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on March 4, 2016
This book will show you important facts about WW II, that you are unlikely to find in other history books.. imagination was not shone in the writing of this. An incredible amount of time must have been spent involved in the research for facts and figures. If you are a history buff, you will want to read this book.
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on October 28, 2015
Anything by Evan Mawdsley is worth reading. It is well written and he approaches things from a slightly different perspective. Excellent.
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on August 12, 2014
Any history buff will love this book. It takes you behind the scenes day by day in the days just before Pearl Harbor and gives original source information about what Hitler and his generals, the Russians, the Japanese and the Brits were thinking and doing.
Nobody really knew much. A few in the American military considered that Pearl Harbor could be a target, but it was way down on everybody's list, including Hitler's. He didn't have any idea that Japan was going to attack America at all. He thought the Japanese build-up in the East was aimed at the British and Dutch colonies in Asia. What all these disparate groups thought about everything was, more often than not...totally about the fog of war.
An original and fascinating approach to the history of WWII.
Not to be confused with the Craig Shirley book, of almost the same name...also at Amazon....and not recommended by me, at all.
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on January 5, 2013
I have not read anything quite like this, with a day-by-day series of chapters. I like it; it takes me back to right after Pearl Harbor when my eight-year-old self was following the radio news and reading all the newspapers and trying to make sense of things. The author includes enough before and after information to pad out the twelve days on which he concentrates then briefly summarizes things with a wrapup chapter. I would like to see a whole series of books done in this way on the war, covering 10-15 day increments. Unfortunately that would require nearly 200 books, so it will have to remain my daydream. One trivial nitpick: on p.65 he describes the USS Ranger as a "big" aircraft carrier. In fact it was America's smallest (and slowest) carrier. The book is marred by 34 pages of "Notes" at the end, about 50% of which contain textual information that should have been on the appropriate pages as FOOTnotes. It seems to be useless to continue to rant about this reader-hostile practice, still, whenever I encounter it, I am henceforth going to retaliate by a one-star lowering of the rating I would otherwise give a book. (It is only in an unindexed note that the author accurately describes Douglas MacArthur as a "pompous windbag".)
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on November 19, 2012
One of the best most. Had never found the story of what happen with Mc Arthur before. had just read his planes were caught on the ground.
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