BUT NOT IN SHAME by John Toland


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Currently being serialized prior to publication in Look magazine, John Toland's But Not In Shame a compelling and candid appraisal of one of America's most controversial periods, the first six months of warfare after the Pearl Harbor attack. Big and sweeping, hotly recalling and recording many sensationalized episodes, often igniting all the powderkeg suspense of a thriller, this appears to be a work of popular punch and persuasion, undoubtedly destined for some best-seller notchings. Based on documents, manuscripts, private diaries, letters, hundreds of interviews in 8 countries with generals and admirals, privates and civilians, including Homilo, Nimitz and Akirn Nara, But Not In Shame has both the aura of authenticity and the sting of a not-till-now-could-it-be-told disclosure. It tackles much of the sub-rosa political intrigue and hysteria of American and British policy, the agonizing early Pacific defeats, Singapore's shocking downfall, Mac-Arthur's escape to Australia, the unplanned, gratuitous barbarism of the average Japanese soldier towards American and Filipino prisoners on the infamous Death March, the brutal Java Sea battle, Bataan's tragic surrender and the ultimate Midway victory. It analyses Japanese tactics, our own shortsightedness, unpreparedness and confusion, along with many telling portraits of Roosevelt, Wainwright, Colin Kelly, Doolittle, Colonel Hattori, Halsey, Tom Dooley and all the other famous figures and the myths and tales that rose around them. This is hard-hitting, snappy, gripping and gritty set-the-record-straight reporting, a major addition to the coverage of the Pacific World War II campaign, and one which will hardly go unnoticed.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1961
Publisher: Random House