Pacific Crucible  War at Sea in the Pacific  1941 1942  Vol  1  Book
Score: 4.5
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Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942 Vol 1


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2011-11-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393083170

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Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942 Vol 1 Book Description :

Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction "Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco Chronicle On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss, a blow that destroyed the offensive power of their fleet. Pacific Crucible—through a dramatic narrative relying predominantly on primary sources and eyewitness accounts of heroism and sacrifice from both navies—tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history to seize the strategic initiative.

Pacific Crucible  War at Sea in the Pacific  1941 1942 Book
Score: 4.5
From 16 Ratings

Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 597
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393068139

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Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific 1941 1942 Book Description :

Draws on eyewitness accounts and primary sources to describe the first months of World War II in the Pacific, after the U.S. Navy suffered the worst defeat in its history at Pearl Harbor.

The Conquering Tide Book
Score: 4
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The Conquering Tide


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Release Date : 2015-09-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 0393080641

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The Conquering Tide Book Description :

The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire, island by island.

Six Frigates  The Epic History of the Founding of the U S  Navy Book
Score: 4
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Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy


  • Author : Ian W. Toll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-03-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393330328

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Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy Book Description :

Describes the origins and early history of the American Navy, discussing the debates by the founding fathers over the need for a permanent military, the decision to construct six heavy frigates, the campaign against Tripoli, and the war of 1812, including the confrontation between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere that raised the U.S. to a global power. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

The Guns at Last Light Book
Score: 4.5
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The Guns at Last Light


  • Author : Rick Atkinson
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2013-05-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 896
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429943673

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The Guns at Last Light Book Description :

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory. With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson's accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West. One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

Tower of Skulls  A History of the Asia Pacific War  Volume I  July 1937 May 1942 Book

Tower of Skulls A History of the Asia Pacific War Volume I July 1937 May 1942


  • Author : Richard B. Frank
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-03-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 768
  • ISBN 10 : 9781324002116

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Tower of Skulls A History of the Asia Pacific War Volume I July 1937 May 1942 Book Description :

An eye-opening, pathbreaking account of the onset of the Asia-Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal. In 1937, the swath of the globe east from India to the Pacific Ocean enclosed half the world’s population, all save a fraction enduring under some form of colonialism. Japan’s onslaught into China that year unleashed a tidal wave of events that fundamentally transformed this region and killed about twenty-five million people. From just two nation states with real sovereignty, Thailand and Japan, and two with compromised sovereignty, China and Mongolia, the region today encompasses at least nineteen major sovereign nations. This extraordinary World War II narrative vividly describes in exquisite detail the battles across this entire region and links those struggles on many levels with their profound twenty-first-century legacies. Beginning with China’s long-neglected years of heroic, costly resistance, Tower of Skulls explodes outward to campaigns including Singapore, the Philippines, the Netherlands East Indies, India, and Burma, as well as across the Pacific to Pearl Harbor. These pages cast penetrating light on how struggles in Europe and Asia merged into a tightly entwined global war. They feature not just battles, but also the sweeping political, economic, and social effects of the war, and are graced with a rich tapestry of individual characters from top-tier political and military figures down to ordinary servicemen, as well as the accounts of civilians of all races and ages. In this first volume of a trilogy, award-winning historian Richard B. Frank draws on rich archival research and recently discovered documentary evidence to tell an epic story that gave birth to the world we live in now.

Shattered Sword Book
Score: 5
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Shattered Sword


  • Author : Jonathan Parshall
  • Publisher : Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2011-03-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9781597973090

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Shattered Sword Book Description :

Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange s bestselling "Miracle at Midway," Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, "Shattered Sword" makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida s "Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan," an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy s doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading WWII naval historian John Lundstrom, "Shattered Sword" will become an indispensable part of any military buff s library. Winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and cited by "Proceedings" as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005."

The Rise of Germany  1939   1941 Book

The Rise of Germany 1939 1941


  • Author : James Holland
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-10-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802190901

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The Rise of Germany 1939 1941 Book Description :

An account of the early years of World War II based on extensive new research: “A genuinely fresh approach . . . exceptional” (The Wall Street Journal). James Holland, one of the leading young historians of World War II, has spent over a decade conducting new research, interviewing survivors, and exploring archives that have never before been so accessible to unearth forgotten memoirs, letters, and official records. In The Rise of Germany 1938–1941, Holland draws on this research to reconsider the strategy, tactics, and economic, political, and social aspects of the war. The Rise of Germany is a masterful book that redefines our understanding of the opening years of World War II. Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in the middle of 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, this book is a landmark history of the war on land, in the air, and at sea. “Magnificent.” —Andrew Roberts, New York Times–bestselling author of The Storm of War

Islands of Destiny Book
Score: 4
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Islands of Destiny


  • Author : John Prados
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-10-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101601952

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Islands of Destiny Book Description :

The Battle of Midway is traditionally held as the point when Allied forces gained advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, acclaimed historian and military intelligence expert John Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted. Taking this surprising fact as the start of his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific tide turned in the Allies’ favor. Using archives of WWII intelligence reports from both sides, Prados offers up a compelling reassessment of the true turning in the Pacific: not Midway, but the fight for the Solomon Islands. Combat in the Solomons saw a series of surface naval battles, including one of the key battleship-versus-battleship actions of the war; two major carrier actions; daily air duels, including the aerial ambush in which perished the famous Japanese naval commander Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku; and many other hair-raising exploits. Commencing with the Allied invasion of Guadalcanal, Prados shows how and why the Allies beat Japan on the sea, in the air, and in the jungles.

The Fleet at Flood Tide Book
Score: 3.5
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The Fleet at Flood Tide


  • Author : James D. Hornfischer
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2017-11-14
  • Genre: World War, 1939-1945
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345548726

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The Fleet at Flood Tide Book Description :

Here is the extraordinary story of the most consequential campaign of the Pacific War- the U.S. Fifth Fleet's seizure of the Marianas, a relentless deployment of overwhelming force on air, land, and sea that opened the path to total victory over Japan and established a new state of the art in warfare- the first use of the forerunners of today's SEALs; the emergence of massive cross-hemispheric expeditionary operations; the flowering of American naval aviation and carrier power; and the secret training of Marianas-based air crews who would first unleash nuclear fire. From the epic seaborne invasion of Saipan, to the stunning aerial battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the grinding combat ashore and the devastating bombing campaign that culminated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas were the fulcrum of the Pacific, a kaleidoscope of valor, drama, and tragedy.Story Locale-The Marianas, Central Pacific, 1944