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Good Night Officially

Author : Schuyler Foerster
ISBN : 9780429720239
Genre : History
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Good Night Officially

Author : William Mcbride
ISBN : 0813330637
Genre : History
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"27 March 1945 ... Hello baby darling: We're at sea again. The jumping, rolling, tossing sea again. My belly isn't the only thing with the jitters this time. They affect my whole body. Okinawa. Just looking at it on the map breaks us out in a cold sweat. Okinawa spells Kamikaze Corps to us. Somebody's gotta get it and we may be lucky or unlucky. You see, the Navy loses a lot of men but you don't particularly hear about it. ..". These are the words of Orvill Raines, a newspaperman in civilian life, who now found himself in the uniform of a Yeoman Second Class on the destroyer Howorth and smack in the middle of the Pacific war. From his assignment to the ship in April 1944 until his death one year later in a kamikaze attack off Okinawa, Orvill Raines wrote a remarkable series of letters to his young bride, Ray Ellen. His perceptive, uncensored correspondence shows us, with a directness that no conventional history could hope to match, the horrific experiences shared by thousands of American seamen who fought "the good war" against the Japanese half a century ago. Special arrangements with the officer responsible for censoring his letters enabled Raines to candidly chronicle the war as he and his shipmates knew it. His keen and literate observations provide a rare glimpse of the everyday world of the enlisted sailor - a world permeated by boredom and routine, camaraderie and high jinks, but regularly punctuated by the frantic action and intense terror of combat. And the Howorth's crew saw plenty of combat. The reconquest of the Philippines, where Raines's strongest memory is of the continual parade of floating bodies in Leyte Gulf; the twenty-four days spent firing on the entrenchedJapanese on the stark, volcanic hell of Iwo Jima; and the bloody invasion of Okinawa are just some of the dramatic engagements that Raines witnessed and recorded. There is a deeply personal side to these letters as well. They tell of Orvill's adoration and longing for Ray Ellen (faced with a lengthy and uncertain separation, they promised to bid each other an "official good night" every evening) and of his aspirations for a better life after the war. Knowing the author's fate renders these hopes and dreams even more poignant. Orvill's last letter - to be opened only in the event of his death - is the most touching of all, as he bids his beloved Ray Ellen a final "goodbye, officially". The letters are carefully edited and superbly set in their historical context by William M. McBride. Good Night Officially is a tribute to the genuine heroism of the millions of ordinary men who served their country in World War II and a fitting remembrance of the squandered potential and tragic sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of Americans in a war of unparalleled ferocity.
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Tin Can Titans

Author : John Wukovits
ISBN : 9780306824319
Genre : History
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An epic narrative of World War II naval action that brings to life the sailors and exploits of the war's most decorated destroyer squadron When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 (Desron 21) to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war. But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring resume; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O'Bannon, who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship's sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow "Doc" Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette, who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea, epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II. Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.
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At War With The Wind

Author : David Sears
ISBN : 9780806535968
Genre : History
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The legacy of the fanatical kamikaze fighters of World War II—and how it still echoes today—in “a superb narrative of life, death, and incredible heroism” (Jim Hartz). A Main Selection of the Military Book Club and a Featured Alternate of the History Book Club In the last days of World War II, a new and baffling weapon terrorized the United States Navy in the Pacific. To the American sailors, the self-sacrificing warriors of Japan were known as “suiciders,” but among the Japanese, they were named for the “divine wind” that once saved the home islands from invasion: kamikaze. This is the harrowing story of a war within a war—a relentless series of furious and violent engagements pitting men determined to die against men determined to live. Its echoes resonate hauntingly at a time of global conflict, when suicide as a viable weapon remains a perplexing and terrifying reality. Told from the perspective of the men who endured this horrifying tactic, At War with the Wind is the first book to recount in nail-biting detail what it was like to experience an attack by Japanese kamikazes. David Sears, acclaimed author of The Last Epic Naval Battle, draws on personal interviews and unprecedented research to create a stunningly vivid narrative of war. In “the finest account of the American reaction to the furious suicide raids that attempted to turn the course of the War in the Pacific,” these unforgettable stories reveal one of the most horrifying and misunderstood chapters of World War II (Donald L. Miller).
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Naval War College Review

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ISBN : OSU:32435052627163
Genre : International relations
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No Kiss Good Night

Author : Kevin Zdrill
ISBN : 1475928238
Genre : Fiction
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The day of his thirty-ninth birthday, relationship counsellor Gus Adams was completely alone. He was supposed to have a birthday bash, surrounded by friends and coworkers, but everyone cancelled for this reason or that. Gusleft with a silly Staples birthday banner and chilled champagne, sans companyrealized he had no one upon whom to depend, no one to love. With sudden determination, Gus decided to find lovereal, substantial lovebefore his dreaded fortieth birthday. After all, he knows how to make a relationship work. He spent his career listening to other people talk about their relationships. He knew what worked and what didnt, but Gus hadnt been in a romantic relationship in over ten years, since a heartless vixen tossed him out on the metaphorical curb. A lot had changed over the past ten years; Gus placed all his conviction into fast-tracking his soul mate through the polished hands of a professional dating service. Soon, hed be overwhelmed by free spirits who barely made it past date number one. Following forays into adultery, whip wielding seductresses, extortion, drinks spiked for male enhancement and a mandated admission to John School, Gus wondered if hed ever make it to date number two.
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A Good Night Out For The Girls

Author : E. Aston
ISBN : 9781137300140
Genre : Social Science
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Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, this book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance.
Category: Social Science

Goodnight Nebraska

Author : Tom McNeal
ISBN : 0307556476
Genre : Fiction
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At the age of 17, Randall Hunsacker shoots his mother's boyfriend, steals a car and comes close to killing himself. His second chance lies in a small Nebraska farm town, where the landmarks include McKibben's Mobil Station, Frmka's Superette, and a sign that says The Wages of Sin is Hell. This is Goodnight, a place so ingrown and provincial that Randall calls it "Sludgeville"-until he starts thinking of it as home. In this pitch-perfect novel, Tom McNeal explores the currents of hope, passion, and cruelty beneath the surface of the American heartland. In Randall, McNeal creates an outcast whose redemption lies in Goodnight, a strange, small, but ultimately embracing community where Randall will inspire fear and adulation, win the love of a beautiful girl and nearly throw it all away.
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Charles Goodnight

Author : J. Evetts Haley
ISBN : 9780806185170
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An exciting story of a Texas Ranger, adventurer, and immigration officer who became a symbol of his age while gambling with death in the wild frontier regions of Texas, Arizona, and Old and New Mexico. Charles Goodnight knew the West of Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Dick Wooton, St. Vrain, and Lucien Maxwell. He ranged a country as vast as Bridger ranged. He rode with the boldness of Fremont, guided by the craft of Carson. His vigorous zest for life enabled him to live intensely and amply, and in this book by J. Evetts Haley, himself no stranger to the West, provides a fully readable and important western biography, vividly told, thrilling, witty, and completely authentic.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Somehow Good

Author : William Frend DeMorgan
ISBN : UIUC:30112042029097
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