After 18 months – still in stock on Amazon. As a vote of confidence by publisher Lyons Press, a quality paperback will be released February 1, 2022, but no reason to wait.
5 JULY 2021 UPDATE – As an appreciation to the many thousands who visit this site annually, the author will soon post a chapter portion and commentary, along with never-seen photos of the intact mansion in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee. This is the little-known but open to visitors locale where, over casual lunch overlooking the lake, the decision was made to liquidate the Jews of Europe and other “undesirables.”
A London Blitz survivor: “ The best book I have ever read about the Second World War.” An Amazon book reviewer: “I wanted to put it down but couldn’t.” Others said: “extraordinary,” “revealing,” “a page-turner.“ The deeply researched first book from decades-long investigative journalist, Jerome M. O’Connor, U.S. Naval Institute “Author of the Year” and U.S. Navy destroyer vet.
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 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 to Chicago locales described. Complete the contact form for information and availability.