Wednesday August 10, 7 pm: Ian Toll, “The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944”

conquering tideThis masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal.Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War. Historian Ian W. Toll’s battle scenes―in the air, at sea, and in the jungles―are simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accounts―letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs―that are the raw material of the telling details, shrewd judgment, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history.

August 19, 1:30 pm: Paul Clerici, “A History of the Falmouth Road Race”

Falmouth Road Race“A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod” written by Massachusetts runner and author Paul C. Clerici – is a thoroughly entertaining and well-researched historical chronicle of the famous seven-mile road race. Featuring over 40 years worth of stories, anecdotes, tales, and tidbits, finally there is a book that tells this compelling story from the beginning. It features nearly 80 photographs that span the decades – some of which published here for the first time – and through dozens of interviews specific for this book, there are countless detailed recollections and insights from the likes of longtime volunteers; sponsors; founder Tommy Leonard; organizers John and Lucia Carroll, Rich and Kathy Sherman; local runners such as Olympic gold medalist Colleen Coyne, NASA astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams; and legendary athletes including Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Rod Dixon, Craig Virgin, Henry Rono, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jen Rhines, Lynn Jennings, Lornah Kiplagat, Catherine Ndereba, Craig Blanchette, Tatyana McFadden, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Jordan McNamara, and many others. In addition is a foreword by Tommy Leonard