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"Aims to sort out the discrepancies that have crept in over time to standard accounts of the battle... a confused and complex night action. Of special interest is Tully's exploitation of fresh source materials." —Malcolm Muir, Jr., author of Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy, 1945–1975(Malcolm Muir, Jr., author of Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy, 1945–1975)
"If the vibrant international community of experts who study the Pacific War and discuss and debate it online can be seen as a mafia, then Anthony Tully is its consigliere. Whenever a question arises about the battle history of World War II in the Pacific--what really happened after the fleets collided, dive-bombers entered their dives, and shot met plate--he is the indispensable man. In this book he paints Admiral Nishimura's high-speed run into history with an entirely fresh palette of detail, from the command decisions to the after-action reports. It offers naval history buffs something fresh and easy to relish on almost every page" —James D. Hornfischer, author of Ship of Ghosts and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors(James D. Hornfischer, author of Ship of Ghosts and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors)
"[I]n Battle of Surigao Strait Anthony Tully has managed to trace the complicated flow of and reason for events on the nights of 24-25 October with a skill and aplomb that forces one to reconsider previously held views." —Naval History, October 1, 2009(Naval History 2009-01-00)
"Tully's narrative is clear and clarifies a confused night battle in restricted waters. He disputes several perceived truths about the battle by giving the reader a complete record of what each ship was doing at each stage of the battle." —Military Review
, May-June 2010
"With copious endnotes, an extensive and interesting bibliography and thorough index, this book is worth buying by serious students of the Pacific War and for institutional libraries with a strong military history focus." —The Journal of Naval History, 2010(The Journal of Naval History 2010-01-00)
"The skilful incorporation of personal testimony from those involved is what really elevates this work above run-of-the-mill naval history and turns it into something special." —Warship, 2011(Warship 2011-01-00)
"By giving a fuller view of the Japanese side, Tully's work forces a substantial revision of the traditional picture of the battle. Battle of Surigao Strait is not only military history based on scrupulous use of a plethora of new source materials, but is a spanking good read. Highly recommended." —War in History, 18(2)(War in History)
Anthony P. Tully is an independent scholar and historian of the Imperial Japanese Navy. He is author (with Jon Parshall) of Shattered Sword, a study of the Battle of Midway. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Excellent, excellent book, better than Shattered Sword IMO.
The narrative of the actual battle in Surigao Strait is very well done, and clarifies a very confused night battle in restricted waters.
Mr. Tully did a tremendous job in researching and writing this book, and the detail is immense, and the narrative flows.
This is the most comprehensive, well researched account of this battle in existence. The more famous Battle of Leyte that occurred hours later has overshadowed this important... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Max W.
The author does a good job telling the story. However, he tends to tell what the admiral was thinking, even though the admiral didn't survive and left no record of his thoughts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary
Well written account of one prong of the largest naval battle in history. The Japanese strategy had three coordinated forces, and this was the story of the southern force. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tom
I loved the unique perspective of Tully's narrative. Surigao has always been portrayed as a marginally inane suicide run. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GabrielU.
An interesting and clarifying account of the battle, with an excellent and thoroughly researched Japanese viewpoint predominantly featured. Very much recommended.Published 5 months ago by dharstad