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Bruce Lee MARCHING ORDERS Signed First Edition

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First USA edition, first print hardback of The Untold Story of World War II published by Crown Publishing Inc, New York, in 1995. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page
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First USA edition, first print hardback of MARCHING ORDERS The Untold Story of World War II by Bruce Lee, published by Crown Publishing Inc., New York, in 1995. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page. Stated First Edition with full numberline 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Quarter black cloth bound on clean black boards with gold lettering on the spine) with minor wear to the dust jacket which is price clipped (slight creasing to the edges mainly around the spine). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and other inscriptions.

Bruce Lee, in a long and distinguished publishing career, has been editor-researcher for Cornelius Ryan and the editor of Gordon Prange, Admiral Edwin T. Layton, Ronald Lewin, Gordon Wekhman, William Craig, Ralph Bennett, and Charles B. MacDonald. He is the co-author of Pearl Harbor; Final Judgement.

Marching Ordersis a myth-shattering book on codes and codebreaking that "No one with the slightest interest in World War II or in the origins of the Cold War can afford to ignore." - Robin W. Winks

From the jacket blurb:

Already acclaimed as "one of the most important books ever published about World War II," this brilliantly written book reveals a host of previously untold stories: how the American breaking of the Japanese diplomatic Purple ciphers led to the defeat of Germany and caused Eisenhower not to capture Berlin, as well as why America and Great Britain agreed to employ nuclear weapons against Japan.

In researching Marching Orders, Bruce Lee had access to 1.5 million pages of U.S. Army documents - plus 15,000 pages of Japanese decrypts - detailing Germany's most sensitive military secrets. Japanese diplomats and military attaches in Europe sent these reports daily to Tokyo, believing falsely that their ciphers could not be broken. In turn, Tokyo sent its diplomats plans for the military expansion of the Japanese Empire.

In Marching Orders, Bruce Lee takes these decrypts and shows, with an overlay on wartime chronological events, what their impact was on Chief of Staff George C. Marshall (plus a handful of others) and how they influenced his strategic prosecution of the war. New light is shed on myriad issues, including the ceding of Berlin to the Soviets, the wars in Africa and on the Eastern Front, the invasion of Europe, and the atomic bombing of Japan.

Challenging conventional wisdom, this book concisely documents the dreadful casualties both American and Japanese forces would have suffered in an invasion and occupation of Japan. Marching Orders demonstrates, through its interpretation of the supposedly secret communications between Japanese leaders, that Tokyo was adamant in its refusal to surrender. The difficult choices facing the Americans about how to end the war quickly are explained on a day-by-day-basis.

608 pages. Illustrated with maps.

ISBN: 0 517 57576 0

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  • Weight:
    1.2kg
  • Product Code:
    1172
  • Condition:
    Used
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