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Richard B. Frank is an internationally acclaimed historian of the Asia-Pacific War. He was an aerorifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and is the author of Guadalcanal and Downfall. He is a member of the Board of Presidential Counselors of the National WWII Museum and lives in Annandale, Virginia.


Outstanding, wide-ranging.... Frank has a humane, sure eye for detail.--Rana Mitter
Frank offers readers a wealth of material that provides a more nuanced perspective of the events that preceded our entry into the war....There will be two more volumes to come in this set, and I cannot wait to read them.--Vick Mickunas
Frank succeeds in his goal to alter our view of World War II as a mostly European clash in this informative book meant for all serious world history readers, even those who presume to know all there is to know about World War II.--Library Journal (starred review)
Absolutely outstanding....brisk and compelling....a real game changer for the historiography of the Pacific Theater in World War II.--Jerry D. Lenaburg
The definitive account of the first phase of WWII in the Pacific....This epic yet accessible account sets a new gold standard for histories of the conflict.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Monumentally researched....A painful yet riveting history, especially valuable for historians and military buffs.--Kirkus (starred review)
In this impressive reassessment of the early phases of the Pacific War, Richard B. Frank offers a rare combination of deep scholarship, thoughtful analysis, and compelling prose to illuminate aspects of the war too-often overlooked in Western accounts: China, Malaya, Burma, and Bataan. This is an essential and rewarding work for anyone who wants to understand World War II.--Craig L. Symonds, author of World War II at Sea: A Global History

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