VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University History Professor Marc Gallicchio, PhD, has been named as one of three winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for his book, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. The book is co-authored by Waldo Heinrichs, PhD, professor emeritus at San Diego State University.
Implacable Foes covers a crucial period beginning in early 1944, as American forces began to shift from containment of Japanese advance to a sustained offensive. The two award-winning historians deliver a detailed account of a grueling campaign of bloody attrition against an enemy determined to fight to the last man. Gallicchio and Heinrichs, a World War II veteran, chronicle the final months of America’s war with Japan and the critical decisions of well-known politicians, military leaders and ordinary citizens.
“Working on this book with my mentor and friend, Waldo Heinrichs, has been the highlight of my scholarly career,” said Gallicchio. “I am especially grateful for the support I received from Villanova University while I was working on this project. Implacable Foes was a long time in the making but we were convinced that the time was right for a comprehensive reexamination of the final stages of the war with Japan. We are thrilled that the members of the Bancroft Committee awarded Implacable Foes one this year’s prizes and we are honored to have it added to the distinguished list of previous winners.”