The Storm on Our Shores

The Storm on Our Shores

One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II

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"From a bestselling author, the heartbreaking, redemptive story of two World War II soldiers whose fateful encounter in the Forgotten War of Alaska has fascinated Americans for decades. In researching his bestselling book The Big Year, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik rediscovered a long-lost document from World War II: the diary of a Japanese surgeon, recovered from his body by the soldier who killed him. In the Cradle of Storms reveals the layered and moving story of two men bound together by a nineteen-page diary--and how its words eventually captivated American troops and changed our war-torn society. Written as one desperate man's final testament, Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi's journal revealed the medic's studies in America and his love for the US. It sent shock waves through American troops of the 1940s, shattering racist preconceptions and opening eyes to the common humanity of soldiers on both sides of the battle lines. Years later, it sent Laura Tatsuguchi Davis, the dead medic's daughter, on an intense search for the truth behind her father's life and legacy. And it drove Dick Laird--the sergeant who found the diary--to undertake a forty-year quest on two continents to find Laura, whose kindness and forgiveness offered redemption forhis own tortured soul. With journalistic acumen, sensitivity, and unmatched narrative skills, Obmascik tells the unforgettable true story of a horrific battle on a barren Alaskan island, two families struggling for peace, and the unlikely road to forgiveness"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781451678376
1451678371
Characteristics: xvii, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Apr 13, 2019

Good book—a quick read (236 pages). Telling the story of two men who fought during WWII on a remote island (Attu) in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska). Laird joined the Army to get away from his upbringing in rural Ohio. The Army provided stability from his violent father and disappearing mother and was a way out from his dangerous occupation in the coal mines. Paul Tatsuguchi (Tats) left Japan to attend medical school in California, and returned home to practice medicine. He was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist, an ardent Christian who believed in nonviolence but was forced to join the Japanese Army when the war broke out. The book opens with Laird going to a home in California, knocking on the door and telling the Asian-American woman who opens the door “I’m the man who killed your father.” The author states the fight on Attu was the only time since the War of 1812 that enemy forces landed and fought on U.S. soil. I am not a huge fan of military history but had never even heard of the fight on Attu (and I was a history major in college!) I also spent several summers working in the fishing industry in Alaska and worked in some remote corners of of the state; but I cannot even imagine fighting a battle on the Alaskan tundra. The author blends the story well with sufficient background on the battle on Attu with the personal experience of two men caught up in the fighting.

lcasper Mar 05, 2019

This book and Colorado author Mark Obmascik will be featured on 60 Minutes on April 7th

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