D-Days in the Pacific

D-Days in the Pacific

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by Donald L. Miller
     
 

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Although most people associate the term D-Day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-Days. The largest—and last—was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion

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Although most people associate the term D-Day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-Days. The largest—and last—was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion fleet ever assembled, far larger than that engaged in the Normandy invasion.

D-Days in the Pacific tells the epic story of the campaign waged by American forces to win back the Pacific islands from Japan. Based on eyewitness accounts by the combatants, it covers the entire Pacific struggle from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Pacific war was largely a seaborne offensive fought over immense distances. Many of the amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands were among the most savagely fought battles in American history: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, New Guinea, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa.

Generously illustrated with photographs and maps, D-Days in the Pacific is the finest one-volume account of this titanic struggle.

Editorial Reviews

Kenneth M. Pollack
Every book written about the Pacific campaign must struggle with the shadow of the mushroom clouds that loom at its end. Unlike many others, D-Days in the Pacific succeeds in making that ending a part of the entire narrative, so that when it finally arrives, its entrance is not just understandable but inevitable and obvious -- as inevitable and obvious as the decision to employ the atomic bombs seemed to President Truman.
— The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743269292
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/22/2005
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
381,797
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine books, including City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, and Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. Visit DonaldMillerBooks.com.

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D-Days in the Pacific 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
War-buff More than 1 year ago
This book is very enlightening. I had no idea there was this many D-Day landings in the Pacific. It has a good mixture of old accounts as well as many "new" accounts of the happenings on the beaches. Also we get the feelings of the men who were there, not just factual statistics. It is well written and gives you the feeling of being there with the combatants. It is important that we know what really happened on those lonely islands and of the sacrifices of these young (in many cases very young) men during this long and terrible war.
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NightRead549 More than 1 year ago
Recommend you read this book first before you try detail books on the Pacific war with Japan.
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