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Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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The Secret Rescue

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May 2013 Hardcover

Cate Lineberry, The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

978-0-316-22022-4, $27.00

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When 26 Army nurses and medics-part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron-boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. A drama that captured the attention of the American public, the group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.

A mesmerizing tale of the courage and heroism of ordinary people, THE SECRET RESCUE tells not only a new story of struggle and endurance, but also one of the daring rescue attempts by clandestine American and British organizations amid the tumultuous landscape of the war.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cate Lineberry is a former staff writer and Europe editor for National Geographic andthe web editor of Smithsonian, and her work has appeared in the New York Times. She lives in the greater Washington, DC, area.

Publicity Contact: Morgan Moroney, morgan.moroney@hbgusa.com

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The Maid’s Version

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September 2013 Hardcover

Daniel Woodrell, The Maid’s Version

978-0-316-20585-6, $25.00

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Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri.  Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident?

Alma thinks she knows the answerand that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solaceand peace for her sister. He is advised to “Tell it. Go on and tell it”—tell the story of his family’s struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Five of Daniel Woodrell’s eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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The Devil That Never Dies

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September 2013 Hardcover

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

978-0-316-09787-1, $30.00

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Antisemitism never went away, but since the turn of the century it has multiplied beyond what anyone would have predicted. It is openly spread by intellectuals, politicians, and religious leaders in Europe, Asia, the Arab world, America, and Africa and supported by hundreds of millions more. Indeed, today antisemitism is stronger than any time since the Holocaust.

In THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen reveals the unprecedented, global form of this age-old hatred; its strategic use by states; its powerful appeal to individuals and groups; and how technology has fueled the flames that had been smoldering prior to the millennium.

A remarkable work of intellectual brilliance, moral stature, and urgent alarm, THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES is destined to be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is the author of the #1 international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners, A Moral Reckoning, and Worse than War. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New Republic, and newspapers around the world.A former professor at Harvard University, he now lives in New York.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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The 34-Ton Bat

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October 2013 Hardcover

Steve Rushin, The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects

978-0-316-20093-6, $25.00

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No sport embraces its wild history quite like baseball, especially in memorabilia and objects. Sure, there are baseball cards and team pennants. But there are also huge balls, giant bats, peanuts, cracker jacks, eyeblack, and more, each with a backstory you have to read to believe. In THE 34-TON BAT, Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin tells the real, unvarnished story of baseball through the lens of all the things that make it the game that it is.

Rushin weaves these rich storiesfrom ballpark pipe organs played by malevolent organists to backed up toilets at Ebbets Fieldtogether in their order of importance (from most to least) for an entertaining and compulsive read, glowing with a deep passion for America’s Pastime. The perfect holiday gift for casual fans and serious collectors alike, THE 34-TON BAT is a true heavy hitter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Rushin has been writing for Sports Illustrated for the last 25 years and was the 2006 National Sportswriter of the Year. His work has been collected in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in Connecticut.

Publicity Contact: Justin Levine, justin.levine@hbgusa.com

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Stella Bain

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November 2013 Hardcover

Anita Shreve, Stella Bain

978-0-316-09886-1, $28.00

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When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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The Visionist

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January 2014 Hardcover

The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart

978-0-316-22811-4, $26.00

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In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope. It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of “Visionist” and bringing renown to their settlements.

The City of Hope has not yet been blessed with a Visionist, but that changes when Polly arrives and is unexpectedly exalted. As she struggles to keep her dark secrets concealed in the face of increasing scrutiny, Polly finds herself in a life-changing friendship with a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who will stake everythingincluding her faithon Polly’s honesty and purity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Urquhart is a former writer and editor at Spy, Vogue, and Allure magazines. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and Vanity Fair and she is the author of three Chic Simple lifestyle books (Knopf). She received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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Vendetta

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March 2014 Hardcover

James Neff, Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa

978-0-316-73834, $28.00

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From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa channeled nearly all their considerable powers into destroying each other. Kennedy’s battle with Hoffa burst into the public consciousness with the media-saturated Senate Rackets Committee hearings in 1956, which aimed to expose widespread corruption in the Teamsters union, and only grew larger after his brother named him attorney general in 1961. Claiming that the Teamsters were corrupt and heavily involved with the Mafia, RFK instantly put together a “Get Hoffa” squad composed of men like Walter Sheridan, a former FBI agent who believed crime lords such as Hoffa presented a far greater threat to American life than J. Edgar Hoover’s much-feared domestic communists. The squad soon became a mini-FBI within the Kennedy Justice Department, devoted entirely to the goal of destroying a single man. But Hoffa, with nearly unlimited Teamster funds, was a worthy adversary. Indicted five times in seven years for federal crimes, Hoffa beat every rap until, in 1964, after a sensational trial, he was convicted of jury tampering. 

VENDETTA recounts the strikes and counterstrikes between RFK and Hoffa, each using his own tremendous arsenal to outsmart the other-with Kennedy relying on brilliant lawyers, snitches, double-agents, and media favors, while Hoffa employed such guerrilla tactics as bribing jurors, paying off federal agents, intimidating witnesses, and attempting blackmail by secretly bugging movie stars with whom the Kennedys consorted. 

Drawing upon a treasure trove of previously secret and undisclosed documents, acclaimed journalist James Neff has struck a goldmine of never-before-revealed details about this titanic battle between two American icons, and brings us, for the first time, the full story of their bitter clash.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Neff is the author of several books and serves as chairman of Investigative Reporters & Editors, a 4,500-member nonprofit organization that provides advanced training to journalists worldwide. He lives in Seattle.

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Blood Royal

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February 2014 Hardcover

Eric Jager, Blood Royal

978-0-316-22451-2, $29.00

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On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city’s chief law enforcement officerand one of history’s first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime, and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eric Jager is an award-winning professor at UCLA and the author of many in acclaimed academic journals. He has also written three books, including the widely acclaimed The Last Duel, The Book of the Heart, and The Tempter’s Voice. He lives in Los Angeles.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys

March 2013 Hardcover

Dean King, The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: A New, True, and Grisly History

978-0-316-16706-2, $27.99

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Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys and their infamous feud, yet almost nobody knows the truth of this legendarily violent-and influential-clash in the heart of Appalachia. Contrary to popular belief, this wasn’t just hillbilly families taking potshots at each other: the Hatfields and McCoys were well-established landowners, who had intermarried and interacted for decades. But after the Civil War, things turned bloody. By the time the fury subsided, 13 family members lay dead, and the hostilities had become a national media spectacle as state officials and the United States Supreme Court were drawn into the grisly dispute.

Filled with brutal murders, clannish loyalty, reckless affairs, mercenaries, and gun-slinging lawmen, BAD BLOOD is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of a vast land.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dean King is the author of the national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara. He has written for many publications, including Men’s Journal, Esquire, Garden & Gun, Granta, Outside, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Last Lion

November 2012 Hardcover

William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

978-0-316-54770-3

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Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE LAST LION picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. THE LAST LION brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation’s military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting America’s beleaguered cousins, and personified the “never surrender” ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.

More than twenty years in the making, THE LAST LION presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.

Paul Reid is an award-winning journalist. In late 2003 his friend, William Manchester, in failing health, asked Paul to complete The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm.  He lives in North Carolina.

Publicity Contact: Nicole Dewey, Nicole.dewey@hbgusa.com

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Houses of the Presidents

November 2012 Hardcover

Hugh Howard, Original Photography by Roger Straus III, Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates

978-0-316-13327-2, $40.00

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HOUSES OF THE PRESIDENTS offers a unique tour of the houses and day-to-day lives of America’s presidents, from George Washington’s time to the present. Author Hugh Howard weaves together personal, presidential, and architectural histories to shed light on the way our chief executives lived. Original photography by Roger Straus III brings the houses and furnishings beautifully to life. From Jefferson’s Monticello to Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo, with fascinating and surprising stops between and beyond, HOUSES OF THE PRESIDENTS presents a fascinating alternative history of the American presidency.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hugh Howard is the author of more than a dozen books on architecture, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War. His writings have also appeared in Smithsonian, New York Times, Washington Post, House Beautiful, Preservation, Early American Life, Traditional Homes, and many other publications.  He lives in East Chatham, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

Roger Straus III’s photography has been featured in eight books, including America’s Great Railroad Stations,US I: America’s Original Main StreetMississippi CurrentsModernism Reborn, and Wright for Wright. His work has also appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the Washington Post and Architectural Digest.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ILLUSTRATED TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR

OCTOBER 2011 HARDCOVER

The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War
Margaret E. Wagner and the Library of Congress
Introduction by Gary W. Gallagher
978-0-316-12068-5, $35.00

Rare source material from the Library of Congress and a gripping historical narrative illuminate the most consequential war ever fought on American soil.

With striking visuals from the Library of Congress’s unparalleled archive, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War is an authoritative and engaging narrative of the domestic conflict that determined the course of American history. A detailed chronological timeline of the war captures the harrowing intensity of 19th-century warfare in first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, and front-line journalists. Readers will be enthralled by speech drafts in Lincoln’s own hand, quotes from the likes of Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee, and portraits of key soldiers and politicians who are not covered in standard textbooks. The Illustrated Timelines’s exciting new source material and lucid organization will give Civil War enthusiasts a fresh look at this defining period in our nation’s history.

About the Author: Margaret E. Wagner is a writer and editor at the Library of Congress specializing in military history. She is co-author of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe, carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

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THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923

APRIL 2011 HARDCOVER

The House that Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 
Robert Weintraub
978-0-316-08607-3; $26.99

The untold story of Babe Ruth’s 1923 Yankees, their first championship season in the brand new Yankee Stadium.

Before the 27 World series wins, before Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter—the Yankees were new York’s also-ran franchise. They didn’t even have a stadium, renting out the new York Giants’ Polo Grounds and, embarrassingly, losing to them when it counted: in the Fall Classic. But in 1923, the Yankees played their first season on their own field, and everything changed. Babe Ruth bounced back from a contentious season to carry the team to their first title, justifying his new stadium’s nickname, “The house That Ruth Built.” This is the untold tale of the Yankees’ break-out season, filled with stories of new York and baseball in arguably their greatest eras. Robert Weintraub’s fresh reporting vividly illuminates the singular year that made the Yankees the storied franchise they are today.

About the author: Robert Weintraub is a sports columnist for Slate, contributes to the annual Football Outsiders Almanac, and has written regularly for Deadspin. com, ESPN.com, The Guardian, and Play magazine, among other media. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

Publicity contact: Elizabeth Garriga, elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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NOVEMBER 2010 HARDCOVERCleopatra: A BiographyStacy SchiffISBN:978-0-316-00192-2; $29.99The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.Her palace shimmered with gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. A canny strategist, a bold commander, and a captivating lover, Cleopatra was the wealthiest ruler of her time and one of the most powerful women in history. She engaged in a lethal political struggle with her brother; a relationship with Julius Caesar, with whom she had a child; and a nine-year affair after Caesar’s murder with Mark Antony, with whom she had three more children. Antony and Cleopatra’s alliance spelled both their ends. In a riveting narrative, Schiff captures both an epic power struggle and the operatic life of an exceptionally seductive woman, whose death ushered in a new world order, a generation before the birth of Christ.
Tour: San Francisco, Boston, Dallas,Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and TorontoAbout the author: Stacy Schiff has contributed to The New Yorker and the New York Times, where she has been an op-ed columnist. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City.

NOVEMBER 2010 HARDCOVER

Cleopatra: A Biography
Stacy Schiff
ISBN:978-0-316-00192-2; $29.99

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

Her palace shimmered with gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. A canny strategist, a bold commander, and a captivating lover, Cleopatra was the wealthiest ruler of her time and one of the most powerful women in history. She engaged in a lethal political struggle with her brother; a relationship with Julius Caesar, with whom she had a child; and a nine-year affair after Caesar’s murder with Mark Antony, with whom she had three more children. Antony and Cleopatra’s alliance spelled both their ends. In a riveting narrative, Schiff captures both an epic power struggle and the operatic life of an exceptionally seductive woman, whose death ushered in a new world order, a generation before the birth of Christ.

Tour: San Francisco, Boston, Dallas,Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto

About the author: Stacy Schiff has contributed to The New Yorker and the New York Times, where she has been an op-ed columnist. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City.

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NOVEMBER 2010 HARDCOVERBrute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. MarineRobert CoramISBN:978-0-316-75846-8; $27.99The long-awaited biography of Victor Krulak, arguably the most important officer in the history of the Marine Corps.From the earliest days of his 34-year military career, Victor “Brute” Krulak displayed a remarkable facility for applying creative ways of fighting to the Marine Corps. He went on daring spy missions, pioneered the use of amphibious vehicles, and masterminded the invasion of Okinawa. In Korea, he was a combat hero and invented the use of helicopters in warfare. In Vietnam, he developed a holistic strategy in stark contrast to the Army’s “Search and Destroy” methods— but when he stood up to LBJ to protest, he was punished. And yet it can be argued that all of these accomplishments pale in comparison to what he did after World War II and again after Korea: Krulak almost single-handedly stopped the U.S. government from abolishing the Marine Corps.
Tour: Atlanta, Washington, DC and Florida
About the author: Robert Coram was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of seven novels and five nonfiction books. He lives in Atlanta.

NOVEMBER 2010 HARDCOVER

Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
Robert Coram
ISBN:978-0-316-75846-8; $27.99

The long-awaited biography of Victor Krulak, arguably the most important officer in the history of the Marine Corps.

From the earliest days of his 34-year military career, Victor “Brute” Krulak displayed a remarkable facility for applying creative ways of fighting to the Marine Corps. He went on daring spy missions, pioneered the use of amphibious vehicles, and masterminded the invasion of Okinawa. In Korea, he was a combat hero and invented the use of helicopters in warfare. In Vietnam, he developed a holistic strategy in stark contrast to the Army’s “Search and Destroy” methods— but when he stood up to LBJ to protest, he was punished. And yet it can be argued that all of these accomplishments pale in comparison to what he did after World War II and again after Korea: Krulak almost single-handedly stopped the U.S. government from abolishing the Marine Corps.

Tour: Atlanta, Washington, DC and Florida

About the author: Robert Coram was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of seven novels and five nonfiction books. He lives in Atlanta.

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