World War II, Part II – The Pacific Theater


In this ten-week, online course (Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm PST, Feb 6 – Apr 16, 2020) we will:

  1. Read and discuss Ghost Soldiers:The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission (by Hampton Sides). This book tells the story of the actual rescue of over 500 Allied prisoners of war in Japanese held territory in 1945. The book is not only worth reading on its own account, it accurately reflects the broader, horrific issues facing the Americans fighting in the Pacific Theater. This part of WWII was so profoundly different than the European Theater that many military officials and historians consider it to be war unto itself.
  2. Discuss the causes, unique aspects, and results of this part of the greatest war in history, focusing particularly on the involvement of the United States. This war altered the history, culture, and political trajectory of the United States for the rest of the 20thcentury.
  3. Consider historical events, arguments, personalities, and facts from both sides that few people actually know. Why did Japan attack us at Pearl Harbor? Why was Japan allied with the Axis powers? How did the Japanese military and civilian officials vary in their views of the U.S. prior to and during the war? Was dropping the A-bombs the right military and/or moral option?
  4. Examine what biblical principles and applications can and should be part of understanding this war that cost at least 50,000,000 lives, including over 400,000 Americans.
  5. Meet online once-a-week for an hour. The only ‘homework’ will be to read the assigned portion of the book and be ready to plunge into lively discussion.

Participants will enjoy interacting from the comfort of their homes.

Duration: 10 weeks
Price: $250
Instructor: Tom Garfield
Level: Adults

SKU: wwii-live-pacific-2019 Category:

Required Materials

The book, Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission, can be purchased from Amazon.

Note: no class March 12th.

Tom was the superintendent of Logos School in Moscow, Idaho from its opening in 1981 until 2016. He has a BFA degree in Art and Education, and a Masters in Ed Admin, both from the University of Idaho. Tom taught history, art, Bible, and directed drama productions at Logos School for over 35 years. He served as a founding board member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) for 25 years. After retiring from Logos School in 2017, Tom opened Heritage Arts Academy in Moscow, Idaho. In addition, he is the Dean of Academics for Veritas Scholars Academy. He and his wife Julie have four children and eleven grandchildren.

In his spare time he picks up his brushes, and places nature on a canvas. Some of his artwork can be viewed on his blog, TRG Prints.

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