'waged peace' at the height of the Cold War.' 'Ike is narrative history on an epic scale, and demonstrates Ike's role in the great events and with the major historical figures of the twentieth century. Korda confronts squarely such difficult, controversial issues as Ike's relationship with his wartime aide and driver, Kay Summersby; and his struggles with his most infuriating subordinate and rival, Bernard Montgomery, who clashed with Ike over strategy from 1943 to the end of the war (and long afterward) and cuttingly dismissed him as, 'Nice chap. No soldier.' He discusses Ike's dispute with the 'bomber barons' of the USAAF and the RAF, which forced him to threaten to resign his command and go home if he didn't have control of their heavy bombers before D-day. Further, he addresses Ike's determination to win the war in Europe with his own strategy; the reasons for his firm decision not to take Berlin or Prague before the Russians; the story of his by no means inevitable rise to the presidency; and the many crises he confronted as president, from McCarthyism to the perils of nuclear war.' 'Within the context of history and against the backdrop of two world wars and the Cold War, Ike's life and career are central to understanding America's involvement with global affairs in the postwar era.'--BOOK JACKET.


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    An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation by Brokaw, Tom

    Random House, 2001. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. From the book, ""In this beautiful, American Family Album, history comes alive and is preserved in people's own words, through stories, reflections, and memorabilia of World War II, and through photographs and time lines that commemorate important dates and events. An Army Air Corps veteran who enlisted in 1941 at age seventeen writes to describe the Bataan Death March. A black nurse tells of her encounter with wartime segregation. Other members of the Greatest Generation describe their war--in such historic episodes as Guadalcanal, the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, the Midway--as well as their lives on the home front. Starting with the Depression and Pearl Harbor, moving on through the war years in Europe, in the Pacific, and at home, this unique book preserves a people's rich historical heritage and the legacy of a nation's heroism in war and its courage in peace--in the shaping of their lives and the world we have today."" Hard cover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. No markings noted. Book contains black & white photographs throughout. Dust jacket in very good condition.


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    The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections by Brokaw, Tom

    NY: Random House, 1999. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. From the book, ""If we are to heed the past to prepare for the future, we should listen to these quiet voices of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment. I hope more of their stories will be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that we owe them and all that we can learn from them."" Hardcover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. Has some black & white photos. Book has red and white boards with gold lettering along spine. Dust jacket also very good with no defects to note.


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    I Remember Trieste - A Post World War II Army Memoir by Zucker, Donald

    Xlibris Corporation, 2003. Soft cover. Fine. From the book, ""This army memoir is not about war. Only one of the 36 stories in this book is about serious soldiering. The rest depict another side of army life. In the company of fellow Yanks and Brits, and a lovely Triestine girl, the author enjoyed a pleasant 14 months of post World War II duty in the fascinating city of Trieste. Like many other high school kids who enlisted, he grew up in the army. His happy days in the Trieste of 1947-1948 came to life in these pages."" Soft cover in fine condition. Text block clean and tight. Book has a small inscription signed by the author on the front fly leaf. (Signature not authenticated.) No other markings noted.


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    The World of Rubens 1577-1640 by C.V. Wedgwood

    Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1977. 192 pages. 12 1/4" x 9 1/4" large format. Comprehensive study of Peter Paul Rubens, extensive text with many beautiful black and white, and full color reproductions. Book and illustrated slipcase in very good condition.. Sixth Printing. Hard Cover (in slipcase). Very Good/Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Art.


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    Brave Men, Gentle Heroes : American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam by Takiff, Michael

    NY: William Morrow, 2003. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. From the book, ""Taken together, [these] stories . . . tell the history of two wars, each the defining experience of a generation. This is the story told not at the level of presidents and generals, but through the recollections of men who shouldered the rifles, manned the ships, and flew the planes. We're familiar with the effects of the two wars on world politics. But what did they do to American families? Molded by the awful crucible of war, these seemingly ordinary men offer extraordinary insights into what it means to be a warrior, an American, a father, and a son."" Hard cover in very fine condition. Text block clean and tight. No markings noted. Contains black and white photographs. Dust jacket in fine condition.


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    The Wild Blue : The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany by Ambrose, Stephen E

    NY: Simon and Shuster, 2001. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. From the book, ""The very young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were yet another exceptional band of brothers, and, in The Wild Blue, Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with the same vivid detail and affection. Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and then chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys--turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s--who suffered over 50 percent casualties. As 'Band of Brothers' and 'Citizen Soldiers' portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldiers from Normandy on to Germany, the young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made the same to the Allied victory."" Hard cover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. This is an Ex-library book with the usual library markings. Book contains black & white photographs. Dust jacket in very good condition; mylar covered.


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    Jews for Sale? - Nazi-Jewish Negotiations, 1933-1945 by Bauer, Yehuda

    Yale University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Good/Good. From the book, ""In fascinating detail Bauer portrays the dramatic intrigues that took place: a group of Jewish leaders bribed a Nazi official to stop the deportation of Slovakian Jews: A Czech Jew known as Dogwood tried to create an alliance between American leaders and conservative German anti-Nazis. Adolf Eichmann's famous ""trucks for blood"" proposal to exchange one million Jews for trucks to use against the Soviets failed because of Western reluctance and much more."" Hard cover in good condition. Text block clean and tight. This is an ex-library book with a few library markings. Dust jacket in good condition. First Edition per number line.


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    Fighting Patton by Harry Yeide

    2014. Paperback. New.


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    The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared For Stalin From The Interrogations Of Otto Guensche And Heinze Linge, Hitler's Closest Personal Aides by Henrik Eberle

    2005. Hardcover. New. Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death. For months two captives of the Soviet Army--Otto Guensche, Hitler's adjutant, and Heinz Linge, his personal valet--were interrogated daily, their stories crosschecked, until the NKVD were convinced that they had the fullest possible account of the life of the Führer. In 1949 they presented their work, in a single copy, to Stalin. It is as remarkable for the depth of its insight into Adolf Hitler--from his specific directions to Linge as to how his body was to be burned, to his sense of humor--as for what it does not say, reflecting the prejudices of the intended reader: Joseph Stalin. Nowhere, for instance, does the dossier criticize Hitler's treatment of the Jews. Today, the 413-page original of Stalin's personal biography of Hitler is a Kremlin treasure and it is said to be held in President Putin's safe. The only other copy, made by order of Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1959, was deposited in Moscow Party archives under the code number 462A. It was there that Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl, two German historians, found it. Available to the public in full for the first time, The Hitler Book presents a captivating, astonishing, and deeply revealing portrait of Hitler, Stalin, and the mutual antagonism of these two dictators, who between them wrought devastation on the European continent.


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    In the Ruins of Empire by Ronald H. Spector

    2007. Hardcover. New. The New York Times said of Ronald H. Spector's classic account of the American struggle against the Japanese in World War II, "No future book on the Pacific War will be written without paying due tribute to Eagle Against the Sun." Now Spector has returned with a book that is even more revealing. In the Ruins of Empire chronicles the startling aftermath of this crucial twentieth-century conflict. With access to recently available firsthand accounts by Chinese, Japanese, British, and American witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, 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 end of World War II. Under occupation by the victorious Allies, this part of the world was plunged into new power struggles or back into old feuds that in some ways were worse than the war itself. In the Ruins of Empire also shows how the U.S. and Soviet governments, as they secretly vied for influence in liberated lands, were soon at odds. At the time of the peace declaration, international suspicions were still strong. Joseph Stalin warned that "crazy cutthroats" might disrupt the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay. Die-hard Japanese officers plotted to seize the emperor's palace to prevent an announcement of surrender, and clandestine relief forces were sent to rescue thousands of Allied POWs to prevent their being massacred.In the Ruins of Empire paints a vivid picture of the postwar intrigues and violence. In Manchuria, Russian "liberators" looted, raped, and killed innocent civilians, and a fratricidal rivalry continued between Chiang Kai-shek's regime and Mao's revolutionaries. Communist resistance forces in Malaya settled old scores and terrorized the indigenous population, while mujahideen holy warriors staged reprisals and terror killings against the Chinese–hundreds of innocent civilians were killed on both sides. In Indochina, a nativist political movement rose up to oppose the resumption of French colonial rule; one of the factions that struggled for supremacy was the Communist Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh. Korea became a powder keg with the Russians and Americans entangled in its north and south. And in Java, as the Indonesian novelist Idrus wrote, people brutalized by years of Japanese occupation "worshipped a new God in the form of bombs, submachine guns, and mortars."Through impeccable research and provocative analysis, as well as compelling accounts of American, British, Indian, and Australian soldiers charged with overseeing the surrender and repatriation of millions of Japanese in the heart of dangerous territory, Spector casts new and startling light on this pivotal time–and sets the record straight about this contested and important period in history.


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    An Iron Wind by Fritzsche Peter

    Hardcover with Dustcover. New. Unlike World War I, when the horrors of battle were largely confined to the front, World War II reached into the lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Entire countries were occupied, millions were mobilized for the war effort, and in the end, the vast majority of the war's dead were non-combatant men, women, and children. Inhabitants of German-occupied Europe--the war's deadliest killing ground--experienced forced labor, deportation, mass executions, and genocide. As direct targets of and witnesses to violence, rather than far-off bystanders, civilians were forced to face the war head on. Drawing on a wealth of diaries, letters, fiction, and other first-person accounts, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche redefines our understanding of the civilian experience of war across the vast territory occupied and threatened by Nazi Germany. Amid accumulating horrors, ordinary people across Europe grappled with questions of faith and meaning, often reaching troubling conclusions. World War II exceeded the human capacity for understanding, and those men and women who lived through it suspected that language could not adequately register the horrors they saw and experienced. But it nevertheless prompted an outpouring of writing, as people labored to comprehend and piece thoughts into philosophy. Their broken words are all we have to reconstruct how contemporaries saw the war around them, how they failed to see its terrible violence in full, and how they attempted to translate the destruction into narratives. Carefully reading these testimonies as no historian has done before, Fritzsche's groundbreaking work sheds new light on the most violent conflict in human history, when war made words inadequate, and the inadequacy of words heightened the devastation of war--


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    Commander in Chief by Nigel Hamilton

    2016. Hardcover. New. Nigel Hamilton's MANTLE OF COMMAND, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close-up, as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. COMMANDER IN CHIEF reveals the astonishing sequel --- suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs --- of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy. It shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.


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    Waldheim : The Missing Years by Herzstein, Robert Edwin

    New York: Arbor House/William Morrow, 1988. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 0 Stated First Edition. Hard cover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. No markings noted. Dust jacket in very good condition. * From the book, "". . . tells the full story of Kurt Waldheim's hidden past - a complex and often shocking tale of conspiracy, concealment, and complicity that involved some of the worst atrocities of World War II and some of the most cynical big-power maneuvering of the postwar era. Drawing on sources and documents never before made public - as well as a lengthy interview with Waldheim himself . . . provides the most complete and authoritative account to date of Waldheim's childhood, student years, and service in Hitler's Third Reich.""


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    Fighting Hitler's Jets by Robert F. Dorr

    2013. Hardcover. New. 'Fighting Hitler's Jets brings together in a single, character-driven narrative two groups of men at war: on one side, American fighter pilots and others who battled the secret 'wonder weapons' with which Adolf Hitler hoped to turn the tide; on the other, the German scientists, engineers, and pilots who created and used these machines of war on the cutting edge of technology. Written by Robert F. Dorr, renowned author of Zenith Press titles Hell Hawks!, Mission to Berlin, and Mission to Tokyo, the story begins with a display of high-tech secret weapons arranged for Hitler at a time when Germany still had prospects of winning the war. It concludes with Berlin in rubble and the Allies seeking German technology in order to jumpstart their own jet-powered aviation programs. Along the way, Dorr expertly describes the battles in the sky over the Third Reich that made it possible for the Allies to mount the D-Day invasion and advance toward Berlin. Finally, the book addresses both facts and speculation about German weaponry and leaders, including conspiracy theorists' view that Hitler escaped in a secret aircraft at the war's end. Where history and controversy collide with riveting narrative, Fighting Hitler's Jets furthers a repertoire that comprises some of the United States' most exceptional military writing. '-- Provided by publisher.


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    The Flying Years by Reichers, Lou

    New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1956. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Stated First Edition with no additional printings noted. Hard cover in very good condition with medium blue boards, navy blue spine cloth, silver gilt and red spine lettering. Board corners slightly bumped; overall dust dulling; fading to head & heel of spine. Internal text block clean & tight; overall age toning to the papers; no writing, no markings to note. Dust jacket good; has been re-forced on verso with paper tape at all fold lines; shelf and edge wear, some loss at top & bottom edges and folds. Not price clipped; original $4.50. Four leaves/eight pages of six (half page each) glossy black & white photos (first leaf with tape repair), maps, Russian weather map, and facsimile of War Department Letter dated April 20, 1942, notifying the author that he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. * From the dust jacket flap, ""The personal adventures of a professional aviator."" With a career that spanned time from the early single-engined airplane to the age of the multi-engined jet -- related with a rare ability to convey the professional flyer's attitude toward his work.""


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    Back From the Deep : The Strange Story of Sister Subs Squalus and Sculpin by LaVo, Carl

    Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1994. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 1st Printing From the book, ""This epic World War II submarine saga follows the sister boats Squalus and Sculpin as they play out their dramatic destinies in the Pacific. The author, a seasoned journalist, recreates their entire perilous journey, beginning with the rigorous stateside preparation of the crew. The training was put to the test almost immediately when the Squalus sank during a test dive in 1939. The revolutionary use of the McCann diving bell to save 33 trapped crewmen and the Sculpin's role in that historic rescue are the first of many incongruous twists of fate that bring the two subs together."" Hard cover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. No markings noted. Dust jacket in very good condition. Book contains black and white photographs. Stated First Printing.


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    Weapons Of War by Michael Spilling

    Bombers & Transport Aircraft, 1939–1945 brings together the most important bombers and transport planes of World War II in a single, handy volume arranged in alphabetical order. The books include classics such as the Lancaster heavy bomber, B-17 Flying Fortress, Heinkel He 111, and the Junkers Ju 87 'Stuka' dive bomber. Features 150 entries of the most important weapons of the era Every weapon is illustrated with an accurate color artwork Each entry includes a specifications table with essential information such as armament, weight, speed, and range Concise text provides a summary of the design, development, service history, and performance of each weapon


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    The Setting of the Pearl: Vienna under Hitler by Weyr, Thomas

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition: Same date on Title & Copyright Page plus complete number line with the number 1. Hard cover in very good condition with black boards and gold gilt spine lettering. Text block clean & tight; no writing, no markings; no remainder mark. 352 numbered pages. Contains eight leaves/16 pages of glossy black & white photos. Concludes with a section on Notes to the Chapters, a Bibliography, and an extensive Index. Dust jacket in very good condition; only ghost of shelf & edge wear; not price clipped (USA $30.00) From the front jacket flap, ""When Adolf Hitler seized Vienna in the Anscbluss of 1938 he called the city "" a pearl to which he would give a proper setting."" But the setting he left behind seven years later was one of ruin and destruction - the pearl had become a physical, spiritual, and intellectual wasteland.""


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    Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk by Len Deighton

    2000. Hardcover. New. Prominent military writer, Len Deighton turns his incisive literary searchlight on the rise of Hitler and the ground war in Europe to the fall of Dunkirk. Illustrations of tanks, mortars, and anti-aircraft artillery combine with German Army file photos for an inside look at the power of the Nazis, and the mistakes they made which ultimately led to their defeat.


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    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich : A History of Nazi Germany by Shirer, William L

    Simon and Shuster, 1960. Hardcover. Very Good. Hard cover in very good condition with grey cloth cover and gold gilt lettering on spine & front board. Text block clean and tight. No markings noted. No dust jacket. ///// From the book, ""In our new age of terrifying, lethal gadgets, which supplanted so swiftly the old one, the first great aggressive war, if it should come, will be launched by suicidal little madmen pressing an electronic button. Such a war will not last long and none will ever follow it. There will be no conquerors and no conquests, but only the charred bones of the dead on an uninhabited planet.""


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    In Time of War : Hitler's Terrorist Attack on America by O'Donnell, Pierce

    New York, New York, U.S.A.: The New Press, 2005. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. First Edition per complete number line. Pale gold boards have a half inch oval rip and closed tear along seam with spine cloth. Gray spine cloth with silver spine lettering. 16 pages of glossy black & white photographs. Gray endpapers. Text block clean & tight with no markings noted. DJ good with gentle shelf & edge wear with half inch deep x quarter inch wide piece missing along top of back fold line.


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    The Ninety Days : Five Battles that Changed the World by Carmichael, Thomas N

    New York: Bernard Geis Associates, 1971. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 0 Book Club Edition. Hard cover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. Book shows signs of light foxing at side text block. Dust jacket in very good condition, shows light signs of aging. No other markings noted. * From the book, ""On October 4th, 1942, Hitler and the Japanese War Lords were at the apex of their power. By January 1st, 1943, the Allies had reversed the tide in five decisive battles and the Axis was headed toward certain defeat. This is a story of places and people; of battles and personalities; of events and the men who shaped them. As the headlines change from Axis superiority to Allied mastery we are eye-witnesses to the actions of the ninety days - encounters on the seas, battles on land, struggles inside the headquarters of the Allies and the Axis - for this is living history, the quintessence of the great drama of World War II, vividly and excitingly recounted.""


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    A Hell of a War by Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas

    NY: St. Martin 's Press, 1993. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Stated First Edition. Hard cover in very good condition. Text block clean and tight. No markings noted. Contains black & white photographs. Dust jacket in very good condition. * From the book, ""Unlike so many Hollywood heroes who never heard a shot fired, Fairbanks spent most of his time in harm's way, including grueling experiences aboard a destroyer in the North Atlantic, followed by combat in parts of the European Theater. Towering figures--FDR, General Patton, King George VI, Marshall, Tito, the Mountbattens - play significant roles in this fast-paced, enthralling story.""


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