Though the last shots of World War II rang out more than 70 years ago, the stories and research do not stop. Each year, leading historians and authors unearth impactful information and details from the war that changed the world, furthering our understanding of the 20th century’s most dramatic event. The National WWII Museum is proud to host these historians and authors often for Meet the Author events on campus, where they can showcase their works and discuss them with a live audience.
Join us as we host the launch of military historian Richard B. Frank’s new book Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia–Pacific War, Volume I: July 1937–May 1942. This new work casts penetrating light on how struggles in Europe and Asia merged into a tightly entwined global war.
Writer and journalist Mary M. Lane presents her recent book Hitler's Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich at the Museum. In 2013, the German government confiscated roughly 1,300 works of art from the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of one of Hitler’s primary art dealers, a discovery kept secret by the government for two years. Lane reveals the fate of those works and tells the definitive story of art in the Third Reich and Germany’s ongoing struggle to right the wrongs of the past.
The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy is proud to host author and aviator Katherine Landdeck for a presentation on her book The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, which tells the story of the daring women who became Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II.
We’ll host Ghost Army Legacy Project President and Exhibit Consultant Rick Beyer who will speak about his book, The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery.
Author Dave Gutierrez will speak about his book, Patriots from the Barrio: The Story of Company E, 141st Infantry: The Only All Mexican American Army Unit in World War II. In addition, the Institute for the Study for War and Democracy will honor several families of the veterans featured in Gutierrez’s book who will be in attendance.