“James Campbell’s powerful account of what happened instead is a[n]…important chapter of American history, too little known until now.” –Harry Belafonte
“The author writes with feeling and authority about an often neglected chapter of World War II history.” –Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, U.S. Marine Corps
From the acclaimed World War II writer and author of The Ghost Mountain Boys,The Color of War is an incisive retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the Pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the home front.
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.”
The Color of War is the story of two battles: the one overseas and the one on America’s home turf. By weaving together these two narratives for the first time, Campbell paints a more accurate picture of the cataclysmic events that occurred in July 1944–the month that won the war and changed America.
James Campbell is the author of The Final Frontiersman and The Ghost Mountain Boys. He has written forOutside magazine and many other publications.