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Astor, Gerald 1926-2007

Overview
Works: 64 works in 259 publications in 2 languages and 15,601 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Military history  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: DD247.M46, B
Publication Timeline
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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 )

17 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and French and held by 1,393 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 )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the role of African Americans in the military from the Boston Massacre to the present day
June 6, 1944 : the voices of D-Day by Gerald Astor( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a definitive, and redefining, book: On the 50th anniversary of the single greatest combined land-sea-air operation of World War II, American GIs, British Tommies, soldiers, sailors, paratroopers, Rangers, and Commandos who breached Fortress Europe tell what really happened as they braved a firestorm of Nazi shot and shell
The greatest war : Americans in combat, 1941-1945 by Gerald Astor( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eyewitness accounts of what American soldiers thought, felt, saw, heard, and tried to do in World War II
Hostage : my nightmare in Beirut by David Jacobsen( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 807 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
The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th anniversary book by Gerald Astor( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents historical photographs and original essays on Hall of Fame players by nine of the country's finest baseball writers
A blood-dimmed tide : the Battle of the Bulge by the men who fought it by Gerald Astor( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
The Mighty Eighth : the air war in Europe as told by the men who fought it by Gerald Astor( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 745 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 )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of the battle on Okinawa told by its survivors through interviews, diaries, journals, and official documents
Crisis in the Pacific : the battles for the Philippine Islands by the men who fought them by Gerald Astor( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 681 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
" ... And a credit to his race;" the hard life and times of Joseph Louis Barrow, a.k.a. Joe Louis by Gerald Astor( Book )

5 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wings of gold : the U.S. Naval air campaign in World War II by Gerald Astor( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 512 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 )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 503 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 )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Disease Detectives takes you inside the Centers for Disease Control to meet the scientists to hunt with incredible vigilance for the nature and causes of such hugely publicized killers as Toxic Shock Syndrome and Legionnaire's Disease. But sometimes it is sheer chance that enables them to spot and stop such ancient threats as cholera, bubonic plague, and leprosy when they occasionally reappear today, seemingly from nowhere. These medical detectives tell dramatic tales of tracking down virtually unknown diseases to their far-off origins, and of unraveling such tangled puzzles as the outbreak of spontaneous abortions in a single large department store
Presidents at war : from Truman to Bush, the gathering of military power to our Commanders in Chief by Gerald Astor( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 466 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 )

4 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 340 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
Semper Fi in the sky : Marine air battles of World War II by Gerald Astor( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 335 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
Battling buzzards : the odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, 1943-1945 by Gerald Astor( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of the acclaimed A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It returns to the European Theater of Operations of World War II to bring to life the remarkable experiences of one of the U.S. Army's first elite combat units, with much of the narrative in the words of the participants themselves
The bloody forest : battle for the Huertgen, September 1944-January 1945 by Gerald Astor( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Surprisingly, little has been written about this bloody battle. Its beginning was overshadowed by Field Marshall Montgomery's audacious and ill-fated Operation Market Garden (September 17), "the bridge too far." As the battle for the Huertgen Forest neared its end, the massive Nazi attack that became immortalized as the Battle of the Bulge (December 16) exploded into Belgium
 
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Alternative Names
Astor, Gerald Morton 1926-2007

アスター, ジェラルド

Languages
English (164)

French (1)

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June 6, 1944 : the voices of D-DayThe greatest war : Americans in combat, 1941-1945A blood-dimmed tide : the Battle of the Bulge by the men who fought itThe Mighty Eighth : the air war in Europe as told by the men who fought itOperation Iceberg : the invasion and conquest of Okinawa in World War IICrisis in the Pacific : the battles for the Philippine Islands by the men who fought themWings of gold : the U.S. Naval air campaign in World War IITerrible Terry Allen : combat general of World War II : the life of an American soldier