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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James McCaffrey  

Pen Name: James M. McCaffrey


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Springfield, Illinois

-- James McCaffrey on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

McCaffrey was born in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

James McCafrfey is a retired Professor of History at the University of Houston-Downtown where he specialized in American military topics. Along with the books listed, he also edited the books, ''Surrounded by Dangers of all Kinds: The Mexican War Letters of Lieutenant Theodore Laidley'' and ''Only a Private: A Texan Remembers the Civil War : The Memoirs of William J. Oliphant.''

Published Works

  • This Band of Heroes, Granbury`s Texas Brigade, Eakin Publications, 1985
  • Army of Manifest Destiny, The American Soldier in the Mexican War 1846-1848 , New York University Press, 1992 - written with John F. Kinney
  • Wake Island Pilot, A World War II Memoir, Brassey`s, 1995 - written with John F. Kinney
  • Only a Private: A Texan Remembers the Civil War : The Memoirs of William J. Oliphant, Halcyon Press Ltd, 2004
  • The Army in Transformation, 1790-1860, Greenwood, 2006
  • Inside the Spanish-American War: A History Based on First-Person Accounts, McFarland, 2009
  • Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War against Nazi Germany, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

This band of heroes :
ISBN: 089096727X. OCLC Number:

Texas A & M University Press,. College Station :. 1996.

Army of Manifest Destiny :
ISBN: 0814755054. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. 1992.

Wake Island pilot :
ISBN: 157488736X. OCLC Number:

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"Within hours of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese struck the small U.S. garrison on Wake Island. As his squadron's engineering office, Marine pilot John F. Kinney oversaw the repair of damaged planes when he himself was not in the air fighting off the Japanese assault. After the Americans held out for an incredible two weeks, Kinney was captured by the Japanese but eventually escaped in China. Wake Island Pilot is the memoir of a remarkable hero of one of World War II's epic struggles."--Page [4] cover.

Only a private :
ISBN: 1931823081. OCLC Number:

Halcyon Press,. Houston :. ©2004.

The Army in transformation, 1790-1860 /
ISBN: 0313331723. OCLC Number:

Greenwood Press,. Westport, Conn. :. 2006.

Draws on letters, diaries, and journals to recount the experiences of American soldiers from 1790 to 1860, discussing how their experiences differed and what changes the military went through during that time.

Inside the Spanish-American War :
ISBN: 078644150X. OCLC Number:

McFarland & Co.,. Jefferson, N.C. :. ©2009.

"This is the story of the Spanish-American War, told from the perspective of the soldiers, sailors and marines in the field and the reporters who covered their efforts. Concentration on the daily lives of these people provides insight into the often overlooked facets of a soldier's life"--Provided by publisher.

ISBN: 0806159413. OCLC Number:

UNIV OF OKLAHOMA PRESS,. [S.l.] :. 2017.



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