- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Potomac Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1574889249
- ISBN-13: 978-1574889246
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 523 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway Reprint Edition
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However, the Kindle version is terrible. The photos and drawings would probably have been very interesting if they were provided at a reasonable resolution. They were not. Pictures of ships were just mostly a gray blur. And I am talking about the zoomed up images. You might think that this was because of the camera technology available in 1942 but you would be wrong. Many of the illustrations and tables that were produced by the authors were also unreadable. I will grant that some were readable but just barely. It seriously detracted from enjoyment of the book.
Even more annoying was that any character in the text that used anything other than a standard ASCII character was replaced by a tiny little digital image of the character. For instance, the character "ô" would be displayed using a tiny little picture of an ô that made the names of ships and other Japanese terms extremely difficult to read. The ship name "Sôryô" would appear like "S.ry.". You would need a magnifying glass to see it. This was very annoying to say the least.
There is no technical excuse for this. I don't need super hi-res graphics but super low-res is inexcusable. What modern system can't support characters with accents, carets and tildes? I felt like I was reading this on my first computer an Apple II!
If Amazon did the digitization they did a very bad service to the authors and the readers of this important book. If it was done by the publisher than it just continues to demonstrate the loathing they hold for e-book buyers.
The only "bad" thing is that the core portion of the book abruptly ends at around 65%...the rest is all supporting material and appendix. I haven't had enough! :)
The bottom line is, if you are genuinely intrigued in this epic battle, and are especially curious about the "non-familiar half" of the story, look no further.