76 Hours: A Novel of Tarawa

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Larry Alexander has been a columnist for the Lancaster Newspapers, Inc., a newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1993. He retired from the paper in 2015. While with Lancaster Newspapers, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and has won state-level journalism awards. His first book, Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers, was published in 2005 and made the New York Times bestseller list. He followed up his first success with Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts behind Japanese Lines in World War II and In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company's Battlefields with Sgt. Forrest Guth, both published in 2010. He then coauthored A Higher Call with journalist and historian Adam Makos, which also made the New York Times and international bestsellers lists, and Bloody Ridge and Beyond with Marlin Groft.


"76 Hours is the take-no-prisoners debut novel by bestselling World War II historian Larry Alexander. The battle for the Pacific island of Tarawa is seen from both a hard-as-nails US Marine with a dark past and a Japanese soldier determined to give his life to the emperor. The story is fast-paced and intense, as if you were on Tarawa with a rifle in your hand. If you want to know what it was like to invade an enemy-held island, read 76 Hours."

-- "Jeff Shaara, New York Times bestselling author"

"New York Times bestselling WWII historian Larry Alexander captures the vicious reality of the Battle of Tarawa in his first novel, 76 Hours. Alexander puts the reader on the blood-soaked Pacific island amidst devastating machine-gun fire, desperate Banzai attacks, and brutally effective flamethrowers. His characters and prose are as tough as the marines who took the island against a dug-in foe."

-- "Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and A Man at Arms"

"76 Hours is a realistic and harrowing portrayal of combat in the Pacific, sure to appeal to hardcore military enthusiasts. Larry Alexander knows his stuff."

-- "Marcus Brotherton, New York Times bestselling author of A Bright and Blinding Sun: A World War II Story of Survival, Love, and Redemption"

"In 76 Hours, Larry Alexander, the brilliant author and historian who brought us behind the scenes with Major Dick Winters and the famous Band of Brothers, now turns to his gift for storytelling and rich characters to bring the Battle of Tarawa to life like never before. The story you only thought you knew about the marines who survived hell itself to capture the Japanese-held island over 76 hours during World War II is made real and visceral through the eyes of Alexander's protagonist, Private Pete 'Hardball' Talbot, a rich and compelling character that allows the reader to almost feel the shock of the shells raining down, feel the heat, and smell the gunpowder. Rich in accurate history and expertly told, this is the story of the brave marines of Tarawa told expertly in a way that will leave you breathless. Alexander is superb...Well done!"

-- "Andrews & Wilson, internationally bestselling authors of the Tier One, Sons of Valor, and Shepherds series"