By now you are probably tired of hearing me go on and on about my favorite historical figure and my hero, Winston Churchill (if you have been following me on my author blog, History with Flair). I do apologize in advance because as the title of this post states it is another post about him. Sorry. (well, not really sorry).
This one is not the like the previous posts. It is not about his life but rather about my small collection of books on him. I just realized earlier today that I have quite a collection starting and that it would make a great post. At least I hope it does. Sorry if you find it boring.
So far I have five books on Churchill. All of which are shown in the photo down below.
The book on the far right with the red spine and titled Alone by Michael Korda may not at first glance be thought to be a book on Churchill. But in some regards it is. If you look really really close, you will be able to make out Churchill. If you can’t tell in the photo above, scroll down.
It is still a bit hard to tell but if you do a simple Google search of Korda’s book you will be able to see for yourself that this man standing beside these cannons is in fact the British Prime Minister. And in the subtitle of Korda’s book Churchill’s name is listed.
I am hoping to expand this collection with a few new purchases hopefully soon weather permitting. So stay tuned for another collection post. Some of which will become research books for my novel.
World War II has many facets to it. One of my favorite aspects of the war to study is the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This surprise attack launched by the Japanese was what threw America into the war.
Prior to this post, my collection consisted of two major Pearl Harbor books.
At Dawn We Slept by Donald Goldstein
All the Gallant Men by USS Arizona Survivor Donald Stratton
And a National Geographic booklet on Pearl Harbor
Now, I have added three new books.
December 7th, 1941 by Donald Goldstein
December 1941 by Craig Shirley
Hawaii Goes to War by historian Desoto Brown
These books were bought not only to add to my growing WWII collection and my interest in Pearl Harbor but also because I am a historical novelist. Currently, I am writing a Contemporary Romance Novel but I really would like to one day write a novel set during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Hence why I bought Brown’s book.
Something that I had not planned on was what I found inside Brown’s book today. A small pile of black and white photos.
Yesterday evening I emailed the Pacific Historic Parks-USS Arizona Memorial asking some questions pertinent to my research. The heroine of my story is a school teacher. So a couple of questions were geared towards that. Can you point me to any books on education during WWII specifically in Hawaii? What Hawaiian schools were like? My final question was about if they recommended any books on the attack. Which I am now opening up to you guys. Are there any Pearl Harbor books you believe every WWII historian interested in Pearl Harbor should own? Please leave a comment down below.
Last week I had placed a hold on the latest book in one of my favorite World War II historical fiction series and on Friday I received an email telling me that it was in. I had three days to pick it up which brings us today. So after class, I made a trip to the Cedar Falls library which called for another peak inside the Book Nook. I was so glad I did. Since my last trip, they had restocked not only the World War II section but also the Civil War.
My today’s treasures consisted of three books:
Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
A Higher Call by Adam Makos
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I was so excited to see these books on the shelves. My Dad owns A Higher Call and said it was really good. The prices for each of these books were great especially since Band of Brothers and A Higher Call were ex-library books. Finding that Band of Brothers was an ex-library book I thought it was a bit ironic because my other Stephen Ambrose book is also an ex-library book. The only downside to the Band of Brothers book is I believe a new edition of it came out.
Last Saturday, my dad and I travelled to Emmons, MN to see their museum. The Emmons Museum is only opened on Saturdays and is the basement of the town’s library. The museum is small as is the library but it was a neat experience. I am hoping to look at the Emmons’s who are significant to history as my thesis.
One important historical figure with the last name of Emmons is Rear Admiral George F. Emmons. He fought in the United States Navy during the Civil War. A US destroyer was named after him, it is called the USS Emmons. Sadly, I cannot visit this ship because it suffered a kamikaze attack off the coast of Okinawa and sunk on April 6th, 1945.
Here is a slide show of the photos I took.
In this slideshow, you will find photos of the display of Glaydon Iverson who died on the USS Oklahoma on December 7th, 1941. You can find my post on him here. We also toured the Emmons house. Sadly, I did not think to take any photos of this house. Here is a photo I took from realtor.com.
It truly is a gorgeous house both outside and inside. Hopefully, this project will turn out to be doable. There is not much written about the USS Emmons except for one book which I own.
Today on Facebook I came across a post by the National D-Day Memorial Facebook page. Their post was remembering a town in VA’s sacrifice 75 years ago today.
This town is Bedford, VA.
On September 26, 1942, nineteen boys from Bedford, VA boarded the RMS Queen Mary, a British troop ship docked in New York City, New York that was headed for England where they would start their training for the Allied mission known today as D-Day. These nineteen boys who joined Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division were part of the first group of soldiers to land on the beaches of Normandy. Sadly, these brave souls died within the first few minutes of the attack on June 6th, 1944.
Photo taken from the National D-Day Memorial’s Facebook page
Over the course of the war, this small Virginian town lost three more boy. Twenty-two boys in all. To honor the lives lost a memorial was created and you can visit it today. I personally have yet to visit but it is on my bucket list.
Today after my class I decided to head over to the local library and use my brand new library card. Like I usually do, I went straight to the history section. It usually takes me a bit to find the right section but this time that was not the case. I immediately found the WWII section specifically the rows dealing with the Pacific War.
Because I am a graduate student, I am starting my research out slow. I checked out three books that I hope will be useful. They are shown below.
Today after class I went to the Cedar Falls Library where they have a little used bookstore called Book Nook. They have a nice collection of novels, romance, history, biography, etc. It has been a while since I visited and it was sad to see that the WWII section had diminished. I did find one book which I bought but the other books I wanted were gone. They were, if I remember correctly, by Rick Atkinson. I knew I should have bought them when I saw them but I was trying to conserve money. You know being a poor university student an all. They also had the first time I visited two copies of Unbroken which I wanted to buy but didn’t.
Anyway today I couldn’t pass up buying The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. The second book shown in the picture below was given to me by a family at my church. It is an abridged version of the full biography which was turned into a movie of the same title starring Andrew Garfield.
I’m hoping the next time I go in more books will be added to the WWII section. I’d love to buy more books on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War in general. If not, perhaps my Dad and I can make a trip up to WI where there is a lovely used bookstore I love to visit. If that doesn’t happen, there is always Thriftbooks.