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In new book, military historian takes ‘boldly revisionist’ look at World War II in the Pacific
07/11/2019
In new book, military historian takes ‘boldly revisionist’ look at World War II in the Pacific

In new book, military historian takes ‘boldly revisionist’ look at World War II in the Pacific

Dr. John C. McManus, a military historian whose most recent books have dealt with the U.S. Army’s experience during World War II in Europe, now sets his sights on the Army’s role in the Pacific theater of World War II in a new book, the first of a two-volume history of the struggle. Fire and For...

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07/08/2019

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Dutton, Penguin Random House
07/08/2019
Dutton, Penguin Random House

Dutton, Penguin Random House

“An overdue, authoritative biography of one of America's greatest soldier-statesmen… a definitive, nuanced portrait.”—Kirkus, starred review

The life of America's most distinguished soldier-statesman, General George C. Marshall, who influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century.

“A deeply researched and masterfully written work... that should establish Marshall at the top of any list of American...
07/01/2019
The soldier-statesman who restored peace in Europe

“A deeply researched and masterfully written work... that should establish Marshall at the top of any list of American titans.”—The Washington Times on David Roll's GEORGE MARSHALL, out Tuesday, July 9! http://bit.ly/2Ir0nlg

In 1938, during one of his first meetings with President Franklin Roosevelt, Gen. George Marshall listened to plans to counter Hitler’s military build-up by amassing an air force of 10,000 planes immediately, followed by 20,000 annually.

John C. Mcmanus
06/19/2019

John C. Mcmanus

General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV. Grandson of a naval officer killed in the Civil War. Nephew of a naval officer killed by pirates in 1870. Son of a West Point trained cavalryman who died in the Philippines. Jonathan graduated from West Point in 1906 as first captain of the corps of cadets and served over four decades in the Army. A subordinate once described him as "a lion of a man." Wainwright had the terrible misfortunate of commanding the doomed Filipino-American forces in the Philippines in the spring of 1942. He spent over three nightmarish years in Japanese captivity, enduring starvation, beatings and degradation. "The skin of our buttocks just hung down the backs of our skeletonized legs like deep pockets," he once wrote of the experience. "There was nothing in our minds except food." Wainwright was the highest ranking American POW in World War II. He is a major "character" in my forthcoming book Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943. Only a little over a month until the July 30 release date!

Rangers after being relieved at Pointe du Hoc, D-Day+2, 1944. Alex Kershaw returns with an utterly immersive, adrenaline...
06/12/2019

Rangers after being relieved at Pointe du Hoc, D-Day+2, 1944. Alex Kershaw returns with an utterly immersive, adrenaline-driven account of D-Day combat, THE FIRST WAVE: http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw On sale now! #fathersdaygift
#dday

“Desperate. Hellish. Disastrous. Catastrophic. Traumatic. Shocking. Bloody. Anyone who was at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1...
06/10/2019
Why D-Day Still Matters | The Saturday Evening Post

“Desperate. Hellish. Disastrous. Catastrophic. Traumatic. Shocking. Bloody. Anyone who was at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 … is likely to have used one or more of those powerful words to describe it. At Omaha Beach, the stakes were so high, and the fighting so bitter, that the very name involves something legendary, even iconic.”--John C. McManus, THE DEAD AND THOSE ABOUT TO DIE
#DDay #WWII
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06/07/2019
Remembering D-Day on the 75th anniversary of historic invasion

D-Day remembered.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches in Normandy, France, with the goal of defeating Nazi Germany. Alex Kershaw is a historian and author of "The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II." He joined Major Garrett for a closer look at what the iconic day...

What are you reading on the 75th anniversary of D-Day?
06/06/2019
5 Books That Shed Light on D-Day

What are you reading on the 75th anniversary of D-Day?

These books — some classics, some published this year — tell the stories of the soldiers and spies who fought to defeat the Axis forces.

“THE FIRST WAVE is Alex Kershaw’s stirring tribute to the warriors who successfully carried out the largest and most...
06/06/2019

“THE FIRST WAVE is Alex Kershaw’s stirring tribute to the warriors who successfully carried out the largest and most difficult military operations in history 75 years ago.” –Carlo D’Este http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw

Watch author of THE FIRST WAVE Alex Kershaw on Morning Joe, with Willie Geist who says he “can’t get enough of this ...
06/06/2019
A 'highly-risky operation': Inside the D-Day invasion

Watch author of THE FIRST WAVE Alex Kershaw on Morning Joe, with Willie Geist who says he “can’t get enough of this story.” THE FIRST WAVE makes a great #FathersDay gift on the 75th anniversary year: http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw

Author Alex Kershaw is set to be the master of ceremonies at the D-Day 75th anniversary commemoration on Thursday. Kershaw joins Morning Joe to discuss the anniversary and his book 'The First Wave.'

“Focusing on a well-chosen selection of warriors, THE FIRST WAVE brilliantly sweeps the arc of fire that was the Sixth...
06/06/2019
Book Review: D-Day 75 Years Later

“Focusing on a well-chosen selection of warriors, THE FIRST WAVE brilliantly sweeps the arc of fire that was the Sixth of June.” The Wall Street Journal reviews Alex Kershaw’s THE FIRST WAVE! (p.s. it’s the perfect #FathersDay gift for WWII history buffs!)
http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw

The epic story of D-Day can never be fully told—these were the most intense and desperate moments in thousands of lives.

Who was Admiral William D. Leahy? WWII's first five star, forever outranking the likes of Eisenhower, MacArthur and Eise...
05/30/2019
The Hidden Power Behind D-Day

Who was Admiral William D. Leahy? WWII's first five star, forever outranking the likes of Eisenhower, MacArthur and Eisenhower--but why?

As a key advisor to F.D.R., Adm. William D. Leahy was instrumental in bringing the Allies together to agree upon the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe

#dday
05/28/2019
American military historian reflects on 75th anniversary of D-Day

#dday

Even 75 years later, Omaha Beach is better known than understood, says Dr. John C. McManus, a military historian who has studied the battle for Omaha for 25 years. “Only two kinds of people are going to be on this beach,” Col. George Taylor, commander of the U.S. Army’s lead assault regiment o...

How do you plan to mark D-Day?"If you’re a reader, I highly recommend Alex Kershaw’s brand-new book, THE FIRST WAVE:...
05/23/2019
How will your family mark D-Day’s 75th anniversary

How do you plan to mark D-Day?

"If you’re a reader, I highly recommend Alex Kershaw’s brand-new book, THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II. It’s a genuine page-turner, with vivid details of the obstacles and inspirations surrounding the heroes who risked their lives in a military campaign of unprecedented scale."--Red Bluff (CA) Daily News
Red Bluff Daily News
Alex Kershaw, author's page

Twenty years ago this June, when my father’s youngest sister Gwendol passed away, I glanced over at dad during the funeral and thought, “He looks as if he has the weight of the world on…

Dutton, Penguin Random House
05/16/2019
Dutton, Penguin Random House

Dutton, Penguin Random House

"History’s greatest story reinvigorated as only Alex Kershaw can.”—Adam Makos

The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions.

Start reading now.

05/14/2019
Book tells of the men who made D-Day a success | WTOP

D-Day: Everything depended on the first few hours. Read about the heroes who made victory possible: http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw
Alex Kershaw WTOP News

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Allies’ invasion of Normandy, France, is considered to be the turning point in World War II, and a new book by historian Alex Kershaw examines the first bloody, crucial hours of that operation.

The First Wave--the first men to fight when the stakes were highest on D-Day. On sale today!: http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKer...
05/14/2019
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The First Wave--the first men to fight when the stakes were highest on D-Day. On sale today!: http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw

Author: Alex Kershaw Book: THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II Publishing: Dutton Caliber (May 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Meet the assaulters: Pathfinders plunging from the black, coxswains plowing the whitecaps, bareknuckle Rangers scaling ...

“Fast-paced and up-close, this is history’s greatest story reinvigorated as only Alex Kershaw can.” —Adam Makos ...
05/14/2019

“Fast-paced and up-close, this is history’s greatest story reinvigorated as only Alex Kershaw can.” —Adam Makos

Happy publication day to Alex Kershaw’s THE FIRST WAVE, an immersive, adrenaline-driven account of D-Day combat. On sale today!: http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw
Alex Kershaw

"THE FIRST WAVE is an awe-inspiring and important book that portrays the blood on the risers, from Captain Frank Lillyma...
05/12/2019

"THE FIRST WAVE is an awe-inspiring and important book that portrays the blood on the risers, from Captain Frank Lillyman’s airborne pathfinders to Lieutenant George Kerchner’s Rangers and their remarkable assault on the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc.”—Patrick K. O’Donnell, author of The Unknowns http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw Out Tuesday, May 14.

“THE FIRST WAVE is Alex Kershaw's stirring tribute to the warriors who successfully carried out the largest and most d...
05/11/2019

“THE FIRST WAVE is Alex Kershaw's stirring tribute to the warriors who successfully carried out the largest and most difficult military operations in history 75 years ago.”—Carlo D’Este, author of Patton: A Genius for War http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw Out Tuesday, May 14.

"These pages ooze with the unforgettable human drama of history's most consequential invasion.”—John C. McManus, aut...
05/11/2019

"These pages ooze with the unforgettable human drama of history's most consequential invasion.”—John C. McManus, author of The Dead and Those About to Die http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw Out Tuesday, May 14.

"Readers will feel the sting of the cold surf, smell the acrid cordite that hung in the air, and duck the zing of machin...
05/10/2019

"Readers will feel the sting of the cold surf, smell the acrid cordite that hung in the air, and duck the zing of machine gun bullets whizzing overhead. THE FIRST WAVE is an absolute triumph.”—James M. Scott, author of Target Tokyo http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw Out Tuesday, May 14. Alex Kershaw

“THE FIRST WAVE grips with all the power of a first read. Fast-paced and up-close, this is history’s greatest story ...
05/10/2019

“THE FIRST WAVE grips with all the power of a first read. Fast-paced and up-close, this is history’s greatest story reinvigorated as only Alex Kershaw can.” --Adam Makos http://bit.ly/FirstWaveKershaw Out Tuesday, May 14.

05/02/2019

From the author of THE BEDFORD BOYS, the riveting true World War II story of the heroes who stormed the beaches on D-Day! On sale May 14: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

From the author of THE BEDFORD BOYS and THE LONGEST WINTER, a thrilling new account of D-Day heroes! On sale May 14: htt...
05/01/2019

From the author of THE BEDFORD BOYS and THE LONGEST WINTER, a thrilling new account of D-Day heroes! On sale May 14: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

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05/01/2019

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AIRBORNE ON D-DAY: American paratroopers about to jump into Normandy, June 6, 1944. Photo taken from Alex Kershaw’s up...
04/24/2019

AIRBORNE ON D-DAY: American paratroopers about to jump into Normandy, June 6, 1944. Photo taken from Alex Kershaw’s upcoming THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

ASHORE ON D-DAY: American troops cross the seawall on Utah Beach, June 6, 1944. Photo taken from Alex Kershaw’s upcomi...
04/24/2019

ASHORE ON D-DAY: American troops cross the seawall on Utah Beach, June 6, 1944. Photo taken from Alex Kershaw’s upcoming THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

D-DAY BEGINS: Soldiers from the US 1st Infantry Division wade ashore on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. Photo taken from Alex...
04/24/2019

D-DAY BEGINS: Soldiers from the US 1st Infantry Division wade ashore on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. Photo taken from Alex Kershaw’s upcoming THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

PRAYERS FOR D-DAY: American soldiers have a final quiet service before embarkation for the invasion of Hitler’s Europe...
04/14/2019

PRAYERS FOR D-DAY: American soldiers have a final quiet service before embarkation for the invasion of Hitler’s Europe, June 1944. Photo taken from Alex Kershaw’s upcoming THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

Paratroopers from the 101st Airborne, Normandy, June 1944. Led by Capt. Frank Lillyman, center, these heroes were among ...
04/11/2019

Paratroopers from the 101st Airborne, Normandy, June 1944. Led by Capt. Frank Lillyman, center, these heroes were among the first to drop into France on D-Day. Their actions meant the difference between victory and defeat. Photo from Alex Kershaw’s upcoming THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD.

Don't miss THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, coming in May 14: https://bit....
04/10/2019

Don't miss THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, coming in May 14: https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD

THE FIRST OF THE FIRST WAVE. 75 years ago these men were practicing for the big one. I tell their story and that of others in my new book, THE FIRST WAVE, in bookstores now. They are the first Americans dropped into Normandy at 12.15am on 6 June 1944 by Plane One, flown by Lt. Colonel Joel Crouch. They deserve names. The first to land and fight on D Day, men from 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne. Back row, left to right, Lt. Samuel McCarter, Lt. Robert Dickson, Pvt. John McFarlen, Pvt. August Magnoni, Pvt. Bluford Williams, Pvt. John Zamanakis [explosives expert], T/5 Owen Council, Pvt. John Funk, Sgt. Thomas Walton, Pfc. Delbert Jones. Front row left to right: Pvt. Paul Davis, Pvt. Francis Rocca, Pvt. Raymond Smith, Pfc. Frederick Wilhelm, Pvt John Ott, Pvt. Jarris Clark, 2nd Lt Reed Pelfrey. Pvt. John Funk was killed in action. You can find out more and buy the book here. https://bit.ly/2VvkEtD

America lost a hero...
04/09/2019

America lost a hero...

Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (left) and Gen. Douglas MacArthur confer during at Bataan, early 1942. A salty, courageous ...
04/09/2019

Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (left) and Gen. Douglas MacArthur confer during at Bataan, early 1942. A salty, courageous and hard drinking cavalryman, Wainwright was left with the hopeless task of trying to hang on in the Philippines after MacArthur evacuated to Australia with much of his staff. Photograph from the upcoming FIRE AND FORTITUDE by John C. McManus: https://bit.ly/2GbCk88

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