This powerful initial volume in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand series includes events that took place before and after the devastating Pearl Harbor attack that brought the United States and Japan face to face in war. Included are eyewitness accounts of survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on America’s major battleships, defenders of Bataan and Corregidor; participants in the pivotal Battle of Midway, the Marines that first waded ashore at Guadalcanal and many, many others. Full color throughout, rich with images and original 3-D maps, the 9″ x 12″ volume also features solid historical analysis of the war’s timeline and quotes from military and political leaders, giving a complete picture of this part of the war. 256 pages, hardcover.
The second Pacific volume in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand series is anchored on the words and experiences of 100 Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and other frontline personnel who became embroiled in the devastating island campaign of the Pacific War. Never before or since was so much blood shed for so little real estate. The volume contains blow by blow descriptions of some of the most destructive naval and air battles of the war, as well as the blood and sand tales of Marines and GIs and their Japanese counterparts contesting inch by inch places with strange names such as Bougainville, Tarawa and Saipan. The real-life stories of those who were there are illustrated with revealing photographs. The 9″ x 12″ volume also offers original maps, enlightening narrative sidebars and a complete timeline of the Pacific campaign — 1942-1944. 336 pages, hardcover.