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Here is the definitive history of the battle of Midway, an American victory that marked the turning point of the war in the Pacific during World War II. Told with the same stylistic flair and attention to detail as the bestselling At Dawn We Slept, Miracle at Midway brings together eyewitness accounts from the men who commanded and fought on both sides. The sweeping narrative takes readers into the thick of the action and shows exactly how American strategies and decisions led to the triumphant victory that paved...
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Here is the definitive history of the battle of Midway, an American victory that marked the turning point of the war in the Pacific during World War II. Told with the same stylistic flair and attention to detail as the bestselling At Dawn We Slept, Miracle at Midway brings together eyewitness accounts from the men who commanded and fought on both sides. The sweeping narrative takes readers into the thick of the action and shows exactly how American strategies and decisions led to the triumphant victory that paved the way for the defeat of Japan.

"A stirring, even suspenseful narrative . . . The clearest and most complete account so far." (Newsday)

"Something special among war histories . . . No other gives both sides of the battle in as detailed and telling a manner."(Chicago Sun- Times)

"A gripping and convincing account." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780140068146
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1983
  • Series: New Press Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    Not Prange's best, but well worth reading

    Prange's best book, of course, was "At Dawn We Slept," the best analysis of Pearl Harbor ever written, but "Miracle at Midway" isn't half bad. Prange didn't go into the excruciating detail he did with "At Dawn We Slept" (he couldn't have; he was too busy researching "At Dawn We Slept"!), but "Miracle at Midway" is still a good, thorough analysis of what did and didn't happen at Midway, a battle a lot of people don't know enough about. If you're even a little bit curious about it, read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2015

    Lots of incredible research went into writing this book. It is r

    Lots of incredible research went into writing this book. It is replete with personal stories of courage and tragedy, while offering a grand overarching view of Midway's impact on the entire war. I especially enjoyed learning about what happened to the key figures long after the battle was over. On the negative side, this book was clearly written by committee as the tone of the narrative changes dramatically between chapters. Some of the supposed translations are also jolting -- I doubt whether any Japanese naval officer ever said, "Gosh" in the midst of the battle. The comparisons to Shakespearian tragedies and Greek mythology seemed out of place and detracted from the flow of the narrative. Overall, a good recap of the battle, making it clear how random events can have a huge impact on the final outcome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Well Told Battle History

    Although this book is not as groundbreaking as At Dawn We Slept, the authors' history of Pearl Harbor, it is a first rate battle study. Both commanders and enlisted men are given their due and the heroism, excitement, suffering, and horrors of war are not ignored or glossed over. Individuals on both sides emerge as humans with feelings and failings and we feel sympathy for them as they fail, are wounded, or die. The final analysis of the campaign and battle is very interesting and shows how close the margin of victory and defeat was for both the United States and Japan. If you found this book interesting, you might want to read Operation Tokyo, the writers' account of the Sorge spy ring. By all means read At Dawn We Slept.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    THE RISKS OF WAR

    THE REALIZATION THAT THE BATTLE WAS VERY "IFFY" AT EVERY TURN. SPRUANCE SHOWED GREAT INSIGHT INTO HIS ORDERS AND THE "WANTED OUTCOME" OF THE BATTLE. THIS COUPLED WITH WHAT THE ENEMY COULD HAVE DONE IF WE HAD LOST MAKES THIS VERY EXCITING READING. WITH JUST A SINGLE SMALL CHANGE THE LOOK OF THE WORLD TODAY COULD BE VERY DIFFERENT.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    What a very well written account of the Battle of Midway

    This book was wonderful! It is full of information from both sides of the conflict. I can usually read a book this size in two days. It took me TWO WEEKS because there was so much good material here. Gordon Prange is a better than average author for World War II. Anyone interested in the inner workings as well as actual dynamics of this war should know this is a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    A Magnificant Piece of Research

    This book was written after Gordan Prange had passed away, by Goldstein and Dillon, who co-authored At Dawn We Slept, THE absolutely definitive work on the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. The research was done by Prange for the Midway book, which is probably the most carefully documented account of a WWII battle that I have ever read. The book will tell you everything that you need to know about the battle of Midway. If it isn't in this book, it's not worth knowing. A truly outstanding piece of historical research, and a very good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Courage and Sacrifice

    In His own image God created man, but man is so fragile. This is a powerful book that shows how fragile man is and what man will do to attempt to overcome his enemies. This book covers the Battle of Midway from both the American and Japaese perspective in a wonderful way. You truly feel part of and understand each personality involved in the planning, execution and mistakes of the battle.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2015

    This is the second time that I have read the book. I read Prange

    This is the second time that I have read the book. I read Prange's book about the Pearl Harbor attack so I had to read there Midway
    book again. In one way it is a wonder that we even won the war. But Prange shows that when we have our backs against the wall
    there are heros that step up. It is a highly recommended read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Battle over Midway part two

    Pvt. Johnson is a mechanic who masters at in flight fixes and is a brother in law to pvt. Bronson. Pvt Bronson is the guy you call in to get the fighters off your tail and joined us in the RAF before we joined the US airforce after Johnson married his sister. Pvt p. Legard acts like he was born with a joystick in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other and flys like he dose not care if he comes home or not......part three next res.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Very factual and enlightening.

    Reading WW II books is my hobby. This book is one of the better ones.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Excellent

    A very detailed account put into an easily readable narrative. Prange is in my opinion the the most reliable source of balanced and accurate accounts of the early Pacific conflicts in WWII.

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