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The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

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In 1975, James Jonesand#151;the American author whose novels From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line had made him the preeminent voice of the enlisted man in World War IIand#151;was chosen to write the text for an oversized coffee table book edited by former Yank magazine art director Art Weithas and featuring visual art from World War II. The book was a best seller, praised for both its images and for Jonesand#8217;s text, but in subsequent decades the artwork made it impossible for the book to be reproduced in its original form, and it fell out of print and was forgotten. This edition of WWII makes available for the first time in more than twenty years Jonesand#8217;s stunning text, his only extended nonfiction writing on the war that defined his generation.

Moving chronologically and thematically through the complex history of the conflict, Jones interweaves his own vivid memories of soldiering in the Pacificand#151;from the look on a Japanese fighter pilotand#8217;s face as he bombed Pearl Harbor, so close that Jones could see him smile and wave, to hitting the beach under fire in Guadalcanaland#151;while always returning to resounding larger themes. Much of WWII can be read as a tribute to the commitment of American soldiers, but Jones also pulls no punches, bluntly chronicling resentment at the privilege of the officers, questionable strategic choices, wartime suffering, disorganization, the needless loss of life, and the brutal realization that a single soldier is ultimately nothing but a replaceable cog in a heartless machine. As the generation that fought and won World War II leaves the stage, James Jonesand#8217;s book reminds us of what they accomplishedand#151;and what they sacrificed to do so.

Synopsis:

The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable ofand#160;producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hourand#8212;a crucial component in winning the war.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of incredible true stories from The Great Escape to Argo, Savage Will recounts a tale of survival, daring, and evasion behind enemy lines: that of American medics and nurses stranded for two months in Nazi-occupied Albania.

 

In 1943, men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron boarded a routine flight from Sicily to the Italian mainland to care for wounded soldiers. En route, their plane drifted hundreds of miles off course and crash-landed in remote mountainous Albania.

 

The unarmed Americans were trapped hundreds of blizzard-plagued miles from Allied lines, in a country torn apart by rival bands of pro- and anti-German guerrillas. Hunted by German soldiers, the castaways relied on what one survivor called their “savage will” to elude their enemy and find their way to freedom.

What followed is the most thrilling untold story of World War II—a saga reaching from President Roosevelt and top Allied intelligence officials to a host of brave Albanian Resistance fighters, the British and U.S. Mediterranean air forces,  and the dashing English lieutenant and the tenacious American captain sent behind enemy lines to carry out a heroic rescue.

 

Synopsis:

andldquo;Fast-paced . . . The story certainly entertains.andrdquo; andmdash; New York Times Book Review

andldquo;A. J. Baime has a great way of telling a story . . . An exciting read.andquot; andmdash; Jay Leno

As the United States entered World War II, the military was in desperate need of tanks, jeeps, and, most important, airplanes. Germany had been amassing weaponry and airplanes for five years; the United States only months. So President Roosevelt turned to the American auto industry, specifically the Ford Motor Company, where Edsel Ford made the outrageous claim that he would construct a factory that could build a andldquo;bomber an hour.andrdquo; And so began one of the most fascinating and overlooked chapters in World War II and American history.

Drawing on unique access to archival material and exhaustive research, A. J. Baime has crafted a riveting narrative that hopscotches from Detroit to Washington to Normandy, from the assembly lines to the frontlines, and from the depths of professional and personal failure to the heights Ford Motor Company ultimately achieved in the sky.

About the Author

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer with more than 25 years in journalism. He is the author of Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It.

Table of Contents

Publisherand#8217;s Note

Acknowledgments

I

To Us Old Men

In the Beginning

Whistling Dixie

I Didnand#8217;t Raise My Boy

The Coral Sea and Midway

Waiting While Waiting . . . a Look at Europe

Guadalcanal

Soldierand#8217;s Evolution

First War Art

The Battle of Auckland

North Africa

Grand Strategy

Green and Obscene

Is History Written by the Upper Classes for the Upper Classes?

II

Humor

The Art Programs

The Big War

Casualties

The Forgotten Year

Pacific Chess

Tarawa, Saipan, Peleliu

Painting It

Anonymity

Italy

More on Humor: Mauldin

Anzio

Going Out

Overlord

Hospital

The Home Front

Love among the Riveters

III

D-Day

Bloodbath at Omaha

Consolidation

Air War

Nose Art

Breakoutand#151; and the Long Haul

The Final Evolution

The Bulge

Philippines: First Leyte, and Then Luzon

Twilight of Some Old Gods

IV

The Last Mile

The Last Yard

The Last Foot

Mushroom

Bugbear

Surrender Now

Responsibility, but for What?

An End to It

Pass in Review!

References

Index

Illustrations

Maps

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sheila mcquillen, June 21, 2009 (view all comments by sheila mcquillen)
This is a page turner! An adventure, a brief history of the OSS and a cast of characters that will stay with you. Freeman writes as though he was one of the 500. Why did our government keep their story under wraps for so long? We are deeply indebted to the brave Yugoslavian men and women who took risks above and beyond.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451224958
Author:
Freeman, Gregory A.
Publisher:
Nal Caliber
Author:
Jones, James
Author:
Baime, A. J.
Author:
Gay, Timothy M.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Airmen - United States
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w photos
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable ofand#160;producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hourand#8212;a crucial component in winning the war.
"Synopsis" by ,
In the tradition of incredible true stories from The Great Escape to Argo, Savage Will recounts a tale of survival, daring, and evasion behind enemy lines: that of American medics and nurses stranded for two months in Nazi-occupied Albania.

 

In 1943, men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron boarded a routine flight from Sicily to the Italian mainland to care for wounded soldiers. En route, their plane drifted hundreds of miles off course and crash-landed in remote mountainous Albania.

 

The unarmed Americans were trapped hundreds of blizzard-plagued miles from Allied lines, in a country torn apart by rival bands of pro- and anti-German guerrillas. Hunted by German soldiers, the castaways relied on what one survivor called their “savage will” to elude their enemy and find their way to freedom.

What followed is the most thrilling untold story of World War II—a saga reaching from President Roosevelt and top Allied intelligence officials to a host of brave Albanian Resistance fighters, the British and U.S. Mediterranean air forces,  and the dashing English lieutenant and the tenacious American captain sent behind enemy lines to carry out a heroic rescue.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

andldquo;Fast-paced . . . The story certainly entertains.andrdquo; andmdash; New York Times Book Review

andldquo;A. J. Baime has a great way of telling a story . . . An exciting read.andquot; andmdash; Jay Leno

As the United States entered World War II, the military was in desperate need of tanks, jeeps, and, most important, airplanes. Germany had been amassing weaponry and airplanes for five years; the United States only months. So President Roosevelt turned to the American auto industry, specifically the Ford Motor Company, where Edsel Ford made the outrageous claim that he would construct a factory that could build a andldquo;bomber an hour.andrdquo; And so began one of the most fascinating and overlooked chapters in World War II and American history.

Drawing on unique access to archival material and exhaustive research, A. J. Baime has crafted a riveting narrative that hopscotches from Detroit to Washington to Normandy, from the assembly lines to the frontlines, and from the depths of professional and personal failure to the heights Ford Motor Company ultimately achieved in the sky.

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