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John C. McManus is an award-winning professor, author, and military historian, and a leading expert on the history of the American combat experience. He is the Curators' Distinguished Professor of U.S. Military History at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and is currently in residence at the U.S. Naval Academy as the Leo A. Shifrin Chair of Naval and Military History. His critically acclaimed books on World War II include Deadly Sky, Grunts, and The Dead and Those About to Die. His next book, Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943, will be published by Dutton Caliber in July 2019.


"McManus's extensive research allows him to tell the story with verve and authority."--Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn "A riveting and deeply moving story of uncommon courage."--Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Longest Winter "A testament to men assigned the impossible who, through sheer willpower, almost pulled it off."--The Wall Street Journal "McManus mines a rich and too-long-neglected vein of stories, many revealed here for the first time."--Mark Bando, author of 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy "An absolutely riveting and vivid narrative that captures the full extent of the heroism of America's troops in Operation Market Garden...Military history at its finest."--Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines "McManus's crisply written book tells of the campaign as seen through the eyes of the privates, sergeants, and captains who jumped into the Netherlands and the air crews who got them there."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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