by Chuck Thompson
Greenline Pubns 2002
Cover Price: $19.95
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|The 25 Best World War II Sites
Ever consider traveling to the real
Pacific battlefields of WWII? If so, this is the essential travel and
history reference for 25 of the best sites in the 20 million square
miles of the Pacific theater. As this book proves, even for those who
only dream about travel, it is still an impressive reference to the
history and sites today.
25 Best Pacific Site
Author Chuck Thompson draws from his vast travel experiences
to present the best sites of the Pacific. He begins the book by explaining
the criteria for rating the 'best' sites of the Pacific, by three equally
important criteria: historical significance, the amount of attractions
at a give site, and finally on its merits as a travel destination (services,
natural beauty, desirability). Although subjective, it is a excellent
rating system. That includes Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Battan, Tokyo,
Tarawa, Saipan, River Kwai, China, Alaska, Hiroshima, Corregidor, Singapore,
Peleliu, Marshalls, Guam, Okinawa, Leyte, Solomons, Papua New Guinea,
Manila and Nagasaki, to name a few. The final chapter covers North American
Pacific WWII sites - including museums and memorials, and general details
on auxiliary sites that are more difficult or expensive to get to, such
as: Burma, Indonesia, Eniwetak, Midway, Wake and Iwo Jima.
Travel Guide Reference
Well Known & Obscure Location
A chapter is devoted to each of the 25 locations, complete
with sites of interest and detailed maps. A one to five 'star rating'
system rates each site, in terms of its interest level. Although all
sites are important, the star system helps travelers with limited time,
or budgets choose what they will want to see. Also, Thomoson draws upon
his own travel experiences and suggests the ranges of time required
to see the WWII sites - everything from a single full day in some locations,
to several days in order to reach all sites.
Each chapter covers a wide range of both well known sites, and more
obscure ones. For instance, in the Ohau chapter, the natural importance
of Pearl Harbor Memorial is fully detailed, but also, lesser known sites,
like the "Natsunoya Teahouse" where Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa
conducted much of his surveillance of Pearl Harbor. Also, lesser known
and out of the way sites, like the barracks, airfields and forts of
signifigance. Each details any special permissions, limited access,
contact information, entry fees and other related information.
More Than A Travel Guide
Author Chuck Thompson has done more than just write a travel
guide book, in the traditional sense of the term. Each chapter begins
with an informative, concise and well researched historical summary
of each of the 25 best sites. Also, a list of suggested reading &
references related to that location, that includes history books, veteran
memoirs and reading.
For those that dream of exotic Pacific
travels, and even those who have already been to some of the 25 best
sites, this guide book come highly recommended, and a worthy addion
to your history library too, for prespective on the wartime sites today.
After completing the book, any reader will be tempted to travel to one,
or all 25 of these sites - as soon as possible!
Review by Justin Taylan
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May 3, 2016