Curtis, Brian, 1971- author.
Fields of battle : Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the boys who went to war / Brian Curtis.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 1942 Rose Bowl was moved from Pasadena to Duke University out of fear of further Japanese attacks on the West Coast. Shortly after this unforgettable game, many of the players and coaches left their respective colleges, entered the military, and went on to serve around the world in famous battlegrounds, from Iwo Jima and Okinawa to Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, where fate and destiny would bring them back together on faraway battlefields, fighting on the same team. Fields of Battle is a powerful story that sheds light on a little-known slice of American history where World War II and football intersect. Author Brian Curtis captures in gripping detail an intimate account of the teamwork, grit, and determination that took place on both the football and battle fields"-- Provided by publisher.
Rose Bowl (Football game) (1942 : Durham, N.C.)
Rose Bowl (Football game) -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Football players -- United States -- Biography.
College athletes -- United States -- Biography.
Football coaches -- United States -- Biography.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 -- Influence.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -294) and index.
Part I: The men. The making of a coach ; A new kingdom ; Country boys -- Part II: The winds of war. A warning ; A team of destiny ; Infamy ; The Beaver Express -- Part III: A game like no other. A rose is still a rose ; A new opponent ; Shikata ga nai -- Part IV: War. The first ; Campus at war ; An ordinary hero ; Cup of coffee ; Uncommon valor -- Part V: Home. The new normal ; The last days.
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