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The Battle of Midway

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended

This is probably the best single book about this battle, and the author's writing style made it a highly enjoyable read.

posted by PathfinderPM on December 20, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Why a new book on Midway?

I notice in the blurb Admiral Fletcher is not mentioned even tho he was the officer in command of the two task forces. John Lundstrom's recent book on Rear Adm Frank Jack Fletcher, "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral"; Walter Lord's "Incredible Victory"; "Fletcher,Task Force C...
I notice in the blurb Admiral Fletcher is not mentioned even tho he was the officer in command of the two task forces. John Lundstrom's recent book on Rear Adm Frank Jack Fletcher, "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral"; Walter Lord's "Incredible Victory"; "Fletcher,Task Force Commander" by James L. Bauer; Gordon Prange's "Miracle at Midway" all seem to cover the subject.
I cannot buy, sight unseen, another Midway book, unless some new information, not repeated stories, is added.
The key to the story is Commander Rochfort's code breaking, Nimitz's decision to gamble his three carriers, the bravery and inititive of the flyers and Admiral Fletcher's key role as commander on June 4th, in which Enterprise sunk 2 carriers, Yorktown, one, and most important Fletcher had the foresight to search for the 4th carrier which he relayed to Spruance even after Yorktown was sinking. Yorktown and Enterprise dive bombers both hit the 4th carrier at the same time. Without Fletcher's search, the last carrier, unknown to Spruance, might have struck Enerprise or Hornet by air or submarine knowing now there was more than one American carrier in the battle. If Spruance is shown as the victor at Midway, it would be a gross inaccuratcy. I am assigning a rating because I must, but I don't know enough about this book to do so, it might be worth more.

posted by 9621138 on December 12, 2011

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