Dr. John C. McManus, emeritus professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award in the Operational History category. /battle for his book Island Infernos: The US Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944.
The Distinguished Writing Award is given by the Army Historical Foundation in recognition of significant contributions to literature concerning the history of the United States military. Winning authors receive a plaque honoring their book and a cash prize of $1,000.
The book covers major conflicts in the Pacific during World War II, including the Battles of Saipan and Guam, the slaughter at Peleliu, General Douglas MacArthur’s return to the Philippines, and the fierce jungle fight to capture the island. of Leyte.
island hells was hailed as “a prodigious feat of scholarship and exhaustive research” by the the wall street journal and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch listed it among the newspaper’s favorite books of 2021.
island hells is the second in a three-volume series on the United States military in the Pacific during World War II. The first book in the series, fire and courageearned McManus the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History.
McManus, one of the nation’s leading military historians, is the author of 14 nonfiction books on American military history. He was named to the University of Missouri System’s Presidential Engagement Fellows class of 2019-20 due to his demonstrated excellence and ability to communicate his research to the public and is frequently in demand as an expert speaker and commentator on war. American of the 20th and 21st centuries. . He hosts the World War II History Podcast Someone has spoken! and appeared on C-Span, Military Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Network, History and PBS.
McManus joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Journalism, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received the 2012 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2014 was the first Missouri S&T faculty member in a humanities or social sciences field to be named a curatorial professor emeritus by the system. from the University of Missouri and in the 2018 academic year held the Dr. Leo A. Shifrin Distinguished Professorship of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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