Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun

Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun

3.2 11
by John Prados
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The Battle of Midway is traditionally held as the point when Allied forces gained advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, acclaimed historian and military intelligence expert John Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted.

Taking this surprising fact as the start ofSee more details below

Overview

The Battle of Midway is traditionally held as the point when Allied forces gained advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, acclaimed historian and military intelligence expert John Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted.

Taking this surprising fact as the start of his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific tide turned in the Allies’ favor. Using archives of WWII intelligence reports from both sides, Prados offers up a compelling reassessment of the true turning in the Pacific: not Midway, but the fight for the Solomon Islands.

Combat in the Solomons saw a series of surface naval battles, including one of the key battleship-versus-battleship actions of the war; two major carrier actions; daily air duels, including the aerial ambush in which perished the famous Japanese naval commander Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku; and many other hair-raising exploits. Commencing with the Allied invasion of Guadalcanal, Prados shows how and why the Allies beat Japan on the sea, in the air, and in the jungles.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A fresh and compelling account of the true turning point of the Pacific War.”—Evan Thomas, New York Times Bestselling Author of Ike’s Bluff and Sea of Thunder

“Authoritative…Islands of Destiny serves as a powerful reminder of the geography, the strategy, and the ferocity of the Solomons campaign.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Islands of Destiny is essential reading for anyone interested in the Pacific War.”—World War II

“Even casual readers of World War II history will find [Islands of Destiny] engaging, and they will likely agree that the author makes a strong case for his revisionist assessment. A well-crafted addition to the canon of World War II military histories.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[Prados] argues that Guadalcanal and the Solomons campaign, not Midway, were the Pacific War’s true turning point. His use of Japanese primary sources is especially impressive. Imperial Navy figures, often treated as ciphers, regain their humanity in this author’s sympathetic hands.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101601952
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
263,200
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“John Prados is a clever and prodigious digger of historical fact. Using new sources, especially from the Japanese side, he offers a fresh and compelling account of the true turning point of the Pacific War.”Evan Thomas, New York Times Bestselling Author of Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Struggle to Save the World and Sea of Thunder
 
“John Prados has done it again: He has taken a well-known, oft-described military campaign and has brought new and important perspective and insight to the events.”Norman Polmar, Author of Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129

“John Prados has turned his considerable talents to the Navy’s Solomons campaign, not only shedding light on an oft-neglected aspect of World War II, but shedding new light by carefully evaluating the influence and impact of intelligence on that vital struggle.”—Thomas J. Cutler, Author of The Battle of Leyte Gulf

"Move over, Midway. John Prados wants to bump the famed naval battle from its vaunted spot as the Allies' Big Turnaround in the Pacific. Instead, the historian argues, the tide really turned during the long, complicated, and messy land-and-sea battles of the Solomon Islands...And his reasons are very persuasive...With his storytelling's rich depths and surprising perspectives, Islands of Destiny is essential reading for anyone interested in the Pacific War."—World War II Magazine

"In vivid, immediate prose, Prados details battles from Guadalcanal to a late-1943 siege at Rabaul in New Guinea, showing how cunning strategy allowed the Allies to overcome the Japanese at sea and in the air...Prados provides an accessible history that avoids excessive jargon. Even casual readers of World War II history will find it engaging, and they will likely agree that the author makes a strong case for his revisionist assessment. A well-crafted addition to the canon of World War II military histories."—Kirkus Reviews

"Authoritative...Islands of Destiny serves as a powerful reminder of the geography, the strategy and the ferocity of the Solomons campaign...this book won't disappoint."—Wall Street Journal

“[Prados] argues that Guadalcanal and the Solomons campaign, not Midway, were the Pacific War’s true turning point. His use of Japanese primary sources is especially impressive. Imperial Navy figures, often treated as ciphers, regain their humanity in this author’s sympathetic hands.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >