Miracle at Midway

Miracle at Midway

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ISBN-13: 9781504049269
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 581
Sales rank: 284,019
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gordon W. Prange (1910–1980) was a professor of history at the University of Maryland and a World War II veteran. He served as the chief historian on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff during the postwar military occupation of Japan. His 1963  Reader’s Digest  article “Tora! Tora! Tora!” was later expanded into the acclaimed book  At Dawn We Slept. After Prange’s death, his colleagues Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon completed several of his manuscripts, including  At Dawn We Slept. Other works that Goldstein and Dillon finished include  Miracle at MidwayPearl Harbor: The Verdict of History ;  December 7, 1941: The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor ; and  Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring.

Donald M. Goldstein is a retired United States Air Force officer, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught for thirty-five years, a winner of two Peabody Awards, and author of many books. He has also taught at the Air Force Academy, the Air War College, the Air Command and Staff College, the University of Tampa, and Troy State University. He is considered the leading authority on the Pearl Harbor attack. He lives in the Villages, Florida.

Katherine V. Dillon (1916–2005) was a chief warrant officer, United States Air Force (retired), and longtime collaborator with Gordon W. Prange and Donald M. Goldstein on their work. She served during World War II and the Korean War.

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Miracle at Midway 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Jefferson_Thomas More than 1 year ago
Prange's best book, of course, was "At Dawn We Slept," the best analysis of Pearl Harbor ever written, but "Miracle at Midway" isn't half bad. Prange didn't go into the excruciating detail he did with "At Dawn We Slept" (he couldn't have; he was too busy researching "At Dawn We Slept"!), but "Miracle at Midway" is still a good, thorough analysis of what did and didn't happen at Midway, a battle a lot of people don't know enough about. If you're even a little bit curious about it, read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of incredible research went into writing this book. It is replete with personal stories of courage and tragedy, while offering a grand overarching view of Midway's impact on the entire war. I especially enjoyed learning about what happened to the key figures long after the battle was over. On the negative side, this book was clearly written by committee as the tone of the narrative changes dramatically between chapters. Some of the supposed translations are also jolting -- I doubt whether any Japanese naval officer ever said, "Gosh" in the midst of the battle. The comparisons to Shakespearian tragedies and Greek mythology seemed out of place and detracted from the flow of the narrative. Overall, a good recap of the battle, making it clear how random events can have a huge impact on the final outcome.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Although this book is not as groundbreaking as At Dawn We Slept, the authors' history of Pearl Harbor, it is a first rate battle study. Both commanders and enlisted men are given their due and the heroism, excitement, suffering, and horrors of war are not ignored or glossed over. Individuals on both sides emerge as humans with feelings and failings and we feel sympathy for them as they fail, are wounded, or die. The final analysis of the campaign and battle is very interesting and shows how close the margin of victory and defeat was for both the United States and Japan. If you found this book interesting, you might want to read Operation Tokyo, the writers' account of the Sorge spy ring. By all means read At Dawn We Slept.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! It is full of information from both sides of the conflict. I can usually read a book this size in two days. It took me TWO WEEKS because there was so much good material here. Gordon Prange is a better than average author for World War II. Anyone interested in the inner workings as well as actual dynamics of this war should know this is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written after Gordan Prange had passed away, by Goldstein and Dillon, who co-authored At Dawn We Slept, THE absolutely definitive work on the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. The research was done by Prange for the Midway book, which is probably the most carefully documented account of a WWII battle that I have ever read. The book will tell you everything that you need to know about the battle of Midway. If it isn't in this book, it's not worth knowing. A truly outstanding piece of historical research, and a very good read.
cutiger80 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
An amazing account of the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. If anyone is looking for some valuable insight into what turned the tides to the Americans in the Pacific after the Day of Infamy they should read this book. In no other book have I ever found such a lucid and objective discussion of the events in June 1942 at Midway then I did in this book.
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BurtKS More than 1 year ago
This is the second time that I have read the book. I read Prange's book about the Pearl Harbor attack so I had to read there Midway book again. In one way it is a wonder that we even won the war. But Prange shows that when we have our backs against the wall there are heros that step up. It is a highly recommended read.
jharold More than 1 year ago
THE REALIZATION THAT THE BATTLE WAS VERY "IFFY" AT EVERY TURN. SPRUANCE SHOWED GREAT INSIGHT INTO HIS ORDERS AND THE "WANTED OUTCOME" OF THE BATTLE. THIS COUPLED WITH WHAT THE ENEMY COULD HAVE DONE IF WE HAD LOST MAKES THIS VERY EXCITING READING. WITH JUST A SINGLE SMALL CHANGE THE LOOK OF THE WORLD TODAY COULD BE VERY DIFFERENT.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very detailed account put into an easily readable narrative. Prange is in my opinion the the most reliable source of balanced and accurate accounts of the early Pacific conflicts in WWII.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In His own image God created man, but man is so fragile. This is a powerful book that shows how fragile man is and what man will do to attempt to overcome his enemies. This book covers the Battle of Midway from both the American and Japaese perspective in a wonderful way. You truly feel part of and understand each personality involved in the planning, execution and mistakes of the battle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading WW II books is my hobby. This book is one of the better ones.