James D. Hornfischer

1 Service

Author : Marcus Luttrell & James D. Hornfischer
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-05-08
Description :  Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.<br /><br />In Service, we follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he's seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before.<br /><br />A thrilling war story, Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind. <br />Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.<br /><br />In Service, we follow Marcus Luttrell to Iraq, where he returns to the battlefield as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Al Anbar Province. There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces. We also return to Afghanistan and Operation Redwing, where Luttrell offers powerful new details about his miraculous rescue. Throughout, he reflects on what it really means to take on a higher calling, about the men he's seen lose their lives for their country, and the legacy of those who came and bled before.<br /><br />A thrilling war story, Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood, to the belief that nobody goes it alone, and no one will be left behind.

2 The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

Author : James D. Hornfischer
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2004-02-03
Description :  <b>“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”</b><br /><br /> With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS <i>Samuel B. Roberts</i> on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the <i>Roberts</i> and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.<br /><br /> In the tradition of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Flags of Our Fathers,</i> James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.<br /><br /><b> BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's&#xa0;<i>Neptune's Inferno</i>.</b><br /><br /><b>Praise for </b><i><b>The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors</b></i><br /><br />“One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of&#xa0;<i>Flags of Our Fathers</i>. . . . Exalting American sailors and pilots as they richly deserve. . . . Reads like a very good action novel.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br />“Reads as fresh as tomorrow's headlines. . . . Hornfischer's captivating narrative uses previously classified documents to reconstruct the epic battle and eyewitness accounts to bring the officers and sailors to life.”<b>—<i>Texas Monthly</i></b><br /><br />“Hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable. . . . A dire survival-at-sea saga.”<b>—</b><i><b>Denver Post</b><br /><br /></i>“In&#xa0;<i>The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors,</i>&#xa0;James Hornfischer drops you right into the middle of this raging battle, with 5-inch guns blazing, torpedoes detonating and Navy fliers dive-bombing. . . . The overall story of the battle is one of American guts, glory and heroic sacrifice.”<b>—<i>Omaha World Herald</i></b>

3 Neptune's Inferno

Author : James D. Hornfischer
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2011-01-25
Description :  The Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy’s sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of “Ironbottom Sound.” Here, in stunning cinematic detail, are the seven major naval actions that began in August 1942, a time when the war seemed unwinnable and America fought on a shoestring, with the outcome always in doubt. Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America’s hour of need. The first major work on this subject in almost two decades, <i>Neptune’s Inferno</i> does what all great battle narratives do: It tells the gripping human stories behind the momentous events and critical decisions that altered the course of history and shaped so many lives.

4 Ship of Ghosts

Author : James D. Hornfischer
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2006-10-31
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /> "Son, we’re going to Hell."<br /><br /> The navigator of the USS <i>Houston</i> confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS <i>Houston</i> was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasn’t a fair fight, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the death.<br /><br /> Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers, and the almost superhuman effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster again and again–until their luck ran out during a daring action in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the <i>Houston</i> was finally sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For more than three years their fate would be a mystery to families waiting at home.<br /><br /> In the brutal privation of jungle POW camps dubiously immortalized in such films as <i>The Bridge on the River Kwai</i>, the war continued for the men of the <i>Houston</i>—a life-and-death struggle to survive forced labor, starvation, disease, and psychological torture. Here is the gritty, unvarnished story of the infamous Burma–Thailand Death Railway glamorized by Hollywood, but which in reality mercilessly reduced men to little more than animals, who fought back against their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, will–power—and the undying faith that their country would prevail.<br /><br /> Using journals and letters, rare historical documents, including testimony from postwar Japanese war crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness accounts of <i>Houston</i>’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it’s easy to forget that every single word is true.<br /><br /> BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's&#xa0;<i>Neptune's Inferno</i>.

5 The Fleet at Flood Tide

Author : James D. Hornfischer
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-10-25
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • The extraordinary story of the World War II air, land, and sea campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the rise of the United States as a global superpower<br /></b><br /><b>Winner, Commodore John Barry Book Award, Navy League of the United States •&#xa0;Winner, John Lehman Distinguished Naval Historian Award, Naval Order of the United States</b><br /><br />With its thunderous assault on the Mariana Islands in June 1944, the United States crossed the threshold of total war. In this tour de force of dramatic storytelling, distilled from extensive research in newly discovered primary sources, James D. Hornfischer brings to life the campaign that was the fulcrum of the drive to compel Tokyo to surrender—and that forever changed the art of modern war.<br /><br />With a close focus on high commanders, front-line combatants, and ordinary people, American and Japanese alike, Hornfischer tells the story of the climactic end of the Pacific War as has never been done before. Here are the epic seaborne invasions of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, the stunning aerial battles of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, the first large-scale use of Navy underwater demolition teams, the largest banzai attack of the war, and the daring combat operations large and small that made possible the strategic bombing offensive culminating in the atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From the seas of the Central Pacific to the shores of Japan itself, <i>The Fleet at Flood Tide</i> is a stirring, authoritative, and cinematic portrayal of World War II’s world-changing finale.<br /><br /><b>Illustrated with original maps and more than 120 dramatic photographs</b><br /><br />“Quite simply, popular and scholarly military history at its best.”<b>—Victor Davis Hanson, author of <i>Carnage and Culture</i> </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “The dean of World War II naval history . . . In his capable hands, the story races along like an intense thriller. . . . Narrative nonfiction at its finest—a book simply not to be missed.”<b>—James M. Scott, Charleston<i> Post and Courier</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An impressively lucid account . . . admirable, fascinating.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An extraordinary memorial to the courageous—and a cautionary note to a world that remains unstable and turbulent today.”<b>—Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, author of <i>Sea Power</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A masterful, fresh account . . . ably expands on the prior offerings of such classic naval historians as Samuel Eliot Morison.”<b>—<i>The Dallas Morning News</i></b>

6 Last Man Out

Author : H. Robert Charles & James D. Hornfischer
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2006-11-15
Description :  From June 1942 to October 1943, more than 100,000 Allied POWs who had been forced into slave labor by the Japanese died building the infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway, an undertaking immortalized in the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai." One of the few who survived was American Marine H. Robert Charles, who describes the ordeal in vivid and harrowing detail in <i>Last Man Out</i>. The story mixes the unimaginable brutality of the camps with the inspiring courage of the men, including a Dutch Colonial Army doctor whose skill and knowledge of the medicinal value of wild jungle herbs saved the lives of hundreds of his fellow POWs, including the author.



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