Midway Inquest: Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway [NOOK Book]

Overview

Midway, the most famous naval battle in American history, has been the
subject of many excellent books. However, none satisfactorily explain why the
Japanese lost that battle, given their overwhelming advantage in firepower. While no
book may ever silence debate on the subject, Midway Inquest answers the ...

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Midway Inquest: Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway

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Overview

Midway, the most famous naval battle in American history, has been the
subject of many excellent books. However, none satisfactorily explain why the
Japanese lost that battle, given their overwhelming advantage in firepower. While no
book may ever silence debate on the subject, Midway Inquest answers the central
mystery of the battle. Why could the Japanese not get a bomber strike launched
against the American carrier force before being attacked and destroyed by American
dive bombers from the Enterprise and Yorktown? Although it is well known that the
Japanese were unable to launch an immediate attack because their aircraft were in
the process of changing armament, why wasn't the rearming operation reversed and an
attack launched before the American planes arrived? Based on extensive research in
Japanese primary records, Japanese literature on the battle, and interviews with
over two dozen Japanese veterans from the carrier air groups, this book solves the
mystery at last.

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Editorial Reviews

Proceedings

""... presents a carefully crafted indictment of Japanese decision making during this pivotal World War II sea battle."" —Proceedings, May 2008

Paper Wars

"Any student of the Pacific War will enjoy this book, even if you disagree with part of it. It is a fascinating look at decisions made in the heat of battle." —Paper Wars, August 2008

From the Publisher
"... presents a carefully crafted indictment of Japanese decision making during this pivotal World War II sea battle." —Proceedings, May 2008
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253117021
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Series: Twentieth-Century Battles
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 730,036
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dallas Woodbury Isom is a retired professor of law at Willamette
University in Salem, Oregon. He lives in San Ramon, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Chapter One - Why This Inquest Chapter Two - Prelude Chapter Three - The Run-up to Midway Chapter Four - The Fatal Decision Chapter Five - Gamble Lost Chapter Six - To Launch or Not to Launch Chapter Seven -
Ironies Chapter Eight - Denouement Chapter Nine -
Aftermath Chapter Ten - Post-mortem Appendixes Appendix A - Nagumo's Official Report (excerpts)
Appendix B - SRMN-012, Traffic Intelligence Summaries, pp. 499-505
Appendix C - Reconstruction of Japanese CAP activity Appendix D - War Game Exercise Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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