TRAVEL BOOKS: The 25 Best World War II Sites: Pacific Theater
For those not personally or emotionally attached, World War II history can be, at best, dry as dusty textbook pages. Portland author Chuck Thompson changes all that with this well-researched and heartfelt exploration of the war-to-end-all-war's Pacific Theater. He offers a complete record and catalog of tangible attractions that lie within the Pacific Rim, accessible to intrepid travelers hungry for living history lessons and warmer climes. Walk the route of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines, sit in Honolulu's Natsunoya Teahouse where Japanese super-spy Takeo Yoshikawa monitored U.S. Pacific Fleet movements, or ride the railway across the original Bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand. Thompson's book breathes life into these and other museums, monuments and battlefields with thorough travel-guide information, thoughtful essays and vital history. The book, 10 years in the making, is the first of its kind for this topic and region, and an invaluable companion for those wanting to deep-dive into compelling history. -- Don Campbell