C. Vann Woodward was an eminent historian and author of seven major books. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and was a professor at both Johns Hopkins and Yale.
The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battleby C. Vann Woodward, Evan Thomas (Introduction)
Pulitzer-Prize-winner and bestselling author C. Vann Woodward recreates the gripping account of the battle for Leyte Gulf—the greatest naval battle of World War II and the largest engagement ever fought on the high seas. For the Japanese, it represented their supreme effort; they committed to action virtually every operational fighting ship on the lists of
Pulitzer-Prize-winner and bestselling author C. Vann Woodward recreates the gripping account of the battle for Leyte Gulf—the greatest naval battle of World War II and the largest engagement ever fought on the high seas. For the Japanese, it represented their supreme effort; they committed to action virtually every operational fighting ship on the lists of the Imperial Navy, including two powerful new battleships of the Yamato class. It also ended in their greatest defeat—and a tremendous victory for the United States Navy. Features a new introduction by Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder.
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I have long been a history person, but having read the Battle for Leyte Gulf I've come to realize I have only been a surface historian. C. Vann Woodward very clearly, and I must say graphically, paints a picture of the hardships, trauma and devastation experienced not only by the U.S. Navy, but by the Imperial Japanese Naval forces as well. Captivating.
this was a very well written book telling about this epic battle at sea. the japanese knew where the americans were and they felt that they could put a crippling blow on the american naval forces. the janpanese split there forces hoping to catch the americans off guard. part of the american forces had withdrawn to try to pull the japanese forces away from the phillipines. in the southern part of leyte gulf the japs caught the americans and in this battle had to withdraw due to losses. the force that came from the north had the americans outnumbered and a capt on a small destroyer decided to attack the japs and this lead tp tje loss of a number a ships on both sides. when the main american force arrived the battle ensued and the japs were thoroughly defeated. this was the last great naval battle of the war. the author puts a touching light on the men who were involved in this great battle.
This is a great account of one of the greatest sea battles of WWII. Everyone should read this book who is interested in what a few fighing men can do against incredible odds. A true turning point in the war.
As a WWII buff, I thought this would be an interesting read. Expected it to be more of a movie in book form. This is not that by any stretch of the imagination. I would not recommend this to anyone other than maybe someone doing a doctoral thesis on the battle.