- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (4 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847323928
- ISBN-13: 978-1847323927
- Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 3.6 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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War in the Pacific 1941-1945 (Treasures and Experiences Series) Hardcover – 4 Mar 2010
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I am especially impressed by the inclusion of facsimiles of period documents and publications. Having read the military records of my grandfather's WWII Army battalion, I can say there is something uniquely immediate and enlightening about reading such primary source material. "Andrew Brozyna, 519th Port Bn in WWII, 519thportbn.com (March 2010)" ...the reproductions of the various historical records makes flipping through book an uniquely fun experience, and makes the book a fine conversation piece for the living room coffee table. "C. Peter Chen, World War II Database, ww2db.com (April 2010)" With a foreword by Dale Dye, this stunningly designed coffee-table piece boasts 20 facsimile documents (from Roosevelt's draft of his post-Pearl Harbor speech to Maine messages and battle reports) with precis by a leading historian. "World War II Magazine (May/June 2010)" War in the Pacific: 1941 1945 by noted British historian Richard Overy, [is] an unusual visual compilation that uses text, photographs, and facsimile documents to produce a historical account of the war. "Publisher's Weekly (March 2010)" The book is a good piece of history and it's graphic. "Dale Dye, Senior Military Advisor on the set of HBO's "The Pacific"" Richard Overy's companion to the HBO series The Pacific isn't just a book, it's a collection of facsimile documents, such as the order to General MacArthur to abandon the Philippines, the 'Pocket Guide to Australia' issued to US soldiers, and a battle report from Iwo Jima. "Entertainment Weekly (March 2010)" It is fascinating visual and archival material presented in an innovative way... War in the Pacific 1941-1945 has the feel of a museum exhibit and serves primarily to whet the appetite of the viewer to study the events portrayed in greater detail... It is historical eye candy. "Stephen Frater, Herald Tribune (February 2010)" Filled with dramatic photographs, detailed maps, and reproductions of contemporary documents, Richard Overy's handsome, coffee-table-style volume provides an attention-grabbing introduction to War in the Pacific... Well-written, two-page chapters offer overviews of Imperial Japan, Pearl Harbor, and each of the major operations from the Battle of Coral Sea to Okinawa, ending with the deployment of atomic bombs and the Japanese surrender... An array of facsimile documents, many of which are removable, include official military dispatches and casualty reports, a draft of President Roosevelt's post-Pearl Harbor address to Congress (with hand-written changes), a Pocket Guide to Australia issued to U.S. Army and Navy forces, a letter from General MacArthur to his wife, and more. These realistic-looking records--with their yellowed-with age pages and 'Declassified' stamps--will create a powerful sense of propinquity for students. "School Library Journal (April 2010)" ... a new slipcased assemblage of facsimile documents, maps, and memorabilia, by Richard Overy, with a foreword by the senior military advisor to the HBO series. Osprey refers to it as a coffee-table book, but it really is far more a product for hands-on learning and manipulation of removable ephemera. "Library Journal (March 2010)"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter, is a world-renowned historian and an expert on the history of the Second World War and the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships. He has won five prizes for his published work, including in 2005 the Wolfson prize for History.
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The text has a scrapbook (or maybe government file) quality with color maps, photos, and historic objects to illustrate the story. Each military operation receives a two page spread. There are four or five paragraphs of descriptive text and about seven photos with descriptive captions. Mini biographies of military commanders stand out from the main text, appearing as if they are on cards with paper clipped portraits.
I am especially impressed by the inclusion of facsimiles of period documents and publications. Having read the military records of my grandfather's WWII Army battalion, I can say there is something uniquely immediate and enlightening about reading such primary source material. The book is bound with three pockets holding copies of telling documents such as: a December 8, 1941 telegram from the US Commander-in-Chief Pacific Area warning naval units of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR's notes for his speech to Congress, pages from several battle reports, radio message transcripts, a letter from General MacArthur, and the Japanese Instrument of surrender which ended the war.
Also included is a full copy of the March 9, 1944 issue of Yank Magazine, a propaganda poster, a big pull-out map of the Battle of Midway, and a pocket guide to Australia which was issued to US forces to familiarize them with their allies.
Table of Contents:
Operations Map: Japanese Expansion
Blitzkrieg in Asia
Corregidor: Fall of the Philippines
Battle of Coral Sea
Battle of Midway
Battle for the Solomons
Operations Map 1943
Operation "Cartwheel": War for New Guinea
Island Hopping in the Pacific: Gilbert and Marshall Islands
Operations Map 1944
Marianas: Defiance to the Death
Battle of the Philippine Sea
Battle of Peleliu
Recapture of the Philippines
Battle of Leyte Gulf
Operations Map 1945
Firebombing of Tokyo
The Atomic Bombs
The chapters - which begin with "Imperial Japan," end with "The Japanese Surrender" and cover every major battle in between -- are only two pages long (10 inch by 11 inch pages, that is) and consist of concisely informative text along with a plethora of sidebars and photographs.
For example, the chapter regarding the protracted battle for the island of Peleliu has a timeline, sidebars on both Major General William Rupertus (the commander of the 1st Marine Division which initiated the US assault) and Captain Everett Pope (whose company of Marines captured "Hill 100"), and two photographs of the initial invasion (one showing the landing craft under fire before landing ashore and another showing the "alligator" vehicles and the Marines just arriving on the beach). There is also a photograph of some marines advancing on the beach (very slowly, according to the text which mentions the strong Japanese defenses), another of an unnamed Marine who bears a haunted expression (the text mentions that the battle cost the US nearly 2,000 casualties and more than 8,000 wounded), a contemporary photograph of the weapon used by the US Marines during the battle (an M1919 Browning machine gun), and one photograph showing the devastation the battle wreaked on the island. The chapter also contains a detailed color photograph of a Navy Cross, the highest US Navy decoration, which was awarded to 69 participants in the Peleliu battle.
Other chapters include short biographies of Japanese commanders.
The book also contains two folders of historical treasures: a plethora of facsimile documents directly related to the conflict, including desperate radio messages sent from Iwo Jima, a telegram addressed to the naval units in the Hawaii area regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor ("AIRRAID ON PEARHARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL"), and a letter written by General MacArthur to his wife just before he set out to liberate the Philippines. Of especial note is the first draft of Roosevelt's "Date of Infamy" speech where the reader can see - among other things -- that the man himself scratched out the banal words "world history" and replaced them with compelling and unforgettable word "infamy."
Also included is a copy of the Central Pacific edition of "Yank" magazine (a widely circulated weekly made available to all servicemen overseas during WWII), a "Pocket Guide to Australia" (issued to servicemen serving under MacArthur), and a poster advertising a US loan drive. Within the text are several helpful maps as well.
In his foreword, Captain Dale A. Dye (senior military advisor for the related HBO special) mentions that the war in the Pacific has been "overshadowed by the more accessible and understandable campaigns in Europe." He hopes that with the publication of "War in the Pacific" that "some much-needed light [will be shed] on the service and sacrifice of the gallant men and women who served in the Pacific War." Richard Overy's book should go a long way towards making that happen: it's an excellent introduction for those with no prior knowledge of the conflicts and at the same time, alluring eye candy for those already familiar with it.
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