May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called “The Forgotten Battle” by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties.
Mark Obmascik’s new book “The Storm on Our Shores,” tells the heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during that brutal battle in Alaska, in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary, which in turn changes our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan.
Mark Obmascik is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of “The Big Year,” which was made into a movie, and “Halfway to Heaven.” He won the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award for outdoor literature, the 2003 National Press Club Award for environmental journalism, and was the lead writer for the Denver Post team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Denver with his wife and their three sons.
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