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    Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

This thrilling work invites the reader to enter the exotic world of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the endless ocean, the coconut palms, the waves breaking into spray. And yet here also are the men and women caught up in the heady drama of World War II: the young Marine who falls for a beautiful Tonkinese girl; the Navy nurse whose prejudices are challenged by a French aristocrat; and all the soldiers and sailors preparing for war against the seemingly peaceful backdrop of a tropical paradise.

Year: 1947
Genre: WWII: Pacific Theater

    The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer

Focusing on the experiences of a fourteen-man platoon stationed on a Japanese-held island in the South Pacific during World War II, and written in a journalistic style, it tells the moving story of the soldiers' struggle to retain a sense of dignity amidst the horror of warfare, and to find a source of meaning in their lives.

Year: 1948
Genre: World War IIWWII: Pacific Theater

    From Here to Eternity by James Jones

Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with his commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: The Army is their heart and blood--and, possibly, their death.

Year: 1951
Genre: World War IIWWII: Pacific Theater

    Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle

1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become a symbol of service and survival to one prisoner, Colonel Nicholson, a proud perfectionist.

Year: 1952
Genre: WWII: Pacific TheaterWWII: POWs

    Battle Cry by Leon Uris

This is the story of enlisted men – Marines – at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough–and–ready tangle of guys from America's cities and farms and reservations. Led by a tough veteran sergeant, these soldiers band together to emerge as part of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world.

Year: 1953
Genre: WWII: Pacific Theater

    Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie

Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place.

Year: 1957
Genre: US MarinesWorld War IIWWII: Pacific Theater

    The Pistol by James Jones

As Japanese planes attack Pearl Harbor, an army private commits a simple crime that will change his life forever

Year: 1959
Genre: WWII: Pacific Theater

    King Rat by James Clavell

Powerful and engrossing, King Rat artfully weaves the author's own World War II prison camp experiences into a compelling narrative of survival amidst the grim realities of war and what men can do when pushed to the edge. A taut masterwork of World War II historical fiction by bestselling author James Clavell.

Year: 1962
Genre: WWII: Pacific TheaterWWII: POWs

    The Thin Red Line by James Jones

They are the men of C-for-Charlie company, infantrymen who are about to land, grim and white-faced, on an atoll in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. A shatteringly realistic walk into hell and back. Some will earn medals, others will do anything they can dream up to get evacuated before they land in a muddy grave. But they will all discover the thin red line that divides the sane from the mad--and the living from the dead.

Year: 1962
Genre: World War IIWWII: Pacific Theater

    Strong Men Armed by Robert Leckie

As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, Leckie fought in all its engagements until his wounding at Peleliu. Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles of the Pacific campaign.

Year: 1969
Genre: US MarinesWWII: Pacific Theater

 

 

Titles

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1947Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener WWII: Pacific Theater, South Pacific
1948The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer World War II, WWII: Pacific Theater
1951From Here to Eternity by James Jones World War II, WWII: Pacific Theater, Hawaii
1952Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: POWs
1953Battle Cry by Leon Uris WWII: Pacific Theater
1957Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie US Marines, World War II, WWII: Pacific Theater, Non-Fiction
From Parris Island to the Pacific
1959The Pistol by James Jones WWII: Pacific Theater, Hawaii
1962King Rat by James Clavell WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: POWs, Asian Saga
1962The Thin Red Line by James Jones World War II, WWII: Pacific Theater
1969Strong Men Armed by Robert Leckie US Marines, WWII: Pacific Theater, Non-Fiction
The United States Marines Against Japan
2002The First Heroes by Craig Nelson WWII: Pacific Theater, Non-Fiction
2006Ship of Ghosts by James D. Hornfischer WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: POWs, Non-Fiction
The Story of the USS Houston FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser
2011The Final Storm by Jeff Shaara World War II, WWII: Pacific Theater
2016Pearl Harbor by Craig Nelson WWII: Pacific Theater, Non-Fiction
From Infamy to Greatness
2016The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D. Hornfischer WWII: Pacific Theater, Non-Fiction
America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
2018The Reckoning by John Grisham Southern Gothic, Courtroom Drama, WWII: Pacific Theater
2020To Wake the Giant by Jeff Shaara World War II, WWII: Pacific Theater, WWII: Prelude to War, Hawaii

 

 

 


 

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