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Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the Boys Who Went to War
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A riveting and emotional tale of the boys who played in the 1942 Rose Bowl and then served on the WWII battlefields—a story of football, wartime, and boys becoming men.
In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 1942 Rose Bowl was moved from Pasadena to Durham, North Carolina, out of fear of Japanese attacks on the West Coast. It remains the only Rose Bowl game to ever be played outside of Pasadena. Duke University, led by legendary coach Wallace Wade Sr., faced off against underdog Oregon State College, with both teams preparing for a grueling fight on the football field while their thoughts wandered to the battlefields they would soon be on.
As the players and coaches prepared for the game, America was preparing for war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met to discuss the Allied strategy in Europe; a discussion that would change the lives of the boys and men on the field in Durham.
Finally, on New Year's Day 1942, under dark gray skies and occasional rain, the two teams clashed on the gridiron in front of a crowd of 56,000, playing one of the most unforgettable games in history. Shortly afterward, many of the players and coaches entered the military and would quickly become brothers on the battlefield. Scattered around the globe, the lives of Rose Bowl participants would intersect in surprising ways, as they served in Iwo Jima and Normandy, Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Bulge. Four players from that Rose Bowl game would lose their lives, while many more were severely wounded. In one powerful encounter on the battlefield, OSC's Frank Parker saved the life of Duke's Charles Haynes as he lay dying on a hill in Italy. And one OSC player, Jack Yoshihara, a Japanese-American, never had the chance to play in the game or serve his country, as he was sent to an internment camp in Idaho.
In this riveting an emotional tale, Brian Curtis sheds light on a little-known slice of American history and captures in gripping detail an intimate account of the teamwork, grit, and determination that took place on both the football fields and the battlefields of World War II. It was a game created by infamy and a war fought by ordinary boys who did the extraordinary.

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A riveting and emotional tale of the boys who played in the 1942 Rose Bowl and then served on the WWII battlefields—a story of football, wartime, and boys becoming men.
In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 1942 Rose Bowl was moved from Pasadena to Durham, North Carolina, out of fear of Japanese attacks on the West Coast. It remains the only Rose Bowl game to ever be played outside of Pasadena. Duke University, led by legendary coach Wallace Wade Sr., faced off against underdog Oregon State College, with both teams preparing for a grueling fight on the football field while their thoughts wandered to the battlefields they would soon be on.
As the players and coaches prepared for the game, America was preparing for war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met to discuss the Allied strategy in Europe; a discussion that would change the lives of the boys and men on the field in Durham.
Finally, on New Year's Day 1942, under dark gray skies and occasional rain, the two teams clashed on the gridiron in front of a crowd of 56,000, playing one of the most unforgettable games in history. Shortly afterward, many of the players and coaches entered the military and would quickly become brothers on the battlefield. Scattered around the globe, the lives of Rose Bowl participants would intersect in surprising ways, as they served in Iwo Jima and Normandy, Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Bulge. Four players from that Rose Bowl game would lose their lives, while many more were severely wounded. In one powerful encounter on the battlefield, OSC's Frank Parker saved the life of Duke's Charles Haynes as he lay dying on a hill in Italy. And one OSC player, Jack Yoshihara, a Japanese-American, never had the chance to play in the game or serve his country, as he was sent to an internment camp in Idaho.
In this riveting an emotional tale, Brian Curtis sheds light on a little-known slice of American history and captures in gripping detail an intimate account of the teamwork, grit, and determination that took place on both the football fields and the battlefields of World War II. It was a game created by infamy and a war fought by ordinary boys who did the extraordinary.

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      • source: Greensboro News & Record
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        "A fascinating and inspiring book that's about football, yes, but also about a great deal more... Curtis brings to life, without glamorizing or sanitizing, the courage and determination of these young men... Deftly, never belaboring his message, he makes it clear that, sports metaphors notwithstanding, playing football is nothing compared to fighting for your life and freedom... This is a fine book. It's a riveting story--really, many stories--well told. It's also a revealing insight into our shared history and a reminder of how Americans can rise to meet daunting challenges."

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      • source: Durham Herald-Sun
      • content: "History, sports, Durham, World War II, Duke University--it's all there ... It's a story far beyond the field at Duke, and takes readers into war, too."
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      • content: "For history buffs Fields of Battle is worth a read."
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      • content: "In this remarkable book, Curtis masterfully connects two seemingly unrelated events: the 1942 Rose Bowl and WWII... [Fields of Battle] has much in common with Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling Unbroken and should evoke similar strong emotions."
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        July 15, 2016
        A veteran sports journalist revisits "the most unusual yet meaningful Rose Bowl Game" ever.In 1941, Duke University was a national football power. Under legendary coach Wallace Wade, the Blue Devils were undefeated and slated for their second trip to the Rose Bowl to face Lon Stiner's Oregon State Beavers, surprise winners of the Pacific Coast Conference. West Coast security concerns following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced officials to move the game from its customary venue in Pasadena, California, to Duke's home field. As he prepares us for this extraordinary match-up, Curtis (Every Week a Season: A Journey Inside Big-Time College Football, 2004, etc.) explores each school's distinct culture, introduces coaches and select players, and summarizes the evolution of each team's season, including the unusual logistical challenges posed by the last-minute site change and the game's charged wartime atmosphere. He doesn't neglect the big game's details (an Oregon State upset), but he focuses mostly on what came after, the horror of a world war into which more than 70 of the game's participants immediately plunged. Yes, Curtis invokes the hoary football-as-war analogy in his title, exhortatory quotations from the likes of Wade and Vince Lombardi, but mainly he's careful to distinguish between an arduous game and savage war. In Europe and the Pacific, the boys of the Rose Bowl became men. Four were killed, many wounded; some won medals, and not a few returned to lives marked by alcoholism, depression, and divorce. Especially memorable are the tales of OSU's Stan Czech, who before his capture as a POW shared a hasty cup of coffee with Duke's Wade in a foxhole; Jack Yoshihara, the "alien" prohibited from traveling with his team to the Rose Bowl and who spent the war in an internment camp; and Frank Parker, the Beaver standout who rescued a Duke player near death on the battlefield. A fine sports book with a stirring extra dimension.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 15, 2016

        Curtis (Go Long!) is familiar with both sports and history, having written for Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports among other outlets. This latest book, at least to begin with, is about college football, specifically the Rose Bowl, which has been played every year since 1902 on New Year's Day in Pasadena, CA. The game is now one of the most preeminent college football games of the year. Curtis does a fine job describing the history of the Rose Bowl through the years, including the addition of a parade. The bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 resulted in the 1942 Rose Bowl, between Oregon State and Duke University, being held in Durham, NC. Later chapters hurriedly shift from the gridiron to the battlefield, creating a close-up of the World War II battles and journeys of the players from the 1942 game. One wonders if the author chose the subject of this book because of the anomalous rescheduling of the game. Although there were heroic moments described, there is nothing distinguishing these men from anyone else from their era. VERDICT As football season fast approaches, recommend this title to college football fans who love their history. World War II buffs might not have the patience or desire to sift through the early play by play.--Keith Klang, Port Washington P.L., NY

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        August 1, 2016
        In this remarkable book, Curtis masterfully connects two seemingly unrelated events: the 1942 Rose Bowl and WWII. On New Year's Day in 1942, the Rose Bowl game between Duke and Oregon State was played, not in Pasadena, Californiatoo near the West Coastbut in Durham, North Carolina, thanks to lobbying efforts to save the game, led by Wallace Wade, Duke's coach. Sports Illustrated writer Curtis convincingly makes his case for the game being the greatest metaphor for American grit and determination that the country had ever seen. The story extends beyond the field to the personal lives of the players, many of whom served heroically in the war. Perhaps the most moving of the stories Curtis recounts is that of Duke player Charles Haynes, whose life was saved by Frank Parker, a former footballer at Oregon State, who rescued Haynes after a serious injury left him badly wounded on an Italian battleground. Haynes and Parker met at the game's fiftieth reunion, the first time they had seen each other since 1945. This book has much in common with Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling Unbroken (2014) and should evoke similar strong emotions.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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A riveting and emotional tale of the boys who played in the 1942 Rose Bowl and then served on the WWII battlefields—a story of football, wartime, and boys becoming men.
In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 1942 Rose Bowl was moved from Pasadena to Durham, North Carolina, out of fear of Japanese attacks on the West Coast. It remains the only Rose Bowl game to ever be played outside of Pasadena. Duke University, led by legendary coach Wallace Wade Sr., faced off against underdog Oregon State College, with both teams preparing for a grueling fight on the football field while their thoughts wandered to the battlefields they would soon be on.
As the players and coaches prepared for the game, America was preparing for war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met to discuss the Allied strategy in Europe; a discussion that would change the lives of the boys and men on the field in Durham.
Finally, on New Year's...

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