From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day: The American Armed Forces in World War II by Clayton D. James, Anne S. Wells, Anne Sharp Wells |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day: The American Armed Forces in World War II

From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day: The American Armed Forces in World War II

by Clayton D. James, Anne S. Wells, Anne Sharp Wells
     
 
A compact but comprehensive history of the American armed forces in World War II, examining the strategy, logistics, high command, operations, and home-front aspects of the military campaign. Consistently absorbing....As inclusive and compact a rundown as general readers are likely to get anytime soon. —Kirkus Reviews. American Ways Series.

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A compact but comprehensive history of the American armed forces in World War II, examining the strategy, logistics, high command, operations, and home-front aspects of the military campaign. Consistently absorbing....As inclusive and compact a rundown as general readers are likely to get anytime soon. —Kirkus Reviews. American Ways Series.

Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal - John Prados
An ambitious effort...furnishes a comprehensive overview of a huge slice of history.
An ambitious effort...furnishes a comprehensive overview of a huge slice of history.
John Prados
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors focus on the big picture in this handy one-volume history. The fast-moving narrative covers all theaters in which American forces were involved and assesses the way campaigns were directed by U.S. generals and admirals. The comparison between the Axis and the Allies emphasizes the tenuousness of the partnership among Germany, Italy and Japan and the strength of the Anglo-American alliance, which, as they clearly show, was superior in military intelligence, strategy and logistics. James (The Years of MacArthur) and Wells describe the effects of the war on the home front and the shadow it cast over the nation's future. A final section discusses the romanticized hindsight view of the war and suggests that it is time for the Good War myth to be laid to rest. James is professor of military history at Virginia Military Institute. Wells is editor of World War Two Studies Association Newsletter. (Mar.)
Gilbert Taylor
To compress the thousands of works on the American war effort into this slim introduction, this pair of historians did away with footnotes and contemporary quotations; what remains is an economical summary of strategy, leadership, logistics and production, and lastly, battles and campaigns. As instructors at Virginia Military Institute, James and Wells have, perhaps, prepared a lecture delineating the essential issues. This title resembles what might be their course syllabus and divides the war into halves, Europe and the Pacific. In the former theater, they give due credence to the pivotal Allied victory in the Battle of the Atlantic, without which no D-Day would have been possible, and cast the usual aspersions upon the costly strategic bombing campaign against Germany. The authors also clarify the origin of sideshows such as the Mediterranean operations--namely, compromises with the British, who strategically rated the area higher than did the Americans. And in recounting the Pacific war's island-hopping slog from Guadalcanal to Tarawa to Okinawa, the authors outline the military considerations and the Nimitz-MacArthur competition, which made such obscure places famous. Springing from close reading of the extant works, this well-written distillation benefits libraries needing a wider view of the conflict than books on battles provide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566630726
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Series:
American Ways Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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