War in the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay

War in the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay

by Harry Gailey
     
 

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Covers all significant actions, from the early allied defeats to the last Japanese death throes. --Library JournalSee more details below

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Covers all significant actions, from the early allied defeats to the last Japanese death throes. --Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor climaxed half a century of rivalry with the U.S. in the Far East. Early in this impressive history of the Pacific theater, Gailey (``Howlin' Mad'' vs. the Army) thoroughly examines the roots of the conflict, the buildup of the U.S. armory during a period of isolationism and complacency and the more methodical Japanese military preparations. In the unfolding narrative of the 1941-45 conflict itself, Gailey addresses operational areas often neglected by historians, such as the central and northern Solomons campaigns and the bloody confrontation at Peleliu. He offers a fresh interpretation of the great naval battle of Midway, a turning point of the war, the use of Australian troops in New Guinea-a campaign he calls ``an unnecessary offensive that did little more than showcase the valor and determination of the Australian soldier''-and the U.S. Army/Marine Corps dispute on Saipan. Finally, he describes preparations for the dreaded invasion of the Japanese home islands, during which the planners simultaneously tried to create strategies to make it unnecessary. Gailey has written a solid account of the Pacific war. Illustrations. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this comprehensive one-volume history, Gailey attempts to chronicle the entire Pacific conflict, starting with an examination of the events leading up to World War II and a comparison of Japanese and American societies, economies, military doctrines, and planning. This discussion is crucial to an understanding of the events that follow. The book covers all the significant actions of the Pacific theater, from the early Allied defeats to the last Japanese death throes, candidly discussing the behind-the-scenes Allied bickering and backbiting as well as the Japanese emperor's refusal to involve himself in daily governmental decisions, thereby needlessly prolonging the war. Also discussed here are the relative merits and shortcomings of the training and equipment of all sides. Numerous multivolume works exist on this subject, but as a single-volume work this ranks with John Costellos's The Pacific War (LJ 12/1/81). Recommended for all collections.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.
Booknews
Gailey (history, San Jose State U.) details the performance of Japanese and Allied naval, air, and land forces in every major military operation in the Pacific theater in WWII. He examines the events leading up to the war; compares the Japanese and American economies and societies, war plans, and equipment; and chronicles actions from the early Allied defeats in the Philippines to the final agonies of the Japanese people. Contains b&w photos and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780891416166
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/17/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
639,905
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1250L (what's this?)

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