- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; Reprint edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780762772858
- ISBN-13: 978-0762772858
- ASIN: 0762772859
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How They Won the War in the Pacific: Nimitz And His Admirals Paperback – November 8, 2011
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accurately describe Browning's launching of Enterprise's initial air attack, a horrible fiasco that led directly to Spruance's order to send the bombing aircraft without waiting for their escorts. That and the intervention of Spruance in a Browning/aviator dispute, allowing the aviators to carry 500 pound bombs so that they might get back to the carriers soured there relationship. They barely acknowledged each other's existence afterwards. Spruance did send a complimentary letter to Nimitz praising Browning's performance, but that was a complete contradiction of his true belief. Hoyt simply reports the letter's contents, which completely misleads the reader. It's hard to fathom why Hoyt made such a blunder. it's not as though the Spruance/Browning bad relationship was a secret. Nor was Browning's sorry performance at Midway. Hoyt does, however, clear up the "The world wonders" sentence contained in Nimitz's query to Halsey as to his position, something no other history I've read has managed to do.
Along the way, Of necessity, the reader will learn pretty much the way things progressed in the Pacific war, especially the various military options that were considered along the way. It took me a lot of starts to finish this book. I got tired of reading about the seemingly endless disputes,personality conflicts and headaches occasioned by Admiral King's seemingly endless attempts to stick his nose into Nimitz's business. Nimitz was a rock as a commander. Only Spruance seems to have been his equal. The country was certainly lucky to have had Nimitz in command in the Pacific. That comes through loud and clear. The book is certainly worth reading for any student of the Pacific war. There are a fair number of typos in the Kindle edition
that should have been caught.