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US Infantryman (69th NY) in World War II (1): Pacific Area of Operations 1941-45: This title deals with the experiences of the American soldiers who fought the Japanese across the Pacific islands, and the specific nature of this combat environment. It follows a hypothetical soldier, 'Michael', through his enlistment into and training with the 165th Infantry Regiment (New York National Guard, better known as the "Fighting 69th"). It takes him through the 1941 maneuvers the 27th Infantry Division participated in, the transfer to Oahu, and into the reality of daily life and combat in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1945, including Makin, Saipan and Okinawa. It also looks at the PTO administrative procedures for replacements, and medical and psychiatric care of the ordinary soldier. The focus is on one individual,but the experiences of the many are examined and woven into an intricate and meticulous narrative.
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Rather than being a book about tragedy, An analysis of the Anglo-Irish War of 1916-1921, using the framework of a people's war, explains how one of the smallest nations on earth emerged victorious against one of the world's most powerful empires. Read:
A The British Empire, 1558-1995: To understand Irish history, you must learn about British history. T. O. Lloyd describes the full sweep of expansion and decolonization from the voyages of discovery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the achievement of independence in the second half of the twentieth century.
It was a seminal event in Irish history, and Anglo-Irish history. It profoundly changed not only Ireland, but the United States as well. Browse over 20 titles on
the Great Hunger , from Powells Books
In the 1980s American journalist John Conroy lived in the six to counties. Read of his experiences in Belfast Diary
Derry, January 30, 1972. A bright Sunday afternoon. In a "carnival atmosphere" a peaceful anti-internment march begins. A few hours later, thirteen men have been shot dead. These accounts of Bloody Sunday tell a dramatic human story of tragedy, brutality, and heroism. "Read them in: Eyewitness Bloody Sunday (Revised)
by Don Mullen
Robert E. Lee said he was "a meteor shining from a clouded sky." Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, was one of the greatest of all Confederate field commanders. Craig Symonds offers the first full-scale critical biography of this compelling figure: Stonewall of the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War
Through painstaking research and musical creativity, David Kincaid brings to life THE IRISH VOLUNTEER, SONGS OF THE IRISH UNION SOLDIER 1861-1865. Kincaid's collection delivers traditional Irish battle songs with a twist. From the hills of Tipperary or Galway Bay, these Fenians are raising their pikes and voices for Gettsyburg, not Donegal.
"Rough Rider" Buckey O'Neill was famous in Arizona Territory as a gambler, lawyer, newspaperman, miner, sheriff, and politician. This fast-moving narrative takes him from the streets of Tombstone all the way to Cuba. Read Dale Walker's Rough Rider: Buckey O'Neill of Arizona
Three days in the summer of 1863, at a place called Gettysburg. Based on Michael Shaara's book The Killer Angels, this film takes a refreshingly slow, thorough approach to the intricacies of battle. Director Ron Maxwell's Civil War classic:
They came in the millions, driven from an island they loved by a government that didn't love them, to a nation that often said "No Irish Need Apply," but they succeeded against all odds. Browse through over 80 titles on
the Irish in America, from Powells Books
A comprehensive and vividly illustrated celebration of Irish enterprise, talent, and courage. Organized around such broad subjects as culture, politics, business, religion, and sports, it engagingly profiles the Irish American presidents and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and highlights the ten most important works of Irish American fiction, while offering many surprises. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish-American History by Edward T. O'Donnell
Rather than being a book about tragedy, One Nation offers a look at how Americans--and the people of the world--were united in feeling after the disaster. The events of September 11, 2001--the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon--and the nation's response are covered in photographs and text by the authors of Life magazine in One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001.