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The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945--The Last Epic Struggle of World War II by [Bill Sloan]

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The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945--The Last Epic Struggle of World War II Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition

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"Bill Sloan has a real feel for the human side of this horrific drama. He suggests there can never be such a battle again, and by the time you've finished reading, you will pray he's right. A powerful, moving book." -- Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945

"Bill Sloan's The Ultimate Battle is the Okinawa book I've been waiting for. You actually feel like you're with the GIs and Marines as they storm Japanese bastions, and on American ships as the kamikaze attacks are unleashed. A very harrowing, well written World War II classic." -- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

"Memory of an epic battle that altered history has begun to fade. Yet, the fighting for Okinawa was so ferocious that it influenced America's decision to use the atomic bomb. If Japan would fight so furiously for an island outpost, what would an invasion of the mainland cost? Bill Sloan answers that question in this close-up, you-are-there account of the Pacific war's ultimate struggle. Battle reportage at its finest." -- Joseph E. Persico, author of Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918

"Gripping. Authoritative. Masterfully told. I cannot praise this book highly enough." -- Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

"The Ultimate Battle is a compelling, immensely evocative story of one of the largest, most fiercely fought battles in American history. Here is that gigantic struggle, the defining battle of the Pacific War, seen primarily through the experiences of the sailors, soldiers, and airmen who suffered through it. This is a terrific work." -- Donald L. Miller, author of Masters of the Air and D-Days in the Pacific

"Monumental.... The Ultimate Battle is the ultimate book about heroism, death, and sacrifice.... A definite 'must-read.'" -- WWII History

"Strikingly graphic and brutally honest, Sloan's picture of the struggle for Okinawa comes as close as any book has to conveying the campaign's horrors." -- Eric Ethier, America in WWII magazine

"Remarkable and stirring...Outstanding...Highly valuable and significant." -- Glen Sper, The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

BILL SLOAN is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of nearly a dozen books, the most recent being Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944--The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War and Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island. During his ten years as an investigative reporter and feature writer for the Dallas Times Herald, he covered many of the major events and personalities of the second half of the twentieth century and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Dallas, Texas. --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

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  • File size : 3987 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 418 pages
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (23 October 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
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