Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War: July 1937-May 1942

Richard B. Frank (Author)

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$40.00  $36.80
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 03, 2020
6.1 X 9.4 X 2.0 inches | 2.7 pounds

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About the Author

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.


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
Monumentally researched....A painful yet riveting history, especially valuable for historians and military buffs.--Kirkus (starred review)
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)
Absolutely outstanding....brisk and compelling....a real game changer for the historiography of the Pacific Theater in World War II.--Jerry D. Lenaburg
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)
Tower of Skulls is the opening volume of what promises to be the definitive history of the Asia-Pacific War, a gripping account of two wars--one on the Asian mainland, the other in the islands of the Pacific--that conjoined and became a history-changing struggle without mercy or precedent. The scope is epic and the story has the pulling power of fiction. It is that rare thing: a work of staggering scholarship bound to appeal to a wide reading audience.--Donald L. Miller, author of Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign that Broke the Confederacy