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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Campbell Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781452677378
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In the pantheon of great World War II conflicts, the battle for Saipan is often forgotten. Yet historian Donald Miller calls it "as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany." For the Americans, defeating the Japanese came at a high price. In the words of a Time magazine correspondent, Saipan was "war at its grimmest."On the night of July 17, 1944, as Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz were celebrating the battle's end, the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot, just thirty-five miles northeast of San Francisco, exploded with a force nearly that of an atomic bomb. The men who died in the blast were predominantly black sailors. They toiled in obscurity loading munitions ships with ordnance essential to the U.S. victory in Saipan. Yet instead of honoring the sacrifice these men made for their country, the Navy blamed them for the accident, and when they refused to handle ammunition again, launched the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history.The Color of War, then, is the story of two battles, the one overseas and the other on America's home turf. By weaving together these two narratives for the first time ever, the author hopes to paint a more accurate picture of the cataclysmic events that occurred in July 1944-the month that won the war and changed America. Download and start listening now!

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  • A fine account of a little-known milestone in the battle for civil rights. Kirkus

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 11/16/2013

    " Very insightful. A look at WWII history from a different perspective -- men who WANTED to fight for their freedom, but the culture would not let them. Pres. Truman would change that just a few years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/5/2013

    " First-reads book. This was a really good book and I liked how it looked at the experiences of African-American troops in WWII. Definitely a book that should be read if you enjoy WWII history. "

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About the Author

James Campbell mounted an expedition to New Guinea to retrace the route of the Ghost Mountain Boys and discovered a wilderness almost unchanged in more than sixty years. He is the author of The Final Frontiersman and has written for Outside magazine as well as many other publications.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.