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Pacific Crucible : War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942
by Ian W. Toll


Overview - Ian W. Toll's dramatic narrative encompasses both the high command and the "sailor's-eye" view from the lower deck. Relying predominantly on eyewitness accounts and primary sources, Pacific Crucible also spotlights recent scholarship that has revised our understanding of the conflict, including the Japanese decision to provoke a war that few in the country's highest circles thought they could win.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ian W. Toll's dramatic narrative encompasses both the high command and the "sailor's-eye" view from the lower deck. Relying predominantly on eyewitness accounts and primary sources, Pacific Crucible also spotlights recent scholarship that has revised our understanding of the conflict, including the Japanese decision to provoke a war that few in the country's highest circles thought they could win. The result is a page-turning history that does justice to the breadth and depth of a tremendous subject.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393068139
  • ISBN-10: 0393068137
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 640
  • Dimensions: 9.56 x 6.38 x 1.65 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.32 pounds


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Books > History > Military - World War II
Books > History > Military - Naval

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-08-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Prize-winning freelance naval historian Toll (Six Frigates) chronicles one of the U.S. Navy’s finest performances of WWII in this page-turning narrative of the months following the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor. Eyewitness accounts and extensive research in American and Japanese print and archival sources combined with Toll’s storytelling abilities make this an approachable and compelling read in a genre typically reserved for military historians. More than mere battle plans and fighter plane model numbers, Toll’s take on the fight in the Pacific is imbued with a sensitivity to detail and individuals, as evidenced by his moving account of the disembarkation of Admiral Fitch and his crew from the sinking USS Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea, which saw ice cream being served as the boat burned and men awaiting rescue swam in the warm waters below. But Toll does not pander to sensationalism: his incisive scholastic efforts also shed light on Japanese motives for entering a war that many in the high command considered unwinnable. Revealing and poignant, Toll’s latest deftly navigates the rough waters of the Pacific struggle with flying colors. Illus. and maps. (Nov.)

 
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