Fire and Fortitude by John C. McManus

Fire and Fortitude

An engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War"Out here, mention is seldom seen of the achievements of the Army ground troops," wrote one officer in the fall of 1943, "whereas the Marines are blown up to the skies." Even today, the Marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, a reflection of a well-deserved reputation for valor. Yet the majority of fighting and dying in the war against Japan was done not by Marines but by ...

Details Fire and Fortitude

TitleFire and Fortitude
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherDutton Caliber
GenreHistory, War, World War II, Nonfiction, Military Fiction, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Fire and Fortitude

  • Steve
    I read very little of the United States Army's involvement in the Pacific War during World War II. The Army fought certain battles in the Pacific, But more was written about the United States Marine's involvement in the Pacific. However, this was a good and interesting book about the U.S. Army's involvement in the battles of the Pacific and the hardships they endured in the steamy jungles of New Guinea to the Bataan Death March and the POW camps ...
  • Craig Pearson
    McManus is an excellent writer and through extensive research has crafted a detailed and enjoyable read about the history of the Army in the Pacific conflict. This book does not tell the full story of the Army in the Pacific, jusdt through 1943. With some tightening of biographies and some reduction of personality conflicts I think this coulod have told the story of the whole war. I do not understand why no maps were included. Fire and Fortitude ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    The author has written  books detailing World War II  with this one addressing  the role the Army played in during the first half of the war. It is well researched and written and is an interesting read. He points out, as many authors have, the self-centered ineptitude of Douglas McArthur which caused a much higher loss of life than necessary in the demise of the Phillipines. I found the section about americans in Austraila an interesting chap...
  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    This is not just a war history, it contains the opinion of the author of each of the generals (from all sides) who fought the battles in the Pacific Area of Operations. He starts by describing the military situation in the Pacific just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, including how it was decided how to staff the Phillipine Islands, and the placement of the US Pacific Naval forces.He does his best (but biasly) to tell the actual history of Gene...
  • Ron
    When most readers think of World War II in the Pacific Theater, they think of Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Guadalcanal which star the US Navy and Marines. But the war would not have been won with out the US Army. Fire and Fortitude tells the story of the US Army in the Pacific from the time of Pearl Harbor to the beginning of the march on Japan.John McManus divides the book in two sections - Onslaught and Turnabout. In Onslaught, the reader finds ch...
  • Peter Goodman
    “Fire and Fortitude: the US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943,” by John C. McManus (Caliber, 2019). There are loads of books, and movies, about the American war in Europe, the US Navy in the Pacific and Atlantic, and the Marines. I have read many of them. And for all of them, the experiences of the Army in the Pacific is either an afterthought or no thought at all. Guadalcanal? That’s about the 1st Marine Division. Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea,...
  • Anne Morgan
    Reading about World War II generally begins with the European theater: Normandy, the Battle of Britain, Dunkirk, etc. For Americans, Pearl Harbor may be as far into the Pacific theater as they go. Further reading generally focuses on the Navy and sea battles. So I was very interested to read John C. McManus' Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 and learn more about the early Pacific war and the army.Spoiler alert: for rea...