940.53-940.54: World War II in the Pacific (2023)

The following list contains books, published in the last 5 years, that discuss the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. Works in this list will feature battles, campaigns, and personal narratives set in eastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and Oceania between 1941 and 1945.

Updated June 9, 2023
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Black snow : Curtis LeMay, the firebombing of Tokyo, and the road to the atomic bomb
Scott, James M.
Seven minutes past midnight on March 10, 1945, nearly 300 American B-29s thundered into the skies over Tokyo. Their payloads of incendiaries ignited a firestorm that reached up to 2,800 degrees, liquefying asphalt and vaporizing thousands; sixteen square miles of the city were flattened and more...


Bloody Okinawa the last great battle of World War II
Wheelan, Joseph
A stirring narrative of World War II's final major battle--the Pacific war's largest, bloodiest, most savagely fought campaign--the last of its kind. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, more than 184,000 US troops began landing on the only Japanese home soil invaded during the Pacific war. Just 350...


The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the Second World War
Gladwell, Malcolm 1963-
Dive into this "truly compelling" (Good Morning America) New York Times bestseller that explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war--from the creator and host of the podcast Revisionist History. In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm...


Bridge to the sun : the secret role of the Japanese Americans who fought in the Pacific in World War II
Henderson, Bruce B. 1946-
One of the last, great untold stories of World War II-kept hidden for decades-even after most of the World War II records were declassified in 1972, many of the files remained untouched in various archives-a gripping true tale of courage and adventure from Bruce Henderson, master storyteller,...


Devil dogs : King Company, third battalion, 5th Marines : from Guadalcanal to the shores of Japan
David, Saul 1966-
Award-winning historian Saul David reveals the searing experience of the Devil Dogs of World War II and does for the U.S. Marines what Band of Brothers did for the 101st Airborne. The "Devil Dogs" of King Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines--part...


Eve of a hundred midnights : the star-crossed love story of two WWII correspondents and their epic escape across the Pacific
Lascher, Bill
The unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II--a saga of love, adventure, and danger. On New Year's Eve, 1941, just three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese...


Facing the mountain : a true story of Japanese American heroes in World War II
Brown, Daniel James 1951-
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of NPR's "Books We Love" of 2021 Longlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography  Winner of the Christopher Award    "Masterly. An epic story of four Japanese-American families and their...


Fire and fortitude : the US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943
McManus, John C. 1965-
John C. McManus, one of the most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor - a rude awakening for a ragtag militia woefully unprepared for war - to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were...


Island infernos : the US Army's Pacific War odyssey, 1944
McManus, John C. 1965-
In Fire and Fortitude-winner of the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History-John C. McManus presented a riveting account of the US Army's fledgling fight in the Pacific following Pearl Harbor. Now, in Island Infernos, he explores the Army's dogged pursuit of Japanese forces,...


Killing the rising sun how America vanquished World War II Japan
O'Reilly, Bill
#1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorsFrom the bloody battlefields of the Pacific to New Mexico, where Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's team prepares to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind; from Washington, DC, as FDR dies and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency to Tokyo, where Emperor Hirohito...


Last mission to Tokyo : the extraordinary story of the Doolittle Raiders and their final fight for justice
Paradis, Michel (Lawyer)
"Superb...[Paradis] writes history with ease and authority." --The Wall Street Journal "[An] engrossing procedural...Richly researched." --The New York Times Book Review A thrilling narrative that introduces a key but underreported...


The Mosquito Bowl : a game of life and death in World War II
Bissinger, Buzz 1954-
Instant New York Times Bestseller · Winner of the General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation "Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights is an American classic. With The Mosquito Bowl, he is back with a true story even...


Twilight of the gods : war in the western Pacific, 1944-1945
Toll, Ian W.
New York Times Bestseller The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, "one of the great storytellers of War" (Evan Thomas). In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the...


Unsinkable : five men and the indomitable run of the USS Plunkett
Sullivan, James 1965-
In the bestselling tradition of Indianapolis and In Harm's Way comes a "captivating...gripping" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) account of the USS Plunkett--a US Navy destroyer that sustained the most harrowing attack on any Navy ship by the Germans during World War...


The women with silver wings : the inspiring true story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Landdeck, Katherine Sharp
"With the fate of the free world hanging in the balance, women pilots went aloft to serve their nation. . . . A soaring tale in which, at long last, these daring World War II pilots gain the credit they deserve."--Liza Mundy, New York Times bestselling author of Code...

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