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Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor climaxed half a century of rivalry with the U.S. in the Far East. Early in this impressive history of the Pacific theater, Gailey ("Howlin' Mad" vs. the Army) thoroughly examines the roots of the conflict, the buildup of the U.S. armory during a period of isolationism and complacency and the more methodical Japanese military preparations. In the unfolding narrative of the 1941-45 conflict itself, Gailey addresses operational areas often neglected by historians, such as the central and northern Solomons campaigns and the bloody confrontation at Peleliu. He offers a fresh interpretation of the great naval battle of Midway, a turning point of the war, the use of Australian troops in New Guinea?a campaign he calls "an unnecessary offensive that did little more than showcase the valor and determination of the Australian soldier"?and the U.S. Army/Marine Corps dispute on Saipan. Finally, he describes preparations for the dreaded invasion of the Japanese home islands, during which the planners simultaneously tried to create strategies to make it unnecessary. Gailey has written a solid account of the Pacific war. Illustrations.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this comprehensive one-volume history, Gailey attempts to chronicle the entire Pacific conflict, starting with an examination of the events leading up to World War II and a comparison of Japanese and American societies, economies, military doctrines, and planning. This discussion is crucial to an understanding of the events that follow. The book covers all the significant actions of the Pacific theater, from the early Allied defeats to the last Japanese death throes, candidly discussing the behind-the-scenes Allied bickering and backbiting as well as the Japanese emperor's refusal to involve himself in daily governmental decisions, thereby needlessly prolonging the war. Also discussed here are the relative merits and shortcomings of the training and equipment of all sides. Numerous multivolume works exist on this subject, but as a single-volume work this ranks with John Costellos's The Pacific War (LJ 12/1/81). Recommended for all collections.?David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (August 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXOOK6
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By markm on September 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with this book. Considering that it was published in 1995, I was shocked at the amount of out-of-date and incorrect information it contained. You would be better off purchasing the biased but informative volumes written by Morrison. In fact, this book is little more than a rehash of previous works.
I was particularly struck by blatant errors contained in this book. Three examples will suffice:
1. The reference on page 195 (paperback version) to the Japanese Battleship 'Kumano.' There was no such ship. There was a 'cruiser' of that name however.
2. The everchanging description of the Japanese Battleship 'Ise.' Page 153: it's a 'battleship.' On Page 354 it's a 'half-carrier.' On page 363 it's a 'converted battleship.' And on page 478 it's a 'battleship' again. This may seem minor but it indicates a complete ignorance on the part of the author that the ship was modified ONCE with a deck added in place of the aft 14" gun turrets. This was not explained and an uninformed reader may be confused or assume that there is more than one 'Ise.' It also raises the possibility that the author's research in some places goes little beyond quoting other sources uncritically.
3. The bizarre restating of the since-discredited (or at least now much in doubt) theory that the American submarine 'Nautilus' sank the Japanese Carrier 'Soryu' during the battle of Midway. This was shocking to me since one of the books listed in the bibliography lays to rest this apparently false notion (Fuchida's 'Midway' which the author should have read-- he clearly didn't). It was the 'Kaga' the sub attempted to torpedo: and the torpedos all failed to detonate or hit the carrier. NOTE: Part of the 'Kaga's' remains have been located in the Pacific. The 'Soryu' may be near-by...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2005
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This is a great book if you are looking for general or in-depth history on WW2 in the Pacific.It gives great details on all the land and sea battles in the Pacific and gives the reader info on what was happening in the Imperial High Command of Japan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RFB on December 6, 2012
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this is the first book that i have read that covers the whole Pacific War. It also covers battles that where not as publicized as the major ones that we are familiar with. You learn about the politics and personalities that were involved with managing the war and towards the end how Japan wanting to end it with terms that were more advantage to them. Overall I was well please with the book
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