Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II

Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II

by Bonita Gilbert

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ISBN-13: 9781612001296
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 750,270
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Bonita Gilbert has an MA in history from the University of Oregon and teaches history at North Idaho College. Bonnie and her husband live in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Maps xii

Introduction 1

Part I Plans and Preparations

1 One Big Ocean 9

2 Opportunity Knocks 25

3 Honolulu Hotbed 39

4 Pioneer Party 54

Part II Building the Base

5 Second Gear 81

6 High Center 108

7 Baiting the Hook 135

8 Rush Hour 161

Part III War

9 Shattered Illusions 185

10 Shock Waves 208

11 Fear Itself 239

12 Hope 265

13 Attrition 287

Appendix I Postwar Wake Island 310

Appendix II The Civilian Contractors 315

Notes 319

Works Cited 347

Index 353

What People are Saying About This

Ronald J. Wilper

...As the nephew of one of the civilian contractors taken prisoner, enslaved and eventually murdered on Wake Island during World War II, I read Bonnie Gilbert's Building for War hoping to learn something about the Uncle I never met. This book greatly exceeded my expectations. It is meticulously documented, delightfully well written, and intimately personal…paints a vivid picture of these events. It rings true, corroborated by impeccable historical research. It should be read by everyone with a personal connection with the war in the Pacific and by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the life and times of those who lived through it or died in it. (by one of the forgotten 98)

Robert Hanyok

...is a fine addition to the literature of the pre-war Pacific, giving an insight into the relative late and haphazard preparations by the United States to fortify and upgrade its island possessions. But it adds an important human element —the story of the civilian contractors trapped on an island in a war for which they never signed up. —Robert Hanyok, Pacific War Historian

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing amount of research writing this book.   Nothing compares with the depth and knowledge.  Thank you, Bonita, from a daughter of a survivor