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Halsey's Bluff Paperback – August 16, 2008
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About the Author
BRADLEY J. BIRZER is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, Michigan, where he teaches courses on the American West, Native Americans, and Jacksonian America. He is the former editor of Montana: The Magazine of Western History and Western Historical Quarterly.
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Top Customer Reviews
Halsey's Bluff centers largely on the Battle of Midway that didn't happen, but very likely could have happened. Instead of the "Miracle at Midway" in June 1942, the U.S. and Japanese carrier fleets battle to something of a draw, but with the enemy's Midway invasion force left unhindered. Midway is overrun, the U.S. carrier fleet is in a shambles, and little stands between the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy and Hawaii or even America's west coast. With scant fleet units at their disposal, Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, and Spruance come up with a desperate gamble that can only succeed if the renowned supreme commander of the Japanese Combined Fleet can be snookered into a trap. It is a fascinating tale, with nonstop action that keeps the reader turning page after page until the very end.
This review is based on an early copy of the book, which unfortunately suffers from an inordinate number of typographical or structural errors that should have been fixed with a final proofread. Because of that, I rate the copy that I've seen at four and a half stars, which this system displays as five. However, the author advises that the publisher allows post-publication edits to a released book, so anyone buying Halsey's Bluff after reading this can expect the bulk of such errors to have been fixed. And in any case,they won't bother the casual fan of wartime history novels, who can expect a thoroughly captivating read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... in a historically and technically accurate context as to how the alternate history could have transpired. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Scott M. Kozel
This was a Christmas present for my husband who was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the 1950's. He's reading it right now and is about half way through. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Books, Books, Books
Technical and detailed story. Not the most in-depth characters, but that isn't why you buy these books.
Very believable and easy read.