The Ultimate Battle and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.00
  • Save: $4.55 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it tomorrow, April 18? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by tuffystreasures
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: liquid damage to the first page... writing on the inside cover...No writing/highlighting present with spine/cover creases
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945--The Last Epic Struggle of World War II Paperback


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.45
$4.19 $1.98

Frequently Bought Together

The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945--The Last Epic Struggle of World War II + Brotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944--The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War + With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
Price for all three: $34.36

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743292472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743292474
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Bill Sloan has a real feel for the human side of this horrific drama. He suggests there can never be such a battle again, and by the time you've finished reading, you will pray he's right. A powerful, moving book." -- Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945

"Bill Sloan's The Ultimate Battle is the Okinawa book I've been waiting for. You actually feel like you're with the GIs and Marines as they storm Japanese bastions, and on American ships as the kamikaze attacks are unleashed. A very harrowing, well written World War II classic." -- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

"Memory of an epic battle that altered history has begun to fade. Yet, the fighting for Okinawa was so ferocious that it influenced America's decision to use the atomic bomb. If Japan would fight so furiously for an island outpost, what would an invasion of the mainland cost? Bill Sloan answers that question in this close-up, you-are-there account of the Pacific war's ultimate struggle. Battle reportage at its finest." -- Joseph E. Persico, author of Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918

"Gripping. Authoritative. Masterfully told. I cannot praise this book highly enough." -- Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

"The Ultimate Battle is a compelling, immensely evocative story of one of the largest, most fiercely fought battles in American history. Here is that gigantic struggle, the defining battle of the Pacific War, seen primarily through the experiences of the sailors, soldiers, and airmen who suffered through it. This is a terrific work." -- Donald L. Miller, author of Masters of the Air and D-Days in the Pacific

"Monumental.... The Ultimate Battle is the ultimate book about heroism, death, and sacrifice.... A definite 'must-read.'" -- WWII History

"Strikingly graphic and brutally honest, Sloan's picture of the struggle for Okinawa comes as close as any book has to conveying the campaign's horrors." -- Eric Ethier, America in WWII magazine

"Remarkable and stirring...Outstanding...Highly valuable and significant." -- Glen Sper, The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger

Review

"Bill Sloan has a real feel for the human side of this horrific drama. He suggests there can never be such a battle again, and by the time you've finished reading, you will pray he's right. A powerful, moving book."-- Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945

"Bill Sloan's The Ultimate Battle is the Okinawa book I've been waiting for. You actually feel like you're with the GIs and Marines as they storm Japanese bastions, and on American ships as the kamikaze attacks are unleashed. A very harrowing, well written World War II classic."-- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

"Memory of an epic battle that altered history has begun to fade. Yet, the fighting for Okinawa was so ferocious that it influenced America's decision to use the atomic bomb. If Japan would fight so furiously for an island outpost, what would an invasion of the mainland cost? Bill Sloan answers that question in this close-up, you-are-there account of the Pacific war's ultimate struggle. Battle reportage at its finest."-- Joseph E. Persico, author of Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918

"Gripping. Authoritative. Masterfully told. I cannot praise this book highly enough."-- Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter

"The Ultimate Battle is a compelling, immensely evocative story of one of the largest, most fiercely fought battles in American history. Here is that gigantic struggle, the defining battle of the Pacific War, seen primarily through the experiences of the sailors, soldiers, and airmen who suffered through it. This is a terrific work."-- Donald L. Miller, author of Masters of the Air and D-Days in the Pacific

"Monumental.... The Ultimate Battle is the ultimate book about heroism, death, and sacrifice.... A definite 'must-read.'" -- WWII History

"Strikingly graphic and brutally honest, Sloan's picture of the struggle for Okinawa comes as close as any book has to conveying the campaign's horrors." -- Eric Ethier, America in WWII magazine

"Remarkable and stirring...Outstanding...Highly valuable and significant." -- Glen Sper, The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
20
4 star
2
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 23 customer reviews
Hopefully a battle like this one will never happen again.
BTH
This is a very minute battlefield account, based mainly on a series of interviews with US survivors, and checking the relevant memoirs.
Joe6Pack
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in the war in the pacific.
RBROSS

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James L. Stevens on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Ultimate Battle if an outstanding work. It sees the struggle for Okinawa through the eyes of the men who did the dirty job. This approach brings home to the reader the reality of war as a dirty, heartbreaking, nerve crashing business. It also makes the reader proud of our men who went and did the job despite the horrors it involved.

jim stevens
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By California Doug on August 2, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having bought other Bill Sloan books with lots of pictures and less history, I was somewhat wary of this one.
However, this one has great action and detail, plus enough pictures to do the job. A fine account of a confusing and brutal time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on November 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Ultimate Battle by Bill Sloan is a sober account of the last great battle of World War II between the United States Marines, Navy, and Army and Imperial Japanese Forces. A two month long battle on the Japanese Island of Okinawa, this is the account of the Marines, and Army forces on land and their yard by yard clash with a determined and suicidal enemy. At sea this is the story of the last of the Kamikaze Japanese planes and how they wanted to destroy the American fleet off of Okinawa. More than 115,000 soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen on both sides were killed and 150,000 civilians were killed.
On April 1, 1945 U.S. Forces landed unopposed on Okinawa's beaches and at first their was little encounter with the enemy. That soon changed and fierce fighting and heavy casualties resulted. For nearly 3 months the U.S. had to fight almost yard by yard to capture the island. The Japanese Army made the American military pay a bloody price to capture Okinawa. The Japanese High Command on Okinawa knew that they would not win, but they wanted the U.S. to pay dearly for the capture. The Japanese convinced the civilians on the island that the Americans were going to rape, kill, and eat them and told them that suicide was a better option than capture. Unfortunately, thousands and thousands of Okinawans believed this and leapt to their deaths off of cliffs or other gruesome means rather than be captured.
This is also the story of the battle of Okinawa with a personal first hand account of the Marines and soldiers who fought it hand to hand, squad to squad and regiment by regiment. Bill Sloan presents a gripping saga of heroism and sacrifice.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe6Pack on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very minute battlefield account, based mainly on a series of interviews with US survivors, and checking the relevant memoirs. The narrative is one based on US' infantrymen and marines' concrete experiences. Their story is told fast paced and well. At the same time there none of the usual war propaganda. The horrors of the battle, the sufferings of the wounded and dying, the sacrifice of the civilians, and the fact that prisoners were hardly made by either side, are given full exposure, as it should. The whole book is of course based on American sources and the perspective is accordingly. The "Jap" remains pretty faceless and someone to be feared and shot at without qualms and without asking too many questions. Okinawan civilians in the heat of the battle all too often suffered the same fate. The battle also wiped out most of Okinawa's heritage and 1000 year old civilization.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KENBY on November 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Many of us are acquainted with Veterans of WWII, but few of us have even the foggiest concept of what these men went through in combat during the various Island campaigns. Author Bill Sloan, in this book about the battle for Okinawa, has researched, interviewed participants at all levels of command, and thoroughly documented a battle which surely amounted to "Hell on Earth" with units of the Army and Marine Corps losing up to 70-80% of their personnel, both officers and men! Remember, these were mostly 17-20 year old kids fighting and dying for their country on an Island that they had probably never heard of! And yet, in my personal experience...30 years of Active Duty as a Navy Pilot, including flying from Naha, Okinawa, followed by 12 1/2 years as a Navy Flight Simulator Instructor, I have never known any of these battle survivors to verbalize the abject horror of their experiences on the ground during this and other WWII Island battles. In this book, and several others, Author Bill Sloan has put it all together and presented us with a history lesson of which most of us have been woefully ignorant. The extent and scope of the Japanese "Kamikaze" effort, for example, was unknown to me...and I have actually known personally some of the surviving "would-be" Kamikaze pilots! This book is a must read which can easily bring tears to your eyes and, in any case, will certainly leave you in awe of what these young "ground pounders" accomplished. Ken Bjork, CDR USN (Ret.)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skip Bell on January 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an EXCELLENT book on so many levels! It provides a history of the battle for Okinawa, but it also provides a page-turning narrative of the bravery, fear, and humanity of the Soldiers and Marines who endured that battle. Bill Sloan makes a very personal narrative of the events that took place from April through July 1945 on that small Pacific Ocean island. I strongly recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0x9e034450)