This award-winning book is the second volume in the planned 10-volume collection, WAR STORIES: World War II Firsthand, which presents a perspective on the military campaigns and actions of World War II anchored on the stories told by the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and other front line personnel who experienced the conflict. This volume features heart-wrenching testimony from those who stormed the beaches of Normandy and Southern France; those who jumped behind the lines, manned the ships and flew the missions overhead in the great invasion of Europe, an event unparalleled in history.
The IPPY awards are considered to be the "World's Largest Book Awards Contest." The awards are open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.
"I am honored that our D-Day book won a Silver Medal award in the History (World) category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards," says Bill Breidenstine, publisher. "This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all involved in the WAR STORIES: World War II Firsthand project. In particular, I want to thank the World War II veterans themselves who came forward and shared their experiences with us. It is because of them that this endeavor of ours to preserve their legacy is truly worthwhile."
On Monday, June 4th, the 16th Annual IPPY Awards will be presented via a ceremony in New York, kicking off the annual BookExpo convention. Since 1996, over 4,500 books have received IPPY Awards.
Author Jay Wertz also recently won top honor in the USA "BEST BOOKS 2011" AWARDS in the History: Military/Political category for WAR STORIES: World War II Firsthand - THE PACIFIC - Volume One - Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal.
Tom Brokaw, of NBC News, recently praised THE PACIFIC – Volume One as “a stunning and evocative reminder of the personal heroism and epic battles over and on seas, island, and mainland, as told by those who were there. Magnificent."
Mr. Wertz is also the author of three books -- The Native American Experience, The Civil War Experience: 1861-1865 (both now in their second edition), and co-author of Smithsonian's Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War. His television credits include the award-winning 13-part documentary series Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War.
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Mr. Wertz is available for speaking engagements, and media interviews.
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