WWII: Pacific Theater > Battle of Guadalcanal

1942-08-07 -- 1943-02-09

Featured Titles

    I'm Staying with My Boys by Jim Proser and Jerry Cutter

Sgt. John Basilone held off 3,000 Japanese troops at Guadalcanal after his 15-member unit was reduced to three men. At Iwo Jima he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse, allowing his unit to capture an airfield. Minutes later he was killed by an enemy artillery round. He was the only Marine in World War II to have received the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart and is arguably the most famous Marine of all time.

Genre: Battle of GuadalcanalBattle of Iwo JimaUS MarinesWWII: American Heroes

    Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis

This celebrated classic gives a soldier's-eye-view of the Guadalcanal battles--crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all, and to military history in general. Richard Tregaskis, an on-location news correspondent (at the time, one of only two on Guadalcanal), lived alongside the soldiers: sleeping on the ground--only to be awoken by air raids--eating the sometimes meager rations, and braving some of the most dangerous battlefields of World War II.

Year: 1943
Genre: Battle of Guadalcanal

    Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal by Robert Leckie

From the Japanese soldiers' carefully calculated--and ultimately foiled--attempt to build a series of impregnable island forts on the ground to the tireless efforts of the Americans who struggled against a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the agony, and the heat of twenty-four-hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal.

Year: 1965
Genre: Battle of Guadalcanal

    Hero of the Pacific by James Brady

Hero of the Pacific tells the dramatic and compelling life story of a small-town boy who became one of World War II's greatest and best-known heroes, only to be forgotten after his death during another famous and hellish battle on Iwo Jima. You may never have heard of John Basilone, but once you listen to this powerful tale, you'll never forget him.

Year: 2010
Genre: Battle of GuadalcanalBattle of Iwo JimaUS MarinesWorld War IIWWII: American Heroes

    Neptune's Inferno by James D. Hornfischer

The Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy's sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of "Ironbottom Sound."

Year: 2011
Genre: Battle of Guadalcanal

    Under the Southern Cross by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

A vivid narrative history of the Solomons campaign of World War II, one of the key turning points in the U.S. Navy's campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific.

Year: 2021
Genre: Battle of GuadalcanalWhats New

 

 

Titles

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I'm Staying with My Boys by Jim Proser US Marines, WWII: American Heroes, Non-Fiction
The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC
1943Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
1965Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal by Robert Leckie Non-Fiction
2010Hero of the Pacific by James Brady US Marines, World War II, WWII: American Heroes, Non-Fiction
The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone
2011Neptune's Inferno by James D. Hornfischer Non-Fiction
The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
2021Under the Southern Cross by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver Whats New, Non-Fiction
The South Pacific Air Campaign Against Rabaul

 

 

 


 

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