John Toland


Born
in La Crosse, Wisconsin, The United States
June 29, 1912

Died
June 04, 2004

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John Willard Toland (June 29, 1912 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 4, 2004 in Danbury, Connecticut) was an American author and historian. He is best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler.[1]

Toland tried to write history as a straightforward narrative, with minimal analysis or judgment. This method may have stemmed from his original goal of becoming a playwright. In the summers between his college years, he travelled with hobos and wrote several plays with hobos as central characters, none of which achieved the stage.[2] At one point he managed to publish an article on dirigibles in Look magazine; it proved extremely popular and led to his career as a historian.

One exception to his general approach is his Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aft
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Adolf Hitler

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The Last 100 Days

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Battle: The Story of the Bulge

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Infamy: Pearl Harbor and it...

3.95 avg rating — 617 ratings — published 1982 — 5 editions
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No Man's Land: 1918, the La...

4.03 avg rating — 299 ratings — published 1980 — 2 editions
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The Dillinger Days

3.74 avg rating — 144 ratings — published 1963 — 7 editions
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The Flying Tigers

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Gods of War

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“educated lady would have to be sedate”
John Toland

“At 1:23pm Zeros were approaching Pearl Harbor where it was 7:53am. At that moment the flight commander radioed Admiral Nagumo TORA, TORA, TORA@ The repeated code word, meaning "tiger," stood for 'We have succeeded in surprise attack'." Two minutes later torpedo bombers began diving on Battleship Row.”
John Willard Toland, Infamy: Pearl Harbor and its Aftermath

“While Middleton was in an inner office with the commander, his driver slumped in a chair outside to catch a few minutes’ sleep. No sooner had he dropped off than someone stepped heavily on his feet. The driver woke angry. “Why, you son of a bitch,” he cried, “don’t you know I’m trying to sleep?” Then he saw he was looking up at George Patton. Patton leaned back and laughed. “Son,” he said, “you’re the first son of a bitch I’ve met today who knows what he’s trying to do.”
John Willard Toland, Battle: The Story of the Bulge