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The final book in a World War II Pacific theater trilogy focuses on the Allied victory – from the liberation of the Philippines to the Japanese surrender. Military historian Dr. John C. McManus’s new book, To the End of the Earth: The U.S. Army and the Downfall of Japan, 1945, published by Penguin Random House, is available today, May 2.
McManus’s newest book opens on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, at the beginning of a months-long campaign to liberate the country from Japanese occupation. Even as fighting raged in the Philippines, Allied strategists also turned their eyes to China, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and eventually the Japanese islands. Because McManus draws from first-hand accounts of the war, readers can follow the perspective of several American soldiers and officers who fought not just enemy soldiers, but the climate, diseases and more.