by Ian W Toll Book  |  1st ed
A Crucial History About the Pacific War at Sea, 1941-1942   (2012-03-26)
As a history buff, I have read numerous histories about the early naval battles in the Pacific such as Pearl Harbour and Midway, but I have never read such a well-written, concise, history of this crucial period. Ian W. Toll has expanded my view and opened my eyes of these naval battles by writing interesting highly informative sketches of all the major participants and explaining the politics, economic and military capabilities of the protagonists. Admiral Yamamoto's reputation as a brilliant naval tactician has been shown to be overexaggerated. Most of the ships sunk at Pearl Harbor were able to be refloated and repaired and the loss of life was much less, than if the slow-moving battleships had been sunk at sea.
One of my favorite lines in the book was about Admirial King, in which one of his daughters called him "the most even-tempered man in the Navy. He is always in a rage." (I once had a boss who was like that!) The maps are well- drawn and not cluttered with a lot of detail.
Although the academic historian would probably have a lot of issues with the book, as an well-read intelligent layperson, I enoyed the book greatly and would recommend it highly!
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