“The Pacific War is an especially important book. It aims to present a readable and authoritative history of lasting value on both famous and little-known episodes that occurred in that theater. Holding firmly to documented fact, the hardcover offers a freshness that will be appreciated by historians and thos of us who simply enjoy well-presented historical facts.”
Bob Walch, MyShelf.com
“It has been over sixty years since the end of World War II. With the advantage of hindsight, William Hopkins returns to the Pacific Theatre to discuss the strategy, politics, and players that shaped the conflict and ultimately defeated the Japanese...
“It is a complex topic and one that has been written about by many other historians. Hopkins provides a new perspective that looks beyond individual battles and diverse military personalities to give the reader a broader understanding of the Pacific campaign and why it succeeded. A collection of over sixty black and white photos and diagrams are included in this volume that anyone interested in military history will want to read.”
The NYMAS Review
“As indicated in its sub-title, this work provides a comprehensive look at the Pacific War from the highest levels, policy, grand strategy, economics, and particularly the personalities, political and military who directed the war. A trio of chapters setting the deep background are followed by a series of chapters that unfold chronologically, and cover specific campaigns or aspects of the war, including strategic direction, economic mobilization, the submarine and air offensives, and the surrender of Japan. Operational developments are treated only in the broadest outline, and tactical and technical matters hardly at all, which is appropriate given the purpose of the book. The book successfully synthesizes a good deal of recent scholarship on the war, and is likely to be of use to anyone with an interest in the Pacific Theater.”
The Roanake Times, February 08, 2009
“The Pacific War will stand as an important comprehensive study of the structure and the philosophy that brought victory over Japan. The information is important to our understanding of the Pacific aspect of World War II, but the prose is what will make you want to read this book in one sitting.”