“Nicholas Thomas scoffs at the belief of some scholars that the discovery of, and landings on, islands that were tiny dots in a vast ocean were nothing more than serendipitous accidents tha
“World War I was fought by young men who were often tired, hungry, and scared but showed tremendous acts of bravery and sacrifice. They deserve to be remembered.”
"This story is an adventure on a grand scale directed by powerful institutions but told via the actions of colorful characters"
“the explorer [tells] his own story, combining history, cartography, natural science, and a bit of a modern travelogue . . .”
“an extremely readable overall look at what has been heretofore a mostly unfamiliar, neglected and forgotten phase of World War II.”