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Astor, Gerald 1926-2007

Works: 52 works in 166 publications in 5 languages and 16,095 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Military history  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: DD247.M46, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Gerald Astor
Most widely held works by Gerald Astor
The "last" Nazi : the life and times of Dr. Joseph Mengele by Gerald Astor( Book )
15 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of Auschwitz camp doctor Joseph Mengele, who sent thousands to the gas chambers and tortured hundreds more with experiments. Mengele went missing until his remains were discovered in 1985
The right to fight : a history of African Americans in the military by Gerald Astor( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the role of African Americans in the military from the Boston Massacre to the present day
The greatest war : Americans in combat, 1941-1945 by Gerald Astor( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eyewitness accounts of what American soldiers thought, felt, saw, heard, and tried to do in World War II
June 6, 1944 : the voices of D-Day by Gerald Astor( Book )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The June 6, 1944, cross-channel assault mustered 120,000 Allied soldiers, a fleet of 5,000 vessels, and an aerial armada of 1,000 bombers for a precisely orchestrated, devastating blow at the enemy. But the action failed to follow the script, as inadequate intelligence, human error, and nature conspired to nearly wreck in a few hours the elaborate plans that had been kept secret from Hitler for many months
The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th anniversary book by Gerald Astor( Book )
3 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents historical photographs and original essays on Hall of Fame players by nine of the country's finest baseball writers
Hostage : my nightmare in Beirut by David Jacobsen( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author recounts his seventeen-month ordeal as a hostage in Lebanon and discusses his release in exchange for weapons and the failure of America's anti-terrorism and hostage-rescue policies
Crisis in the Pacific : the battles for the Philippine Islands by the men who fought them by Gerald Astor( Book )
12 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Crisis in the Pacific acclaimed historian Gerald Astor draws on the raw experiences of marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen under fire - from generals and admirals to correspondents, line officers and enlisted men on both sides of the battle lines - to present a view of the critical struggle for the Philippines, the keystone to Japanese domination of the Pacific and to ultimate Allied victory. These accounts, many published here for the first time, are dramatic and graphic, brutal and awe-inspiring. Ranging from the diplomatic and nursing corps' experience of the Japanese conquest and occupation of the islands, to the Bataan death march and first-hand accounts of war crimes inflicted by the Japanese on prisoners of war, to the final push for the hills of Mindanao, Crisis in the Pacific is the first complete history, told in the words of the men and women who were there, of one of the most crucial battlegrounds of World War II
A blood-dimmed tide : the Battle of the Bulge by the men who fought it by Gerald Astor( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Mighty Eighth : the air war in Europe as told by the men who fought it by Gerald Astor( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners describe their experiences as members of the Eighth Air Force during World War II
Operation Iceberg : the invasion and conquest of Okinawa in World War II by Gerald Astor( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Story of the battle on Okinawa told by its survivors through interviews, diaries, journals, and official documents
" ... And a credit to his race;" the hard life and times of Joseph Louis Barrow, a.k.a. Joe Louis by Gerald Astor( Book )
4 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wings of gold : the U.S. Naval air campaign in World War II by Gerald Astor( Book )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From critically acclaimed military historian Gerald Astor comes Wings of Gold, the first account of how the airplane transformed the U.S. Navy and paved the way to victory in the Pacific in World War II. Astor tracks that fateful journey from its humble beginnings in 1910 when Eugene Ely flew the very first plane off the deck of a U.S. Navy ship to the unprecedented air combat missions that helped defeat the Japanese. Few naval aviators in World War II realized that when they earned their wings of gold they were about to become test pilots for a whole new kind of combat. In their own words, these courageous fliers describe the life-and-death air battles that defined the revolution in naval strategy that rose from the ashes of Pearl Harbor, when fighter pilots watched in horror as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft bombed their planes and airfields into smoking rubble. While following the pilots' firsthand reports of air strikes and blazing dogfights across the islands and atolls of the Pacific, Astor explores the ways the U.S. Navy began its momentous transformation before the war. Later, the critical role of aircraft carriers in the stunning U.S. victory at Midway sounded the death knell for conventional naval warfare, yet the public, the press, the Army, and even the president's advisors refused to recognize the new reality. In fact, only a few in the Navy understood that a new era had begun that would change the face of war forever. The young Americans who fought the deadly duels against Imperial Japanese forces high over the Pacific gave everything they had to the war effort, and many made the supreme sacrifice. Wings of Gold pays tribute to their courage, daring, and selfless dedication. Vividly told, thoroughly researched, and filled with stirring accounts of the Pacific War's greatest air battles, Wings of Gold is an important addition to the annals of World War II aerial combat. From the Hardcover edition
Terrible Terry Allen : combat general of World War II : the life of an American soldier by Gerald Astor( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A controversial general who led American forces in North Africa, Holland, and across Germany
The disease detectives : deadly medical mysteries and the people who solved them by Gerald Astor( Book )
2 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presidents at war : from Truman to Bush, the gathering of military power to our Commanders in Chief by Gerald Astor( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the historical and geopolitical aspects of presidential power in making war from Presidents Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush
The New York cops; an informal history by Gerald Astor( Book )
3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Semper Fi in the sky : Marine air battles of World War II by Gerald Astor( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents true stories of the experiences of U.S. Marine pilots during World War II as they recall Pacific air battles including Wake Island, Midway, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, and Guadalcanal
The jungle war : mavericks, marauders, and madmen in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II by Gerald Astor( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The massive invasions, spectacular sea battles, and devastating bombing raids of World War II could not have occurred without enormous organizations, meticulous coordination, and absolute discipline - the meat and potatoes of modern, mechanized warfare. For those with more exotic appetites, however, there was CBI: China, Burma, and India." "In The Jungle War, the man whom Stephen Ambrose called "the master of the genre" of oral history relates the sprawling and dramatic tale of the theater of war in which forceful personalities battled chaos, and "conventional" warfare was simply impossible. Gerald Astor shows how Allied reluctance to commit resources to this "side-alley fight" led to a motley amalgamation of separate commands and specialized units led by some of the most colorful, unconventional, and innovative commanders in military history. Their internecine squabbles, political intrigues, and enormous egos are as much a part of the story as the battles they fought." "You'll meet the legendary Claire Chennault, the combative visionary who created and commanded the famed Flying Tigers; General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, the brilliant but abrasive U.S. theater commander who battled his British counterpart almost as fiercely as he fought the Japanese; General Frank Merrill, whose Merrill's Marauders became the most famous and successful infantry unit in CBI; and the British maverick General Orde Wingate, who created the famous Chindits who operated behind enemy lines. What emerges from these incisive portraits is a penetrating study of the impact of personalities on the execution and outcome of armed conflict."--Jacket
Brick agent : inside the Mafia for the FBI by Anthony Villano( Book )
2 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Battling buzzards : the odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, 1943-1945 by Gerald Astor( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The 517th Regimental Parachute Combat Team - nicknamed "Battling Buzzards" after its emblem depicting an irate vulture against a parachute backdrop - began its existence in March of 1943 as an element of the 17th Airborne Division. Before its dissolution thirty-three months later, the outfit of 2,500 men endured some of the heaviest fighting of the European campaigns - from Italy through the invasion of Southern France, then the bitter winter in the Ardennes and the final thrust into Germany. During its relatively brief lifetime, the 517th suffered nearly 1,400 casualties. For valor, the troopers collected one Congressional Medal of Honor, six Distinguished Service Crosses, three Legion of Merits, 126 Silver Stars and some 400 Bronze Stars
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Alternative Names
Astor, Gerald Morton 1926-2007
アスター, ジェラルド
English (108)
Japanese (2)
Spanish (2)
Chinese (1)
Sinhalese (1)