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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Simon & Schuster Pbk. Ed edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743269292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743269292
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Traces the campaigns waged by Allied forces against the Japanese during World War II, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Very good general history of Pacific War 9 Mar. 2005
By Edwin B. Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Published to coincide with the History Channel broadcast of the same title, and based on The Story of World War II, which was in turn Miller's revision and update of Henry Steele Commager's book of the same name. Miller is a much-published history professor and PBS host. Although the title refers to the 127 separate over-the-beach operations that occurred in the Pacific theater, he spends most of his effort on a relatively small number of familiar names-Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Peleliu, Okinawa. Good section on the B-29 raids, with many quotes from General Curtis LeMay. Miller's discussion of the decision to use the atomic bomb, with the war aims, fears, and political intentions surrounding it, concentrates on the soldiers in the theater who expected a bloody and suicidal struggle on the home islands, and were eager to do anything to avoid it. The author has a remarkable narrative flair and a fine eye for the detail that makes history come alive. Effective use of first-person accounts. Nothing new here, but a fine introduction to the war in the Pacific. Extensive bibliography. Well worth the purchase as a reasonably short and accessible history.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Best account of the human side of the war in the Pacific 15 July 2006
By Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
D-days in the Pacific is the most accurate account of the war in the Pacific. I particularly enjoyed the personal accounts of the soldiers and the effects of the war that could only be told by the men who fought it. Donald Miller does a wonderful job of blending the human aspect along with the historical facts to make D-Days in the Pacific a great story for anyone who's interested in history.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely engrossing 22 April 2010
By B. M. Gould - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have the 4th edition of "D-Days in the Pacific," which I am hugely enjoying reading.
I don't find the errors a reviewer on this site wrote that he was "astonished" to find.
Looking at the few he mentions I am guessing they could've been typo's or printer's errors, and obviously they've been corrected.

Mr. Miller's body of work speaks for itself (i.e., "The Story of World War II", "City of the Century", "Masters of the Air", "Lewis Mumford: A Life"). I have read them all. His prose is beautifully crafted, absolutely gripping, a pleasure to read and incredibly factual. He crafts his writing much like another favorite author of mine, William Manchester. And with encomiums from the likes of David McCullough, James Bradley, Joseph E. Persico, Geoffrey Ward and Walter Boyne I don't need to think twice about Mr. Miller's veracity

I highly recommend "D-Days in the Pacific."

Michael Gould
Bedford, Hills, NY
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Fantastic Introduction 6 Mar. 2010
By Nesmuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just picked up this book because I read that the author is an historical consultant for the HBO upcoming series The Pacific. Miller's book is the only general account of the Pacific that reinforces the stark realism of the narrative describing the unusually-savage fighting, by using first-hand accounts of the same eyewitnesses used in the HBO series.

Perhaps I have a different edition than the reviewer who claims that D-Days in the Pacific has many factual errors because I could find none that he cited.

For those looking for an introduction to the war in the Pacific, D-Days in the Pacific is an excellent choice.
The book well illustrated with has photographs as well as maps that help the reader understand the brutal and vast nature of this conflict. D-Days deserves a wide readership. Historians, students, and the general populace too will find it compelling.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Must Have 9 Feb. 2009
By Ben Kuhn - Published on Amazon.com
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Chronicles with great detail the various amphibious operations in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Includes many first hand accounts from the men who were there to give the book more of a personal feeling about what combat was like. Begins with the attack on Pearl Harbor then discusses nearly all of the battles, including Tarawa and Iwo Jima, up until the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. A must have book for anyone interested in the Pacific Theatre.
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