The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944


The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 Author Ian W. Toll
ISBN-10 0393353206
ISBN-13 9780393353204
Year 2016-09-06
Pages 688
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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New York TimesBestseller A beautiful blend of history and prose and proves again Mr Tolls mastery of the naval war narrative Wall Street JournalThis masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific Warthe period between mid 1942 and mid 1944when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan s far flung island empire like a conquering tide concluding with Japan s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas It was the largest bloodiest most costly most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries leaving wounds that even victory could not heal Often overlooked these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War Ian W Toll s battle scenesin the air at sea and in the junglesare simply riveting He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production which was the secret of Allied victory Brilliantly researched the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accountsletters diaries debriefings and memoirsthat are the raw material of the telling details shrewd judgment and penetrating insight of this magisterial history This volumecontinuing the marvelously readable dramatic narrative San Francisco Chronicle of Pacific Cruciblemarks the second installment of the Pacific War Trilogy which will stand as the first history of the entire Pacific War to be published in at least twenty five years 32 pages of illustrations

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