The Pacific War: The Strategy, Politics, and Players that Won the War

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This book provides a fresh take on World War II in the Pacific that goes beyond the simple recounting of battles won and lost to synthesize the strategies, politics, and key players that shaped the conduct of the war. The author takes a regional approach to this multifaceted, often nonlinear war conducted on land, sea (and significantly by America undersea), and in the air across the immense reaches of the Pacific to effectively develop the major themes and causes of the ...

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Overview

This book provides a fresh take on World War II in the Pacific that goes beyond the simple recounting of battles won and lost to synthesize the strategies, politics, and key players that shaped the conduct of the war. The author takes a regional approach to this multifaceted, often nonlinear war conducted on land, sea (and significantly by America undersea), and in the air across the immense reaches of the Pacific to effectively develop the major themes and causes of the battles.

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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: 9780760339756
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 922,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William B. Hopkins was a Marine officer in the Pacific in World War II, practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia, and then reentered active service as a Marine captain during the Korean War, where he commanded H&S Co, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He fought at Chosin and wrote One Bugle No Drums. Hopkins served in the Virginia Senate for twenty years, four years as majority leader. Still an active member of the Virginia Bar, Hopkins lives in Roanoke.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction-My View: Then and Now 1

Chapter 1 Plan Orange 5

Chapter 2 Political Stalemate 15

Chapter 3 The Build-up for War 29

Chapter 4 Pearl Harbor 39

Chapter 5 The Arcadia Conference 49

Chapter 6 The Lean Months 61

Chapter 7 The Home Front 71

Chapter 8 Midway 83

Chapter 9 Defense of Australia 95

Chapter 10 Guadalcanal 107

Chapter 11 Halsey vs. Yamamoto 123

Chapter 12 Papua 137

Chapter 13 Australian New Guinea 147

Chapter 14 China 159

Chapter 15 Rabaul 169

Chapter 16 Strategy Change 177

Chapter 17 The Central Pacific Drive 185

Chapter 18 Submarine Warfare 203

Chapter 19 The Netherlands New Guinea 213

Chapter 20 The Marianas 225

Chapter 21 The Philippines v. Formosa Debate 237

Chapter 22 Ulithi 249

Chapter 23 Leyte Gulf 261

Chapter 24 The March to Luzon 271

Chapter 25 Philippine Liberation 279

Chapter 26 Iwo Jima 291

Chapter 27 Okinawa 303

Chapter 28 The Twentieth Air Force 317

Chapter 29 Japanese Surrender 327

Chapter 30 Looking Back 341

Notes 349

Bibliography 367

Index 377

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Good book for just a basic understanding of the war in the Pacific

    This book is OK but not great, it will be a disappointment to hard core WWII Pacific War buffs but if it is read by someone who doesn't know that much about the war with Japan than they will only learn the very basics with this book, don't expect to get into real detail about each battle or campaign, each chapter is only about six or seven pages long covering each phase of the war.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    Good look at America's war in the Pacific in WWII

    This book does a good job of showing what strategies the US used to defeat Japan and also gave insight into who executed these strategies. Where we strayed from our pre-war strategy and where we executed it.
    Overall it is a good overview of the Pacific War.

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