Pacific War: The Strategy, the Politics, and the Players [NOOK Book]

Overview

Once the stories have been told of battles won and lost, most of what happens in a war remains a mystery.  So it has been with accounts of World War II in the Pacific, a conflict whose nature is only obscured by the linear narrative.  In this book, a veteran and respected military author opens the story of the Pacific War to a broader and deeper view. 

 

Going beyond the usual accounting, William B. Hopkins investigates the strategies, politics, and ...

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Overview

Once the stories have been told of battles won and lost, most of what happens in a war remains a mystery.  So it has been with accounts of World War II in the Pacific, a conflict whose nature is only obscured by the linear narrative.  In this book, a veteran and respected military author opens the story of the Pacific War to a broader and deeper view. 

 

Going beyond the usual accounting, William B. Hopkins investigates the strategies, politics, and personalities that shaped the conduct of the war.  His regional approach to this complex war conducted on land, sea (and significantly by America, undersea), and air offers a more realistic perspective on how this multifaceted conflict unfolded--in many ways, and on many fronts.  As expansive as the immense reaches of the Pacific, and as focused as the most intensive pinpoint attack on a strategic island, this account offers a whole new way of understanding the hows--and more significantly, the whys, of the Pacific War.

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Editorial Reviews

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Leatherneck, March 2009
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.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616732400
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 531,371
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

William B. Hopkins was a Marine officer in the Pacific in WWII, practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia, and re-entered active service as a Marine captain during the Korean War. He is the author of One Bugle No Drums. Hopkins served in Virginia’s Senate for twenty years, four years as Majority Leader. He lives in Roanoke.

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    This is a fresh overview of the war against Japan with emphasis on the American decision makers and the choices they made. It all but ignores the War in Europe except for its influence on the resources available for the Pacific War. The evolving strategy is seen from the different perspectives of Roosevelt, Leahy, King, Nimitz, and MacArthur. The various campaigns and their major players are described with emphasis on how they fit into, or didn't fit into, the broader scheme. It vividly describes the risks that were taken early in the war to halt the Japanese expansion South and East, notably in the Coral Sea, at Midway, and at Guadalcanal. This is not a book for those seeking all the details of individual battles.

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