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by Chuck Thompson
Greenline Pubns 2002
Cover Price: $19.95
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|The 25 Best World War II Sites
Ever consider traveling to the real Pacific battlefields of WWII? If so, this is the essential travel and history reference for 25 of the best sites in the 20 million square miles of the Pacific Theater. As this book proves, even for those who only dream about travel, it is still an impressive reference to the history and sites today.
25 Best Pacific Site
The book profiles the 25 best Pacific sites including: 1. Pearl Harbor/Oahu, 2. Corregidor, 3. Singapore, 4. Saipan, 5. Hiroshima, 6. Peleliu/Palau, 7. Solomon Islands, 8. Aleutian Islands (Unalaska/Dutch Harbor), 9. Okinawa, 10. Marshall Islands, 11. Tokyo, 12. Guadalcanal, 13. Tarawa, 14. Nagasaki/Kyushu, 15. Leyte, 16. Tinian, 17. Kanchanaburi, 18. Chuuk (Truk), 19. Manila, 20. Guam, 21. Nanjing, 22. Bataan, 23. Emiej Island, 24. Papua New Guinea, 25. North America. The book also profiles more difficult or expensive sites including Burma (Myanmar), Darwin, Eniwetak, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iwo Jima, Midway and Wake Island.
Each chapter covers a wide range of both well known sites, and more obscure ones. For instance, in the Ohau chapter, the natural importance of Pearl Harbor Memorial is fully detailed, but also, lesser known sites, like the "Natsunoya Teahouse" where Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa conducted much of his surveillance of Pearl Harbor. Also, lesser known and out of the way sites, like the barracks, airfields and forts of significance. Each details any special permissions, limited access, contact information, entry fees and other related information.
More Than A Travel Guide
For those that dream of exotic Pacific travels, and even those who have already been to some of the 25 best sites, this guide book come highly recommended, and a worthy addition to your history library too, for perspective on the wartime sites today. After completing the book, any reader will be tempted to travel to one, or all 25 of these sites - as soon as possible!
Review by Justin Taylan
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