The Storm on Our Shores

The Storm on Our Shores

One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II

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The "story of two World War II soldiers' ... fateful encounter in the Forgotten War of Alaska"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451678376
Characteristics: xvii, 236 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call Number: 940.5428 OBM


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lcasper Mar 05, 2019

This book and Colorado author Mark Obmascik will be featured on 60 Minutes on April 7th

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Apr 13, 2019

Good book—a quick read (236 pages). Telling the story of two men who fought during WWII on a remote island (Attu) in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska). Laird joined the Army to get away from his upbringing in rural Ohio. The Army provided stability from his violent father and disappearing mother and was a way out from his dangerous occupation in the coal mines. Paul Tatsuguchi (Tats) left Japan to attend medical school in California, and returned home to practice medicine. He was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist, an ardent Christian who believed in nonviolence but was forced to join the Japanese Army when the war broke out. The book opens with Laird going to a home in California, knocking on the door and telling the Asian-American woman who opens the door “I’m the man who killed your father.” The author states the fight on Attu was the only time since the War of 1812 that enemy forces landed and fought on U.S. soil. I am not a huge fan of military history but had never even heard of the fight on Attu (and I was a history major in college!) I also spent several summers working in the fishing industry in Alaska and worked in some remote corners of of the state; but I cannot even imagine fighting a battle on the Alaskan tundra. The author blends the story well with sufficient background on the battle on Attu with the personal experience of two men caught up in the fighting.

lcasper Mar 05, 2019

This book and Colorado author Mark Obmascik will be featured on 60 Minutes on April 7th


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