Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Vol. 1)  (Pacific War Trilogy)
Score: 4
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Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Vol. 1) (Pacific War Trilogy)


  • Author: Ian W. Toll
  • Release Date : 2011-11-14
  • Genre: Military
  • File Size: 14171859 Bytes


Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction "Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco ChronicleOn 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 of...

Pacific Crucible  War at Sea in the Pacific  1941 1942  Vol  1
Score: 4.5
From 16 Ratings

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 :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393083170


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 o...

Pacific Crucible  War at Sea in the Pacific  1941 1942
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 :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393068139


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
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

The Conquering Tide


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


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
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

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 :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393330328


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
Score: 4.5
From 29 Ratings

The Guns at Last Light


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


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 narr...

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

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 :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781324002116


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 ...

The Fleet at Flood Tide
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

The Fleet at Flood Tide


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


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 ...

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors


  • Author : James D. Hornfischer
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2008-11-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307487308


The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors Book Description :

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.” With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history. In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portr...

Islands of Destiny
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Islands of Destiny


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


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-battleshi...

The Day of Battle
Score: 4
From 27 Ratings

The Day of Battle


  • Author : Rick Atkinson
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2007-10-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429920100


The Day of Battle Book Description :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy In An Army at Dawn—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome. The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was eve...