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A wonderful gift for a military enthusiast.

Winner of two silver awards!

"inherently fascinating read...very highly recommended"
[Midwest Book Review]  

A father’s odyssey. A mother’s strength. A son’s story.

The trilogy, Wilber's War, chronicles the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, during an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers a fresh insight—on a deeply personal level—into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and The Philippines and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of duty, heroism, love, and human frailty.

Review Excerpts

“informed and informative … thoughtful and thought-provoking…inherently fascinating read…deftly crafted…very highly recommended for both community and academic library … collections” [Midwest Book Review, June 2015]

“Hale Bradt relates a story that could resonate with the multitude of families who also sacrificed a father, a husband, or son [ to war].” [Foreword Reviews, Fall 2015]

“This is a unique epic of monumental scale about an American soldier’s fight in battles in various parts of Oceania during the Second World War, and intricately pieced together by his son. I highly recommend that readers get a copy…” [Biz India Online News, Aug. 21, 2015]

“…fascinating, original biography…Rarely do we meet such sexual frankness and emotional pathos as are presented in these family letters.…The author’s research, including travel (during the 1980s) to the sites of battles …was exhaustive.…a superb job of disentangling the confusing threads of this story. [The Journal of Military History, Jan. 2016]

An American Family's Journey through World War II

by Hale Bradt

A father’s odyssey. A mother’s strength. A son’s story.

The trilogy, Wilber's War, chronicles the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, during an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers a fresh insight—on a deeply personal level—into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and The Philippines and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of duty, heroism, love, and human frailty.

Review Excerpts

“informed and informative … thoughtful and thought-provoking…inherently fascinating read…deftly crafted…very highly recommended for both community and academic library … collections” [Midwest Book Review, June 2015]

“Hale Bradt relates a story that could resonate with the multitude of families who also sacrificed a father, a husband, or son [ to war].” [Foreword Reviews, Fall 2015]

“This is a unique epic of monumental scale about an American soldier’s fight in battles in various parts of Oceania during the Second World War, and intricately pieced together by his son. I highly recommend that readers get a copy…” [Biz India Online News, Aug. 21, 2015]

“…fascinating, original biography…Rarely do we meet such sexual frankness and emotional pathos as are presented in these family letters.…The author’s research, including travel (during the 1980s) to the sites of battles …was exhaustive.…a superb job of disentangling the confusing threads of this story. [The Journal of Military History, Jan. 2016]

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