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S&T historian earns National Endowment for the Humanities grant

Dr. John C. McManus, Curators’ Professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has earned a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support McManus’ research for a new two-volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and Asian theater during World War II. The NEH announced the award Tuesday, July 28.

An internationally recognized authority on U.S. military history, McManus is the author of 12 books on the subject. His next book, “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945” is scheduled for release on Thursday, Oct. 15, by Johns Hopkins University Press.

NEH Public Scholar awards encourage the publication of nonfiction books that apply humanities scholarship to subjects of general interest and appeal. Books supported through this program can present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject or examine the latest thinking on a topic.

McManus anticipates that the two volumes will be published in 2018 and 2020. They will be published by New American Library, a division of Penguin Books. These will be the first books by McManus focused entirely on the Pacific Theater of World War II. He has written extensively on the American experience in the European Theater during the war.