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Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    some slight sloppy research

    picky,picky,picky but no excuse to have misspelled USMC General A.A. Vandegrift's name, although more than one who should know better has done the same by adding an 'r' to his name. As to the book, a sort of birds eye view of a complex battle with poor to non existent communications between task forces and commands. Looking from above it all, the blunders and miscalculations combine to reveal how capricious the 'fog of war' can be. I liked how the author put a human face on each character, featuring the Japanese players as well as the Americans. He provides a broader perspective on Admiral Halsey than we get from several other sources, as well as insights into the almost incomprehensible complex minds of the Japanese.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Pulitzer Maybe?

    Of course everyone interested in history has read about Leyte Gulf. But this book is a new take on this battle and the events surrounding it. The interesting part of course is the whole approach to this, particularly the study of the Japanese Admirals. Rivers of ink have been spilled on Bull Halsey. But it was interesting, among other vignettes, to read about his adventure of getting his pilot wings at Pensacola. So he refused to wear glasses, could not see the instrument panel, and never knew how high or where he was flying to.That must have overjoyed his PI (pilot instructor for those readers who never took military flight training). The mask like Japanese admiral who was totally wiped out by the early death of his wife was particularly illuminating as was the general description of the humanity of the Japanese under the total mask of emotional control.The huge psychological reaction by the Japanese Naval leadership to Doolitle's Tokyo raid was illuminating. The information given on the Naval Academy at Eta Jima was interesting. I was surprised by the description of the brutal beatings of freshmen cadets (twelve blows with a closed fist to the face at any perceived lack of respect) which rendered them 'sheepishly obedient' and carried this over into their service as officers. Fatal training flaw when compared to the German Army Auftragsbefehl (task oriented orders fostering individual initiative in officers) This book is a worthy successor to Evan Thomas' book on John Paul Jones which I recently had the pleasure of reading. Two Pulitzers anyone?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Excellent read. Enjoyed the prospection from both sides of the battle and the strategy/mindset of both leaders.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Not the best

    A little draggy. I had moments of bordem reading this book. Read "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" instead.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    Sea of Thunder

    A fascinating look at the tumultuous rigors of command in the Pacific during WWII. Thomas does a wonderful job taking the reader into the heart of decisions commanders face under stress. A unique look into the pride and prejudices of both American and Japanese commanders. Each of the 4 major naval commanders are exposed for the reader to judge. I particularly enjoyed how Thomas brings all 4 commanders to the same moment in history at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. A must read for anyone interested in the Pacific War.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    this is a great read for anyone interesting in the Pacific campaign of WW11. It is easy reading, compelling, & tells the tale of the the battle of Leyte Gulf from both sides. If you are a huge fan of Admiral Hulsey, be prepared for some hard tr

    I am an avid fan of WW II, especially the European theater but I love the sea battles. Midway & Leyte Gulf. Sea of thunder is the best I have read. YOu know the ending but it is still exctiing to read. I loved the in depth character analysis of the individuals & the differences between the americans & the Japanese.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    MOST INSIGHT FILLED Book on the Pacific Theater Book I've Read

    This book was probably the most in-depth World War II book I have ever read. Not just a recitation of history. But the thoughts of both US & Japanese particpants. And I have read VERY many WW II books. This book gives you background on the bi-lateral racism and hatred pervasive in the 1940's. You can see why the US born Japanese citizens were imprisoned without a second thought by our government. While white German-Americans were free to raom the US. This book gives you their thoughts. And surprising and previously unheard of trepedations of Japanese naval officers. That seemed all too eager to knowingly engage their own men in obvious losing slaughters just for the glory of the emporor. A VERY GOOD revelation of personal feelings and thoughts of these naval officers on both sides of the Pacific war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    Author Evan Thomas of Newsweak!

    Great promise! Poor delivery. Thomas, according to the blurb I read, offers the idea of four first hand accounts, dramatically told, within the context of an overview. We don't get it. In plenty we don't get it. Somebody looking for a buck took a look at the market and wrote this. Nothing new. Written by committee. Not only is concept not what it says it is to be, but style and POV inconsistent. Ho-hum. Look for a new title from Mr. Thomas soon. He's obviously grinding them out ASAP.

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