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The detailing of the end of the war is quite well done, but admittedly the accounts from the Japanese are very anecdotal. I appreciate Hastings views in regard of Okinawa bringing to light its role in the use of the atomic bombs. I like Hastings analysis for the most part. That Truman's decision to end the war with nuclear weapons was indeed justifiable is refreshing, especially from the modern histories, which are notoriously unrealistic in their estimation of what was possible in 1945.
The war from the Japanese side was really anecdotal. Hastings even admits that the sources from Japan are notoriously unreliable, but I would have liked to get more information from the Japanese archives if any exist. That is really my only problem with the book, and I suppose that is something that Hastings could not control.
Highly recommended by this avid follower of the great WWII historian Max Hastings
Certainly there are opinions expressed: that MacArthur was an overrated preening hack, that the Philippines campaign was a costly distraction from the end goal, that Halsey was out of position at Leyte Gulf. All these opinions have mainstream support, but there are those who would disagree.
Well worth reading.
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