Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941

by Ian W. Toll

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Overview

Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction


"Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco Chronicle

On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss, a blow that destroyed the offensive power of their fleet. Pacific Crucible—through a dramatic narrative relying predominantly on primary sources and eyewitness accounts of heroism and sacrifice from both navies—tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history to seize the strategic initiative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393343410
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 72,177
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Ian W. Toll is the author of Pacific Crucible, The Conquering Tide, and Six Frigates, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the William E. Colby Award. He lives in San Francisco and New York.

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Pacific Crucible 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully told story with viewpoints from both sides. It was fascinating to have the Japanese view as well as the American. Having served in the Navy I was surprised by the Japanese approach to damage control and the lack of plan and training. I read 6 Frigates, enjoyed it, Mr Toll has been added to my list of favorite story tellers along with David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Stephen Ambrose and Jean Edward Smith
sainthelenaislandman More than 1 year ago
A spectacular book by one of America's finest naval historians.  This beautifully written and meticulously researched history of the run-up to WWII from both sides of the Pacific is thrilling and extraordinarily educational.  A must read.
Rob0NY More than 1 year ago
Before I get to the content, the nook version is TERRIBLE if you are reading on the ap. Instead of foot notes, there is hot linked text. WHile it's easy to avoid clicking by accident  on an actual nook, I read most of the book on the nook ap and was constantly being vaulted into the end notes. Total hassle and the ap even froze up on occasion. Rotten UX. But.... The book is totally worth the trouble. Toll does an outstanding job taking you through strategy and the key personalities on each side and then diving right into the action with riveting detail.  The result is both highly informative and a page turner.  Definitely gave me a great feel for what was already somewhat familiar ground as well as raised some new ideas. I strongly recommend the content and Toll is to be commended for an amazing job.
rickr2d2 More than 1 year ago
This writer's eloquence on the Pacific War in WWII is the equivalent of Shelby Foote's writing on the Civil War. The book reads like a novel and gives an enormous amount of info on the critical first two years of the war. Any true understanding of the respective cultures should start with this book. It clearly and cogently explains the planning as well as the environment that the US and Japan worked in to create the the course of events that culminated with Pearl Harbor and Midway. A terrific read.
Niz More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written and engaging story of the early years of the Pacific Campaign. Ian Toll's story telling is comparable to Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough, two of my favorite story tellers.
DHealy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
History written so well that you can't wait to see how it turns out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very personal review of the first year of the Pacific war.
Knight-24 More than 1 year ago
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 Excellent chronology of events. Penetrating insights into the strategies, motivations, goals, fears, strengths and weaknesses of the military and political leaders on both sides. Thoroughly referenced. Outstanding maps. Interesting photos. Gripping storytelling. I sought to learn the ebb and flow of the famous battles of WWII in the Pacific. Mr Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy, this being volume I, richly exceeded my expectations.
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Enjoyable but Conquering Tide better read
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Same rules, same vote stuff. Just change date and topic. Thetheme is to write one diary entry, has to be funny.
In-Quest More than 1 year ago
The author covers Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941 through the Battle of Midway, June 4-7 1942. As the books title indicates this six month period was a severe, searching test or trial for the US Navy in the Pacific. We took a lot of punishment but we handed out some to. The Japanese tested our metal and found out we were not going away like they had hoped. Well done Navy!