Leon Cooper, WWII Veteran of Pacific War, Receives Important Indie Book Award

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The Indie Book Awards has named WWII veteran and author Leon Cooper's work, The War in the Pacific--A Retrospective, as a Finalist in the History/Historical Non-Fiction category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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The Indie Book Awards has named WWII veteran and author Leon Cooper's work, The War in the Pacific--A Retrospective, as a Finalist in the History/Historical Non-Fiction category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

His book will be listed among other finalists in the Indie Book Awards catalog to be distributed at Book Expo America in Los Angeles in June. This award means that Cooper is privileged to add "Finalist" gold award stickers on the cover.

The War in the Pacific--A Retrospective is written from the point of view of a participant, one "who was there" in the battles the author analyzes. He was a Navy landing craft officer, charged with leading Higgins Boats carrying assault troops on to the beaches of Japanese island strongholds. In this capacity, he was able to observe firsthand the fatal mistakes made by area commanders, resulting in the needless sacrifice of American lives.

Unlike other histories of the Pacific conflict, the author relies on personal experiences--his own "original sources," in describing how these mistakes came about. His views will be regarded by many as "unorthodox," but he saw up close, the consequences of "orthodoxy."

Leon Cooper is available for interview. Review copies of his book will be sent upon request. (He has made numerous media appearances. They include the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, discussing the problem of garbage left on Red Beach in Tarawa, where the WWII battle of "Bloody Tarawa" took place in November, 1943. A documentary of his visit there will be released soon.)

For further information visit his Web sites at:
War in the Pacific
Return to Tarawa
90 Day Wonder

Leon Cooper can also be reached:
c/o P.O. Box 6030, Malibu, CA 90265.
Tel (310) 457-2832
Fax: (310) 457-2866

The War in the Pacific--A Retrospective is on sale for $14.95 at all bookstore outlets, including Amazon.

Contact:
Rhonda Rees
(818) 325-2089

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