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Miracle at Midway Paperback – November 17, 1983
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Dennis Holland is a voice actor with an extensive background from commercials for Lucky Charms, Sam Adams, Panasonic, American Express, and others, to audiobooks by authors such as Anita Shreve, William Gibson, and Douglas Brinkley. He previously worked as a talent representative for television sports and news personalities.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Kidding aside, I really enjoyed the book. The authors pulled no punches. Although the valor and bravery of the outnumbered and outgunned American forces were commendable, they committed mistakes, and the book did a very thorough job of documenting them. However, it was clear that the mistakes the Japanese committed were far greater both in number and consequence, starting with the battle plan itself. The Japanese tried to accomplish three goals simultaneously: the invasion of Midway, an invasion of the Aleutian Islands, and the destruction of the American Navy by drawing the entire Pacific Fleet into a decisive engagement with a far superior Japanese force. Yet, the Aleutian operation was also intended as a feint by a relatively weak force that would draw US forces away from Midway. So the question is how were the Japanese going to destroy the American Fleet at Midway by drawing it into the Aleutian Islands? Most historians credit breaking the Japanese code as the determining factor in the Battle of Midway, but it's hard to imagine that this battle plan would have succeeded in any event with so many parts and such conflicting objectives.
I recommend the book, although it is not a particularly easy read. There were quite a few typographical errors, which could have been just in the Kindle version. The glossary of abbreviations in the Appendix was not very useful in the Kindle edition, because it's almost impossible to navigate back and forth between it and the main body of the book. This left me scratching my head quite a few times over the meanings of some of the mote cryptic abbreviations. For those reasons, I gave tue book only four stars instead of five.