March 18, 2021
The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II is the national bestseller by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik. Featured on 60 Minutes, The Storm on Our Shores is the heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan.
MEET THE SPEAKER: Mark Obmascik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author. His first nonfiction book, The Big Year, was turned into a Hollywood movie. His second, Halfway to Heaven, was winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature. His third, The Storm on Our Shores, was a national bestseller and featured on 60 Minutes. He was winner of the National Press Club Award for Environmental Journalism, and lead writer for the Denver Post team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. He was born in Chicago, raised in Bolingbrook, and a graduate of Benet Academy in Lisle and Northwestern University in Evanston. As a child, he climbed on the tanks at Cantigny during school field trips. He and his wife live in Denver. They have three sons.