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ANNOUNCING: THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II”.  THE 360-PAGE HARD-BOUND BOOK WITH NUMEROUS ORIGINAL PHOTOS WENT INTO A SECOND PRINTING IN JUNE 2019. Available on Amazon in hard-back and Kindle.

SPECIAL : The author will be a featured speaker on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the National Reunion of Destroyer Veterans in Jacksonville FL at the Doubletree Waterfront Hotel. The hotel is sold-out but space is available at the Omni Hotel and other nearby hotels. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR USING THE CONTACT FORM FOR READINGS FROM THE BOOK AT YOUR LOCALE 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Since 1965, award-winning, internationally published features describing the vital but overlooked people, places, and significant events of the 20th Century.  Enter the same history-changing locales as they appeared then and as they are now.

Every locale is personally visited, extensively researched, and fully documented with photos from the era contrasted with present-day images.  These include prior world exclusives that were the first to reveal Winston Churchill’s wartime Cabinet War Rooms, Bletchley Park, where the German Enigma cypher was broken, and Trent Park, the London mansion where the casual conversations of 59 Nazi generals were secretly recorded.  Disclosures from recordings made from the hidden microphones located throughout the vast estate, were translated into English, evaluated, and then sent to Allied commands.  Visit the same indestructible U-Boat bases in France, appearing almost as they were when surviving hundreds of USAAF and RAF bombing.  Learn how the intricately designed  seven-layered roofs prevented penetrating damage.  Other locales connecting WW II with the present are part of O’Connor’s 22-chapter book THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II.

As the 75th anniversary of the end of the war approaches, major parts of the book honors those who  preserved freedom in its darkest hour and brings readers to the same places where history-changing events took place, but which were ignored or never-known by other historians.  The 360 – page hard-cover book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble web sites, and at bookstores.

The author, a Chicago-based educator and dynamic program presenter, is available for 60-90 minute image-based presentations about the original features appearing on this site.  In 2001, Jerome O’Connor was named the U. S. Naval Institute’s Author of the Year “for his significant literary contributions to the history of WW II”.

Group tours are available for the Chicago locales described. Complete the contact form for information and availability.

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"THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II" CONTENTS SUMMARYAIR FORCE PILOT, HERO AND MOVIE STAR - JIMMY STEWART AND THE NEED TO FLYLAUNCHING THE INVASION - SOUTHWICK HOUSE AND D-DAY - FIRST LOOK AT THE BOOK"THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II" PUBLISHED. ORDER ON AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLEBOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS - THE GRAND PLAN FOR THE MIDWAY AFTER THE 1893 CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIRTHE I & M CANAL AND THE ORIGINS OF CHICAGOLOUIS SULLIVAN AND THE ART OF ARCHITECTUREBLETCHLEY PARK, ALAN TURING AND ENIGMA - UPDATE AND NEW DETAILSWORLD WAR ONE REVISITED - CLASSES IN CHICAGO AREA NOWFORMER B-29 ENGINE FACTORY TOUR NOW AVAILABLEARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY - HOW THE HOME FRONT MOBILIZED TO DEFEAT THE AXISMOTOR ROW MEMORIES - THE ONLY AREA IN CHICAGO TO BUY A CAR AT THE DAWN OF THE AUTOMOBILE ERATRENT PARK TATTLETALES - THE LONDON MANSION WHERE 63 NAZI GENERALS LIVED IN LUXURYINSIDE FRANK GEHRY'S BEDOUIN TENT - THE PREMIER ARCHITECT OF THE DIGITAL AGEWESTERN APPROACHES COMMAND - LIVERPOOL'S UNKNOWN UNDERGROUND COMPLEX THAT CONTROLLED WARTIME CONVOYSCHURCHILL'S CABINET WAR ROOMS - WORLD EXCLUSIVE REVEALED IN 1978U BOAT SANCTUARY - INSIDE THE INDESTRUCTIBLE U BOAT BASES IN BRITTANYFDR'S SECRET MISSION TO SINGAPORE - THE US NAVY NEARED COMBAT WEEKS BEFORE PEARL HARBORSOUTHWICK HOUSE - WHERE IKE LAUNCHED THE D-DAY INVASION - THEN AND NOWUNDECLARED WAR - HOW FDR VIOLATED THE NEUTRALITY ACT TO SAVE BRITAIN FROM DEFEATBLETCHLEY PARK AND ALAN TURING - BRITAIN'S MOST IMPORTANT WARTIME SECRETFATEFUL ORDERS - HOW 3 US OCEAN LINERS CARRIED 20,000 BRITISH TROOPS TO WARGHOST SHIPS - THE UNKNOWN PRE-WAR US NAVY GLOBE-CIRCLING VOYAGETop-Secret ULTRAAlan Turing - EnigmaChurchill Cabinet War Rooms