Richard B. Frank

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Richard B. Frank (born November 11, 1947 in Kansas) is an American lawyer and military historian.[1]

Frank graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969, after which he served four years in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he served a tour of duty as a platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division. In 1976, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center.[1]


Frank has written several books and articles on the Pacific campaign of World War II and Southeast Asia:

  • Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle (1990)[2]—Won the General Wallace M. Greene Award from the U.S. Marine Corps[3]
  • Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (1999). ISBN 9780141001463.
  • MacArthur (2007). ISBN 9781403976581.
  • "No Bomb, No End", in What If? 2 (2001).
  • "Why Truman Dropped the Bomb", The Weekly Standard (August 8, 2005): p. 20.
  • "George Polk's Real World War II Record", The Weekly Standard (February 26, 2007)
  • Frank, Richard B. (2020). Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, July 1937–May 1942 (First ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9781324002109.[4]


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