By Winston Groom
From the writer of Forrest Gump and A hurricane in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most important hour. On December 6, 1941, an unforeseen assault on American territory pulled an unprepared kingdom right into a terrifying new model of battle. Novelist and renowned historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the tale of America's first 12 months in international struggle II. To the iteration of usa citizens who lived via it, the second one international warfare was once the defining occasion of the 20 th century, and the defining occasions of that warfare have been performed out within the yr 1942.
This account covers the Allies' relentless defeats because the Axis overran so much of Europe, North Africa, and the a long way East. yet midyear the tide started to flip. the USA ultimately went at the offensive within the Pacific, and within the west the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein whereas the U.S. military started to push the Germans out of North Africa. by way of the year's finish, the scent of victory used to be within the air. 1942, instructed with Groom's entire storyteller's eye, permits us into the admirals' process rooms, onto the conflict fronts, and into the guts of a state at battle.
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1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls by Winston Groom