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The crew began abandoning ship. Motor torpedo boats were joining the Japanese destroyers in raking the Houston’ s decks with machine-gun fire. Some of the Houston’ s gunners refused to leave their posts until their ammunition was exhausted and dealt punishing blows to the boats with their .50cal machine guns. It was a last gesture of defiance. Officers and crewmen streamed over the sides.
Walter Winslow shook hands one last time with Captain Rooks, then climbed down a ladder to the deck below –just in time to see a hit where he had been standing with the skipper. Rooks was hit by shrapnel in the head and upper torso. The captain staggered and fell, covered in blood, some 10ft away from Ensign Charles D. Smith. The ensign injected Albert Rooks with two tubes of morphine. “He died within a minute,” Smith would later write.
Sometime later, Captain Rooks’ cook, Ah Fong, who had come with the Houston from Shanghai, was seen cradling the skipper’s lifeless form in his arms. His voice trembling with emotion, the cook, known to the crew as “Buda,” repeated over and over again, “Captain die, Houston die, Buda die, too.”
—  Rising Sun, Falling Skies, by Jeffrey R. Cox
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Historical Bibliography: America Does Stuff Too, and Books Which Span Multiple Categories

Intro/Methodology  •  Bronze Age Collapse-Roman Period    Byzantine Empire and the Rise of Islam and Caliphate Rule    Crusades, Medieval European Jewish History, and Sephardic Jewish History    Ottoman Empire  •  Early Modern and Modern European Jewish History    World War I, French Involvement, and the British Mandate in Palestine  • Holocaust History  •  History of Zionism    Post-1948    Middle Eastern and North African Jewish History    Arab Nationalism and the Modern Middle East    Historiography, Narratives, Memory, and Theory

America Does Stuff Too

Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945 (Issues in the History of American Foreign Relations) by Peter L. Hahn

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren

Books Which Span Multiple Categories

The Jews in Their Land in the Talmudic Age: 70-640 C.E by Gedaliah Alon

The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 (Themes in Islamic History) by Jonathan P. Berkey

Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages by Mark R. Cohen

Israel / Palestine by Alan Dowty

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War by James L. Gelvin

The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, Third Edition by Gregory Harms

Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times (Scripta Judaica, 3) by Jacob Katz

The Palestinian People: A History by Baruch Kimmerling

A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel by Gudrun Kramer

The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict, 7th Edition by Walter Laqueur

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History by David W. Lesch

A Brief History of Ancient Israel by Victor H. Matthews

Jews and the Military: A History by Derek Penslar

The History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World: The Jews of Palestine from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest by Peter Schäfer

The Ancient Jews from Alexander to Muhammad (Key Themes in Ancient History) by Seth Schwartz

Israel: A History (The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies) by Anita Shapira

Palestine in Late Antiquity by Hagith Sivan

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History with Documents by Charles D. Smith

The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam (Bampton Lectures in America) by Jonathan Riley-Smith

Europe and the Islamic World: A History by John Tolan

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