Search Results: "Gerald Astor"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1997

"Revealing and vivid personal sketches of the quiet heroes in a unit that suffered more lives lost than the entire Marine Corps in WW II. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The history of the celebrated Eighth Air Force in WW II, by one of the leading chroniclers of that war Astor (Crisis in the Pacific, 1996, etc.) writes of the US/British agreement on the need for strategic bombing to destroy the war-making power of Nazi Germany as a prelude to a massive frontal assault by Allied troops on Fortress Europe. Read full book review >

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THE GREATEST WAR by Gerald Astor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Invaluable to historians, with much to interest general readers as well. (Maps and b&w photos, not seen)"
A sweeping, imaginative oral history of WWII from the American point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This is a work of major importance in African-American history. (photos, not seen)"
An all-encompassing chronicle of African-Americans' struggles to serve in the armed forces of the US, by popular military historian Astor (The Mighty Eighth, 1997, etc). Read full book review >

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HOSTAGE by David Jacobsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 1991

"EWSLUGDC powerbrokers."
Here, Jacobsen, an American hospital administrator held hostage by the Islamic Jihad for 17 months, details the hell of captivity and questions the good faith of US efforts to free the remaining hostages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"An absorbing, informative take on how the American military once managed to make elite forces of a few professionals and hordes of citizen-soldiers. (Maps, 16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
The annals of an US Army airborne unit whose fine showing in WW II was often superior to that of more celebrated outfits. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2003

"Hard-drinking, hard-fighting, beloved by his troops: Allen has a fine chronicler here—fans of Band of Brothers ought to snap this up."
A ripsnortin' life of an unorthodox—and barely tolerated—American general. Read full book review >

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6/6/1944 by Gerald Astor
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1994

"The consistently absorbing text has 24 pages of contemporary photographs. (First printing of 65,000)"
June 6, 1994, marks the 50th anniversary of D-day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 1996

"Astor's latest contribution to the literature of WW II pays tribute to the little-known exploits, the sacrifices, and the valor of fighting men and reminds us that those who defend freedom may incur a terrible cost."
Astor (Operation Iceberg, 1995, etc.) has garnered extensive testimony from veterans of the bloody struggles for the Philippines, a strategic prize in WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1992

"Strong narrative, sound history, and a good read. (Photos and maps—not seen.)"
Vivid account of the Wehrmacht's final offensive, by Astor (The Last Nazi, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1995

"An excellent account of the way it was on the front lines in Okinawa 50 years ago: Grim and moving, it is a fitting tribute to all those who served so honorably. (photos, not seen)"
Astor (The Voices of D-Day, 1994) presents a moving collection of memoirs of surviving American soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who were on the firing line at Okinawa. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A fine addition to the body of work by a proven master. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Jabutí, the flute-playing tortoise, may not be as well known in North America as some of his fellow tricksters like Coyote or Ananse, but there are many stories about him in Amazonian folklore, first recorded as long ago as 1875. Read full book review >

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ZOMO THE RABBIT by Gerald McDermott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

A rabbit asks the sky god for wisdom, and learns that he must first fool three animals. Read full book review >