The Color of War

The Color of War

How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America

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From the acclaimed World War II writer and author of The Ghost Mountain Boys, an incisive retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the home front.

In the pantheon of great World War II conflicts, the battle for Saipan is often forgotten. Yet historian Donald Miller calls it "as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany." For the Americans, defeating the Japanese came at a high price. In the words of a Time magazine correspondent, Saipan was "war at its grimmest."

On the night of July 17, 1944, as Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz were celebrating the battle's end, the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot, just thirty-five miles northeast of San Francisco, exploded with a force nearly that of an atomic bomb. The men who died in the blast were predominantly black sailors. They toiled in obscurity loading munitions ships with ordnance essential to the US victory in Saipan. Yet instead of honoring the sacrifice these men made for their country, the Navy blamed them for the accident, and when the men refused to handle ammunition again, launched the largest mutiny trial in US naval history.

The Color of War is the story of two battles: the one overseas and the one on America's home turf. By weaving together these two narratives for the first time, Campbell paints a more accurate picture of the cataclysmic events that occurred in July 1944--the month that won the war and changed America.

Baker & Taylor
An account of two pivotal events from July 1944 explores the battle for Saipan as central to the defeat of Japan and traces the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot explosion that led to the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history.

Baker
& Taylor

A retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the Pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the home front. Among the great World War II conflicts, the three-week battle for Saipan is often forgotten--yet historian Donald Miller calls it"as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany." On the night of the battle's end, the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot, just outside San Francisco, exploded with a force nearly that of an atomic bomb. The menwho died in the blast were predominantly black sailors, toiling in obscurity loading munitions ships. Yet instead of honoring the sacrifice these men made, the Navy blamed them for the accident, and when the men refused to handle ammunition again, launched the largest mutiny trial in US naval history. By weaving together these two battle narratives for the first time, author Campbell paints a new picture of the month that won the war and changed America.--From publisher description.
An account of two pivotal events from July 1944 explores the battle for Saipan as central to the defeat of Japan and traces the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot explosion that killed numerous African-American soldiers, tracing the responses and heroism that led to the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history. By the author of The Ghost Mountain Boys. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307461216
0307461211
Characteristics: p. cm.

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SEBoiko
Dec 20, 2012

Other: page 164 it mentions Vice-Admiral John McCain as the Arizona Senator's father. It should be his grandfather. His father CincPac during Vietnam.

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