- Publisher: United States Government Printing (October 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0160019125
- ISBN-13: 978-0160019128
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,150,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Command Decisions Hardcover – October, 1984
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Among the command decisions included in the book: The Germany First decision by the US; Japan's Decision for war with the US; the OVERLORD versus the Mediterranean Anglo-US strategy dispute; and the Allied Decision to Stop at the Elbe River in 1945. Some topics are still controversial: The Decision to Evacuate Japanese nationals from the West Coast; the Decision to Launch Operation MARKET-GARDEN ("A Bridge Too Far"); and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb on Japan in 1945.
World War II scholarship and its interpretation have progressed since 1960, but these essays stand the test of time fairly well. The respective historians had the benefit of access to archives and to participants in the decision-making processes. "Command Decisions" is very highly recommended to the general reader and the student of the Second World War.
Enemy decisions to invade Norway, to attack Pearl Harbor, how to defend Italian territory after Italy surrendered and to counter attack in the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) are individually examined in great detail. This is a scholarly work that only military history buffs would enjoy.