War Of Our Fathers, a photographic chronicle of the Pacific battlefields of World War II, was conceived by Richard Marin in the early 1980's.
A more complete description of the origins of this project can be found in Richard's author's note which can be accessed here, or from any other page on this site. In addition, a 20 minute National Public Radio interview with Richard can be streamed:
Listen to the WBEZ Chicago NPR interview with Victoria Lautman
Richard traveled in the Pacific for six months during 1990 shooting in the Philippines, New Guinea, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, New Britain, Truk Lagoon, Saipan, Peleliu, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Tinian.
In addition to battlefield images, each of War Of Our Fathers twelve chapters includes a portrait of an American veteran of the battle, notably including General Jimmy Doolittle and General Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay.
War Of Our Fathers includes a foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose, and an afterword by Senator John McCain. The Barnett Group provided overall design supervision.
War Of Our Fathers was first published in 1991, with its text translated into Japanese, by TBS-Britannica, of Tokyo, Japan.
The first English language edition was published by Barnes & Noble in November 1999. Barnes & Noble generously donated copies of War Of Our Fathers to the Veterans Administration and the USO for each of their libraries.
The first edition sold out, as did a second edition. War Of Our Fathers is presently out of print.
If you would like to view War Of Our Fathers photographs, read the foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose, the afterword by Senator John McCain, or the introductory narrative, you are welcome to do so here, or from any other page on this site.
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