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From an acclaimed World War II writer comes an incisive retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the Pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the homefront.

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In the pantheon of great World War II conflicts, the battle for Saipan is often forgotten. Yet historian Donald Miller calls it "as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany." For the Americans, defeating the Japanese came at a high price. In the words of a Time magazine correspondent, Saipan was "war at its grimmest."

On the night of July 17, 1944, as Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz were celebrating the battle's end, the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot, just thirty-five miles northeast of San Francisco, exploded with a force nearly that of an atomic bomb. The men who died in the blast were predominantly black sailors. They toiled in obscurity loading munitions ships with ordnance essential to the U.S. victory in Saipan. Yet instead of honoring the sacrifice these men made for their country, the Navy blamed them for the accident, and when they refused to handle ammunition again, launched the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history.

The Color of War, then, is the story of two battles, the one overseas and the other on America's home turf. By weaving together these two narratives for the first time ever, the author hopes to paint a more accurate picture of the cataclysmic events that occurred in July 1944—the month that won the war and changed America.

"A fine account of a little-known milestone in the battle for civil rights." ---Kirkus

"Campbell masterfully juxtaposes two searing WWII experiences---one white, one black, one justly praised, one unjustly ignored---in a riveting story that makes your emotions, your indignation, and your adrenaline flow." ---Dean King, author of Skeletons on the Zahara

"[Campbell] writes with feeling and authority about an often neglected chapter of World War II history." ---Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, U.S. Marine Corps
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The Color of War

How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America

Author James Campbell

Narrated by Stephen Hoye

Publication date May 15, 2012

Running time 13 hrs

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