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 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.
The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944W. W. Norton & Company #ad - It was the largest, bloodiest, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, most costly, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal. Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War. A new york times bestseller "A beautiful blend of history and prose and proves again Mr.
. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative. Wall street journalthis masterful history encompasses the heart of the pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide, " concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.
The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 #ad - 32 pages of illustrations W w norton Company. Brilliantly researched, shrewd judgment, the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accounts―letters, diaries, and memoirs―that are the raw material of the telling details, debriefings, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history. This volume―continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" San Francisco Chronicle of Pacific Crucible―marks the second installment of the Pacific War Trilogy, which will stand as the first history of the entire Pacific War to be published in at least twenty-five years.
Ian W. Toll's battle scenes―in the air, at sea, and in the jungles―are simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory.
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945Bantam #ad - Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the rise of the United States as a global superpower. Hornfischer is the dean of World War II naval history. In his capable hands, the story races along like an intense thriller. Narrative nonfiction at its finest--a book simply not to be missed. James M. In this tour de force of dramatic storytelling, distilled from extensive research in new primary sources, James D.
Scott, charleston post and courier with its thunderous assault on the Mariana Islands in June 1944, the United States crossed the threshold of total war. Hornfischer brings to life the campaign that was the fulcrum of the drive to compel Tokyo to surrender--and forever changed the art of modern war. Here are the epic seaborne invasions of saipan, tinian and guam; the stunning aerial battles of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot; the first large-scale use of Navy underwater demolition teams; the largest banzai attack of the war; and daring combat operations large and small that made possible the strategic bombing offensive culminating in the atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From the seas of the central pacific to the shores of Japan itself, The Fleet at Flood Tide is a stirring, authoritative, and cinematic portrayal of World War II's world-changing finale. An impressively lucid account. With a close focus on high commanders, and ordinary people, front-line combatants, American and Japanese alike, Hornfischer tells the story of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War as has never been done before.
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 #ad - Winner, 2017 commodore john barry book award, " here is an unprecedented account of the extraordinary World War II air, Navy League of the United States * From the historian who has been acclaimed as "doing for the Navy what popular historian Stephen Ambrose did for the Army, land, and sea campaign that brought the U.
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. NavyW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian. From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government.
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy #ad - W w norton Company. W w norton Company. The founders―particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams―debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships. A fluent, intelligent history.
. Gives the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea. New york times book Review Before the ink was dry on the U. S.
Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at GuadalcanalBantam #ad - Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of "Ironbottom Sound. Here, a time when the war seemed unwinnable and America fought on a shoestring, are the seven major naval actions that began in August 1942, in stunning cinematic detail, with the outcome always in doubt.
Bantam. Hornfischer, a military historian whose flair for narrative is rivaled only by his ability to organize the sweep of battle and assess strategy and tactics in layman's terms. Cleveland plain dealerThe Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory. W w norton Company. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy's sacrifice, James D.
Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal #ad - A masterpiece of 20th-century naval history. Bob shacochis, national book award-winning author of The Immaculate Invasion"The star of this year's reading list is James D. Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America's hour of need.
W w norton Company. The first major work on this subject in almost two decades, Neptune's Inferno does what all great battle narratives do: It tells the gripping human stories behind the momentous events and critical decisions that altered the course of history and shaped so many lives.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation TrilogyHolt Paperbacks #ad - In this first volume of the liberation trilogy, rick atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. Opening with the daring amphibious invasion in november 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algiers, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia.
At the center of the tale are the extraordinary but flawed commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton, Bradley, and Rommel. Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative tells the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy #ad - Holt Paperbacks. W w norton Company. Bantam. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. W w norton Company. Winner of the pulitzer prize and new york times bestseller"a splendid book. The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war.
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest HourBantam Books #ad - Holt Paperbacks. History—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory. Praise for the last stand of the tin can sailors“One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers.
Hornfischer's captivating narrative uses previously classified documents to reconstruct the epic battle and eyewitness accounts to bring the officers and sailors to life. Texas monthly“hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable. This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected.
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour #ad - . In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. A dire survival-at-sea saga. Denver post“in the last stand of the tin can sailors, James Hornfischer drops you right into the middle of this raging battle, with 5-inch guns blazing, torpedoes detonating and Navy fliers dive-bombing.
The overall story of the battle is one of American guts, glory and heroic sacrifice. Omaha world Herald W w norton Company.
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 The Liberation TrilogyPicador #ad - Bantam. With the guns at last light, the stirring #1 new york Times bestseller and final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West. W w norton Company. 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 they fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. W w norton Company. Holt Paperbacks. Picador USA. Action Packed. The brutal fight in normandy, the horrific battle of the bulge, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, 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.
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 The Liberation Trilogy #ad - . History. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all―the titanic battle for Western Europe. D-day marked the commencement of the European war's final campaign, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 The Liberation TrilogyHenry Holt #ad - Bantam. History. Now, in the day of battle, mile by bloody mile, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, fight their way north toward Rome. The decision to invade the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was controversial, but once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered.
W w norton Company. Holt Paperbacks. Picador USA. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable. Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, The Day of Battle is a masterly account of one of history's most compelling military campaigns.
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 The Liberation Trilogy #ad - The battles at salerno, and monte cassino were particularly lethal, Anzio, yet as the months passed, the Rapido River, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. W w norton Company. Henry Holt. Action Packed. New york times bestseller"majestic.
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945W. W. Norton & Company #ad - W w norton Company. Henry Holt. Holt Paperbacks. Picador USA. 32 photographs; 20 maps W w norton Company. Toll, “one of the great storytellers of war” Evan Thomas. Twilight of the gods is a riveting account of the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the U. S. Action Packed. The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W.
Toll’s narratives of combat in the air, but he also takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided. History. Lionel barber of the financial times chose the second volume of the series The Conquering Tide as the preemiment book of 2016, calling it “military history at its best.
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 #ad - Readers who have been waiting for the conclusion of Toll’s masterpiece will be thrilled by this final volume. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; douglas macarthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts.
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The Battle of Midway Pivotal Moments in American HistoryOxford University Press, Usa #ad - Oxford university Press USA. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. There are few moments in american history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War Ii, leading naval historian Craig L.
. Action Packed. W w norton Company. Holt Paperbacks. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, Halsey, including the poker loving Admiral Yamamoto. At dawn of june 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific.
The Battle of Midway Pivotal Moments in American History #ad - Henry Holt. W w norton Company. By sunset, the kido butai, their vaunted carrier force, had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. Bantam. History. Picador USA. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds' account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack attacks which failed in the early going that ultimately created a five minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye blink.