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The mosquito bowl : a game of life and death in World War II  Cover Image Book Book

The mosquito bowl : a game of life and death in World War II / Buzz Bissinger.

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  • ISBN: 0062879928
  • ISBN: 9780062879929
  • Physical Description: xv, 461 pages, 8 pages of plates : map ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-455).
Summary, etc.:
"When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, college football was at the height of its popularity. As the nation geared up for total war, one branch of the service dominated the aspirations of college football stars: the United States Marine Corps. Which is why, on Christmas Eve of 1944, when the 4th and 29th Marine regiments found themselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean training for what would be the bloodiest battle of the war - the invasion of Okinawa--their ranks included one of the greatest pools of football talent ever assembled: Former All Americans, captains from Wisconsin and Brown and Notre Dame, and nearly twenty men who were either drafted or would ultimately play in the NFL. When the trash-talking between the 4th and 29th over who had the better football team reached a fever pitch, it was decided: The two regiments would play each other in a football game as close to the real thing as you could get in the dirt and coral of Guadalcanal. The bruising and bloody game that followed became known as "The Mosquito Bowl." Within a matter of months, 15 of the 65 players in "The Mosquito Bowl" would be killed at Okinawa, by far the largest number of American athletes ever to die in a single battle. The Mosquito Bowl is the story of these brave and beautiful young men, those who survived and those who did not. It is the story of the families and the landscape that shaped them. It is a story of a far more innocent time in both college athletics and the life of the country, and of the loss of that innocence. Writing with the style and rigor that won him a Pulitzer Prize and have made several of his books modern classics, Buzz Bissinger takes us from the playing fields of America's campuses where boys played at being Marines, to the final time they were allowed to still be boys on that field of dirt and coral, to the darkest and deadliest days that followed at Okinawa." --publisher's website.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Solomon Islands > Guadalcanal.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Japan > Okinawa Island.
Football > United States > History.
Football players > United States > Biography.
United States. Marine Corps > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.
Informational works.

Available copies

  • 20 of 40 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 9 current holds with 40 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Beacon Falls Public Library 940.54 BIS (Text) 33120152845142 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Beardsley & Memorial Library - Winsted 940.54 BISSING (Text) 33750000082581 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Bethel Public Library 940.5426 BIS (Text) 34030147223314 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Booth & Dimock Library - Coventry ANF 940.542 BIS (Text) 33260000577230 Adult New Checked out 12/27/2022
Brookfield Library 796.332/BISSINGER (Text) 34029150698453 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown 940.5426 BIS (Text) 34014150709328 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
David M. Hunt Library - Falls Village 940.54 Bis (Text) 33180148088884 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Deep River Public Library 796.332 Biss (Text) 36039001230990 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Derby Neck Library 940.54 BIS (Text) 34046154580552 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 12/12/2022
Douglas Library - North Canaan 940.54 BIS (Text) 33490150674640 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 12/12/2022
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