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THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II – AMAZON MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION IN HARDBOUND EDITION 

JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING – only $14.99 – a nearly 50% reduction from list price.   Available ONLY on Amazon while supplies last from the second edition.  Get the book praised as “extraordinary,” “revealing,” “a page-turner,” and “the best book I have read on World War II.”  –This from a London Blitz survivor.

Excerpts from the 22 May 2020 review of THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II by MILITARY REVIEW, “the professional journal of the U.S.Army,” published by Army University Press.   “The author sets the table with a very good introduction and prologue…(He) does a very good job of putting the reader in the setting…the book is very well-written…the author discusses many topics that are not well known to most Americans.  I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in military history… it  definitely fuels the desire to research those locations and events more thoroughly.” 

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DESTROYER VETERANS/TIN CAN SAILOR                        “Overall rating four of four stars: Highly recommended”                                                                “It is seldom that a book on history excites readers other than those of us who are historians…it is both a pleasure to read and a wealth of things you will be happy to have learned.  It is a book you will want to read.”  By Terry Miller, Executive Director.                                                                                                                                                                                                       CONTACT THE AUTHOR USING THE FORM FOR BOOK READINGS AT YOUR LOCALE 

JEROME O’CONNOR NAMED THE US NAVAL INSTITUTE “AUTHOR OF THE YEAR”
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  twenty-two chapter, 340-page, lavishly illustrated with original photos, THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II.

Published for the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in 2020, various chapters honor those who  preserved freedom in its darkest hour to bring readers to the same places where the epic events happened, but which were overlooked in scores of thousands of books about the war.  The result of decades of research originating at the actual locations, includes first-person interviews and numerous never-seen photos at the same sites.

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

Group tours are available for 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