From Publishers Weekly
New translations of Japanese accounts, recently declassified documents and strategies and tactics of both sides inform this record of America's first major offensive of the Pacific war. According to PW , "This highly readable rendering of the critical campaign in the Pacific is first-rate military history." Illustrated.
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From Library Journal
In his outstanding first book, a Vietnam veteran and lawyer establishes Guadalcanal's decisive place in the history of World War II. The Guadalcanal campaign was "triphibious," combining air, land, and sea elements. Though the Japanese were surprised by the United States counterattack, forces in the theater were balanced so closely that the outcome was by no means certain. Frank evaluates the adversaries' strengths and weaknesses, stressing in particular the shortcomings of the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Army. He argues convincingly that Guadalcanal was the turning point in the Pacific--not least because it proved that the U.S. armed forces could meet their enemy in adversity and prevail. Recommended for all World War II collections.- D.E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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