John Wukovits is a military expert and an authority on U.S. history in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island, as well as several military biographies and many articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, World War II, The Journal of Military History, The Naval War College Review, and Air Power History.
"Naval historian John Wukovits writes about the bloody Tarawa fight
as though he had gone ashore with the Marines...a worthy memorial
to the Marines who fought there."-Herman Wouk
"This fast-paced chronicle of courage is a must read."-Lt. Col. Oliver L. North
"The best book I have ever read about the battle for Tarawa....His vivid account of this horrific amphibious campaign is must reading for all Marines and World War II history buffs."-Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC (Ret.), author of Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper
"In this remarkable book, we smell the sulfurous stink of artillery, hear the impact of bullets into flesh, and taste the bitterness of blood....We owe a debt to Wukovits for reminding us of the American heroes who gave every ounce of their strength and courage to kick open the gate to Tokyo."-Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys