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About the Author

LARRY SCHWEIKART is a professor of history at the University of Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of several books on Western history and finance. Schweikart has also contributed articles and essays to numerous books and magazines.
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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: American Patriot (August 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605301299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605301297
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,875,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Schweikart, a former rock drummer who opened for "Steppenwolf," is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. In addition to some of the books mentioned here, he has authored over 50 academic articles, dozens of book reviews, and has been a regular guest on "Fox and Friends."

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Very exciting and plausible variation of history starting with small differences in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As it progresses to larger, yet believable, alternatives that occurred during the Battle of the Coral Sea, the stage is set for Midway. Tension heightens as Yamamoto and Nagumo prepare for the Midway battle more effectively than they did in "real history." Without giving too much away, Midway and its immediate aftermath reach colossal proportions, becoming even more epic than what actually occured in history. Warning -- this is a very difficult book to put down before finishing.
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Great book! I am now including Larry Schweikart on my favorite authors list! Halsey's Bluff puts you in the Admiral's "War Room" on both sides of the conflict as an observer. This "alternate ending" to the Battle of Midway and subsequent action on America's West Coast is gripping and hard to put down. Schweikart's counter-factual account is plausible and drives home how our victory at the Battle of Midway keyed on the surprise arrival of the previously damaged carrier Yorktown and it's dive bombers undoubtedly saved the US Naval fleet in the Pacific. Well written.
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Exciting, very well written and fast paced fiction of the growing counterfactual genre. Twists and turns that are unexpected. With a historians insight on the many "what if..." of the early months of War in the Pacific when both battles and the War hung by a few thin threads. A great read.
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Full disclosure: this reviewer had a hand in creating Halsey's Bluff, as one of the author's consultants for U.S. Navy terminology and protocols, plus some help with editing. That said, the story itself is entirely the author's, who gets credit for one of the most intriguing "what if" postulations about World War II in the Pacific that anyone has ever conceived.

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.
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