The Year That Tried Men's Souls

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An account of perseverance, innovation, tactics, tragedy, and triumphs vividly recreates the story of America's first year in World War II and portrays 1942 as the defining act in the great drama of the war. 35,000 first printing.

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For novelist and historian Groom, 1942, the year the United States became fully involved in World War II, was the defining year in a war that defined the 20th century. In this popular history written for a general American audience, he describes the political and military experiences of that year as seen from the perspective of the US and, to a lesser extent, their British allies. His narrative provides both a broad overview of the war in that year, as well as many anecdotes ranging from the meetings of top generals and politicians to the experiences of soldiers on the field. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
It was a time when an unexpected attack on American territory pulled an unprepared country into a terrifying new brand of warfare with a ruthless enemy. Soon after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, German U-boats were sinking hundreds of U.S. merchant ships, some right off the American coasts. The beginning of 1942 was a relentless cataract of defeats. By May, it appeared to many that the entire Western Pacific, including Australia, would be in Japanese hands.
Then, in June, the tide began to turn. Off Midway Island, aided by new technologies in code cracking Admiral Chester Nimitz commanded his outnumbered fleet to victory in one of the most decisive sea battles in naval history. In the West, the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein and the U.S. Army landed in Algeria and Morocco to begin the push to force the Germans out of North Africa. Though it would take another three years to run the Axis beast to the ground, a year that began in a pall of uncertainty would end with the hope and vision of victory.
Allowing us into the admirals' strategy rooms, onto the battle fronts, and into the heart of a nation at war, 1942 tells the story of America's most critical hour - a year of perseverance, courage, and ingenuity in the face of great odds, during which America rose against adversity and displayed the qualities that have made her what she is to this day.

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Presents an account of America's early efforts in World War II and portrays 1942 as a year of perseverance, innovation, tactics, tragedy, and triumph and the defining act in the great drama of the war.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871138897
Characteristics: xiv, 459 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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