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The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Marston
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..".[Edited] by Daniel Marston, a historian currently in Afghanistan training NATO forces in the history of counterinsurgency tactics. The book is a reprint of a critically acclaimed anthology of scholarly essays that give a comprehensive account of the war in the Pacific." -"Publisher's Weekly" (March 2010)
"Osprey is reissuing its 2005 publication, "The""Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima," edited by Daniel Marston, in a handsome paperback edition." -"Library Journal "(March 2010)
"A fine collection of essays by a dozen experts, including Dennis Showalter, Ken Kotani, Richard Frank, Raymond Callahan, Maj. Bruce Gudmundsson and Col. Joseph Alexander." -"World War II Magazine "(May/June 2010)
Included in the Shelf Awareness round-up of Pacific War titles. -"Shelf Awareness "(March 8, 2010)
"Edited by Daniel Marston, "The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima" is a collection of essays written by various historians that, collectively, describes

Review

..".[Edited] by Daniel Marston, a historian currently in Afghanistan training NATO forces in the history of counterinsurgency tactics. The book is a reprint of a critically acclaimed anthology of scholarly essays that give a comprehensive account of the war in the Pacific." -"Publisher's Weekly" (March 2010)
"Osprey is reissuing its 2005 publication, "The""Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima," edited by Daniel Marston, in a handsome paperback edition." -"Library Journal "(March 2010)
"A fine collection of essays by a dozen experts, including Dennis Showalter, Ken Kotani, Richard Frank, Raymond Callahan, Maj. Bruce Gudmundsson and Col. Joseph Alexander." -"World War II Magazine "(May/June 2010)
Included in the Shelf Awareness round-up of Pacific War titles. -"Shelf Awareness "(March 8, 2010)
"Edited by Daniel Marston, "The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima" is a collection of essays written by various historians that, collectively, describes

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1750 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; New edition edition (12 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W7CM7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, smooth and ejoyable to read 24 Dec 2005
Format:Hardcover
This book is highly recommened for anyone who is interested in the Pacific campaign during WWII. It is a smooth read (unlike many books by Osprey which, albeit sublime, may overwhelm the reader with too many facts, names and numbers in too few pages), and informative, nonetheless.
Perhaps they should have included more diagrams, tables and maps with facts and figures, as they usually do in their regular books, to help the reader ascertain quickly the situation, developemnt and outcome of the battles and campaigns. Someone wanting to know the names of the Japanese carriers sunk in Midway or their commanders' will have to read the article in order to know them. In the Campaign Midway 1942 Osprey book, however, the Order of Battle is present, making things easy.
Apart from that, I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 July 2010
By A. Horner VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having watched "The Pacific" series on Sky I realised how little I knew about the war against the Japanese, so I looked around for a reasonable book. There were many to choose from but this one was a great choice. Each chapter is a section in its own right written by a leading historical authority and covers all angles including Japanese foreign policy, the in-fighting between the various arms and services of the US military and some great overviews of the strategy and campaigns. The book is very factual and if you're looking for great detail about individual battles and campaigns then this is not for you, but as a summary of the whole war in the Pacific it takes a lot of beating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The whole compass of the Pacific War explained 21 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
All I knew about the Pacific war is in the title: Pearl Harbour and Hiroshima, but with a few oft-heard locations such as Guadalcanal and Midway in between. Having recently seen "The Pacific" mini-series, and realising how abysmally ignorant I was a) about this heroic struggle and b) the geographical locations, I looked up the vast amount of related material on the web. But then I wanted more detail and looked for a book. "The Pacific War Companion" is what I chose.

I made the right decision. This collection of essays includes a study of the 19th century origins of the US Japan conflict (and at last provides me with an explanation of the attack on Pearl Harbour). It also explains how the creed of Bushido, an obdurate belief in the outdated modes of warfare like the Banzai charge (these had been successful earlier in the century), a misguided view that Americans would be unwilling to take them on and an appalling lack of fallback planning, eventually scuppered the Japanese. From there the course of the war is logically laid out, the principal characters like Yamomoto, Nimitz, Spruance etc. are introduced, decisions are justified (in some cases condemned) and the heroism abundantly (and justly) recorded.

I've heard it said that in war, the winners are the ones who make least mistakes. The Americans had an enemy who made continual tactical and strategical errors. But it is clear from this history that the Americans not only had a few Japanese bungles and an enormous military-industrial base, but that their soldiers and commanders (backed by the US population) were highly motivated, smart and courageous. And luck was on their side on several critical occasions.

I feel I've now had the whole compass of the Pacific war explained, and for anyone similarly curious, recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 11 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A book that feels like a series of lectures rather than one long story,interesting facts and as the title suggests will be a fine companion to further Pacific war reading
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