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From the Publisher"Myth-breaking . . . Drawing on Japanese records and accounts untapped by Western historians, [Parshall and Tully] dispell many of the myths and falsehoods surrounding the decisive clash. . . . The authors paint vivid pictures of the death and destruction wrought on the Japanese carriers."
"This meticulously researched and thoroughly documented study is an essential corrective. It is essential reading for anyone interested in carrier aviation, past, present, or future. Although imposing in scale, Shattered Sword is a bargain, and a highly engaging read. Every page seems to throw up a new perspective--from the pathetically low Japanese aircraft production figures, to the political infighting both within the Naval High Command and between the services. The best naval history book of 2005."
"While most of their predecessors have fallen into the same mold--looking at the battle from the American vantage only--Parshall and Tully break new ground in bringing the Japanese perspective into the picture. . . . The authors state that their book attempts to do three things--present the battle from the Japanese side, study it almost exclusively from an aircraft carrier viewpoint, and point out the errors and exaggerations in a group of myths that have surrounded the battle. The authors succeed in all three goals. . . . [They] have produced a superb volume."
"Will earn its place in the already impressive library that focuses on one of the great moments in naval history."
"A remarkable book . . . The breadth and quality of the information about the Japanese air groups provided here is simply staggering. . . . Shattered Sword is equally strong on Japanese strategy and tactics, and on the mentality of the IJN's admirals. . . . This account will undoubtedly revolutionise the way we think about the battle of Midway; it is a towering piece of research by two IJN enthusiastists who have left no stone unturned in their efforts to resolve the plethora of conflicting information which has bedevilled previous analyses."
"Provides a much-needed reassessment of the Battle of Midway. . . . The chapters devoted to the actual battle are a treat, starting with an in-depth description of Japanese flight deck procedures and activities, something rarely detailed in Western publications. This new treatment is basically the Battle of Midway as seen through Japanese eyes. . . . The authors are to be congratulated. Writing on a topic that might not first seem to have anything new to be divulged, they have created something that is as fresh and vital as if it were the first account written at war's end instead of more than sixty years later. I believe that Shattered Sword will become the preeminent narrative history of this crucial battle, and I consider it to be one of the most important books on WWII naval operations to be published in the last twenty years."
"A new and definitive account . . . With the correction of many errors in previous accounts and its new graphics, the book forces scholars of the battle to undertake a major reevaluation of the great naval engagement. . . . Highly recommended."
"Parshall and Tully have set a new standard for researching, evaluating, and synthesizing material from sources around the world to provide a complete account of the Battle of Midway and the underlying causes of Japan's defeat. . . . At least eleven 'urban myths' universally accepted by scholars and sailors have been shattered, providing a whole new level of understanding of the Battle of Midway. Parshall and Tully have provided one of the most readable accounts of the Battle of Midway available anywhere. . . . Experts will certainly agree that this is one of the two or three most important books on the Pacific War published in the last decade."
"Shattered Sword is a must for any student of World War II history interested in the naval conflict in the Pacific. . . . The book will be the standard work on the Battle of Midway for years to come. Parshall and Tully's original approach demonstrates how much can still be revealed about World War II even after sixty years of research and writing."
"Magisterial in its coverage . . . revelatory . . . Parshall and Tully's work is deply researched, all-encompassing in its perspective, painstakingly detailed in its exposition, and lucidly written. It makes an invaluable contribution to the literature of the Pacific War, especially for bringing the vast research of Japanese scholars to the fore, and is absolutely essential reading for every student of the history of World War II at sea."
"One of the year's ten best books."
". . . . this is arguably the most important book on Midway yet written. The authors have made extensive and extremely thoughtful use of Japanese records, particularly pilot log-books and the like, blended this with technical expertise of a high order and produced an account which challenges conventional understanding of this battle . . . . the definitive book on Midway."
"Jonathan B. Parshall and Anthony P. Tully have skillfully reserached, analyzed, and drawn sound conclusions about the actual causes of Japan's defeat at Midway. The authors expose many myths that surround the battle. This is the first truly complete and balanced examination of the decisive battle of Midway."