The Pacific Campaign: World War II: The U. S.-Japanese Naval War, 1941-1945

Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (32) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $58.77   
  • Used (31) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Van der Vat ( The Atlantic Campaign ) traces the economic, diplomatic and social developments that led Japan to war in the 1930s and turned the U.S. into its main enemy in the 1940s. His fast-paced narrative, augmented with such brief personal accounts as an eyewitness report of an American POW's beheading, is related largely from the viewpoint of high-level U.S. commanders, both at the strategic level (admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz, Gen. Douglas MacArthur) and the tactical (admirals Raymond Spruance and William Halsey). Van der Vat is decidedly outspoken, referring to the ``willful stupidity'' of the Japanese in calling MacArthur a mountebank, and demanding to know why the Americans didn't bypass Micronesia, the Palaus and even the Philippines in their great counteroffensive. He also takes up issues long ignored: for example, MacArthur's arbitrary sidelining of the superb, battle-hardened Australian army and the British navy's attempt to ``muscle in'' on the climactic American victories. A fresh and very lively look at the war in the Pacific. BOMC selection; History Book Club alternate. (Dec.)
Library Journal
This provocative, well-written survey brings to bear a British perspective on the U.S. Navy's war with Japan. Van der Vat describes that war as a product of Japanese aggression rather than American provocation. He insists there was a significant moral gap between U.S. lapses of judgment and behavior and a Japanese ethic that justified and systemized atrocities. He also maintains the superiority of a single-front strategy to the two-pronged counterattack America actually mounted. This decision van der Vat credits to Douglas MacArthur, whom he dismisses as ``the supreme Allied confidence man.'' Even readers who disagree with van der Vat's strategic analysis will admire his skills as an operational historian. Midway and Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and the submarine campaign, are described with verve and clarity, making this book especially worthwhile for general readers. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/91, and in ``The Day of Infamy in Print,'' LJ 9/1/91.-- D.E. Showalter, U.S. Air Force Acad., Colorado Springs
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671738990
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/23/1991
  • Pages: 448

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)