Pacific War 1941-1945

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John Costello's The Pacific War has now established itself as the standard one-volume account of World War II in the Pacific. Never before have the separate stories of fighting in China, Malaya, Burma, the East Indies, the Phillipines, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Aleutians been so brilliantly woven together to provide a clear account of one of the most massive movements of men and arms in history. The complex social, political, and economic causes that underlay the war are here carefully analyzed, ...

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Overview

John Costello's The Pacific War has now established itself as the standard one-volume account of World War II in the Pacific. Never before have the separate stories of fighting in China, Malaya, Burma, the East Indies, the Phillipines, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Aleutians been so brilliantly woven together to provide a clear account of one of the most massive movements of men and arms in history. The complex social, political, and economic causes that underlay the war are here carefully analyzed, impelling the reader to see it as the inevitable conclusion to a series of historical events. And the bloody fighting that indelibly recorded names like Midway and Iwo Jima in the annals of human conflict is described in detail, through its ominous conclusion in the mushroom clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688016203
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: 1ST QUILL
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 273,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Excellent overview, including the events preceeding the war.

    Excellent overview, including the events preceeding the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Very thorough, may have to read it again being only a 15 year ol

    Very thorough, may have to read it again being only a 15 year old boy. Very very dense, but in a good way, very detailed. i love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Good Overview

    I read this book for the first time two years ago. Recently I read Volume XII of the HISTORY OF UNITED STATES NAVAL OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II and found it helpful to get an overview by rereading the brief section on the Battle for Leyte Gulf in Costello's book before tackling the four hundred pages on the same subject written by Samuel Eliot Morison in Volume XII. This suggests to me another use for THE PACIFIC WAR 1941-1945 and I intend to continue to use it in this manner in the future. As an attempt to write a one-volume account of World War II in the Pacific I also believe that Costello's book is largely successful.

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