The Storm On Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, And The Forgotten Battle Of World War Ii

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“Mark Obmascik has deftly rescued an important story from the margins of our history—and from our countrys most forbidding frontier. Deeply researched and feelingly told, The Storm on Our Shores is a heartbreaking tale of tragedy and redemption.”Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground

The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan.

May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called “The Forgotten Battle” by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star-winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul.

The doctor’s name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded—never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird.

Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the US Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years.

Tatsuguchi’s diary was later translated and distributed among US soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi’s daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik brings his journalistic acumen, sensitivity, and exemplary narrative skills to tell an extraordinarily moving story of two heroes, the war that pitted them against each other, and the quest to put their past to rest.


  • 001 StormOnOurShores Open

    Duración: 35s
  • 002 StormOnOurShores Preface

    Duración: 15min
  • 003 StormOnOurShores Part1 Tatsy Chapter1 Delivery

    Duración: 14min
  • 004 StormOnOurShores Part1 Tatsy Chapter2 Love

    Duración: 18min
  • 005 StormOnOurShores Part1 Tatsy Chapter3 Homeland

    Duración: 12min
  • 006 StormOnOurShores Part1 Tatsy Chapter4 Isolation

    Duración: 32min
  • 007 StormOnOurShores Part1 Tatsy Chapter5 Conscripted

    Duración: 25min
  • 008 StormOnOurShores Part2 Laird Chapter6 Trapped

    Duración: 33min
  • 009 StormOnOurShores Part2 Laird Chapter7 Escape

    Duración: 24min
  • 010 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter8 Pearl

    Duración: 25min
  • 011 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter9 Conquered

    Duración: 26min
  • 012 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter10 Heartsick

    Duración: 11min
  • 013 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter11 Attu

    Duración: 29min
  • 014 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter12 Quagmire

    Duración: 37min
  • 015 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter13 Sunday

    Duración: 10min
  • 016 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter14 ComeOnLet'sGo

    Duración: 07min
  • 017 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter15 Bushido

    Duración: 41min
  • 018 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter16 Fog

    Duración: 17min
  • 019 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter17 News

    Duración: 12min
  • 020 StormOnOurShores Part3 War Chapter18 Fury

    Duración: 40min
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