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Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

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An engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War

"Out here, mention is seldom seen of the achievements of the Army ground troops," wrote one officer in the fall of 1943, "whereas the Marines are blown up to the skies." Even today, the Marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, a reflection of a well-deserved reputation for valor. Yet the majority of
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Hardcover, 624 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Dutton Caliber
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Steve
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read very little of the United States Army's involvement in the Pacific War during World War II. The Army fought certain battles in the Pacific, But more was written about the United States Marine's involvement in the Pacific. However, this was a good and interesting book about the U.S. Army's involvement in the battles of the Pacific and the hardships they endured in the steamy jungles of New Guinea to the Bataan Death March and the POW camps at O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. This book gives insig ...more
Craig Pearson
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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McManus is an excellent writer and through extensive research has crafted a detailed and enjoyable read about the history of the Army in the Pacific conflict. This book does not tell the full story of the Army in the Pacific, jusdt through 1943. With some tightening of biographies and some reduction of personality conflicts I think this coulod have told the story of the whole war. I do not understand why no maps were included. Fire and Fortitude gets a 4.5 for not being perfect.
Casey Wheeler
The author has written  books detailing World War II  with this one addressing  the role the Army played in during the first half of the war. It is well researched and written and is an interesting read. He points out, as many authors have, the self-centered ineptitude of Douglas McArthur which caused a much higher loss of life than necessary in the demise of the Phillipines. I found the section about americans in Austraila an interesting chapter in dealing with understanding the english languag ...more
Zeb Kantrowitz
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is not just a war history, it contains the opinion of the author of each of the generals (from all sides) who fought the battles in the Pacific Area of Operations. He starts by describing the military situation in the Pacific just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, including how it was decided how to staff the Phillipine Islands, and the placement of the US Pacific Naval forces.

He does his best (but biasly) to tell the actual history of General MacArthur as he described him as a megalomanic
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Ron
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
When most readers think of World War II in the Pacific Theater, they think of Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Guadalcanal which star the US Navy and Marines. But the war would not have been won with out the US Army. Fire and Fortitude tells the story of the US Army in the Pacific from the time of Pearl Harbor to the beginning of the march on Japan.

John McManus divides the book in two sections - Onslaught and Turnabout. In Onslaught, the reader finds chapters on the Pearl Harbor attack, the invasion an
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Peter Goodman
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Fire and Fortitude: the US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943,” by John C. McManus (Caliber, 2019). There are loads of books, and movies, about the American war in Europe, the US Navy in the Pacific and Atlantic, and the Marines. I have read many of them. And for all of them, the experiences of the Army in the Pacific is either an afterthought or no thought at all. Guadalcanal? That’s about the 1st Marine Division. Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway, etc: Navy all the way. When the Army is mention ...more
Anne Morgan
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reading about World War II generally begins with the European theater: Normandy, the Battle of Britain, Dunkirk, etc. For Americans, Pearl Harbor may be as far into the Pacific theater as they go. Further reading generally focuses on the Navy and sea battles. So I was very interested to read John C. McManus' Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 and learn more about the early Pacific war and the army.

Spoiler alert: for readers like me who know very little going in, Fire a
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John C. McManus is an author, military historian and award-winning professor of military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is one of America’s leading experts on the history of modern American soldiers in combat.