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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083829
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Pacific War. To start the book, Professor Dennis Showalter provided an excellent first essay that introduced the readers the initial expansion of the Japanese Empire in the early 1900s and how Japan's regionalism led to the war in China starting in 1937 and the war in the Pacific starting in 1941... an excellent gide to those who knew the basics of the Pacific War but looked for something a bit deeper." -C Peter Chen, "World War 2 Database / ww2db.com "(March 2010) "This one-volume overview of the Pacific War is a must for any history buff's personal library. It further benefits students in gaining understanding of the war period." - "WWII History" (September 2010) Reviews of previous editions: "This book, edited by Daniel Marston, is a compilation of thirteen very well written essays by group of very knowledgable historians... Overall, a good read and a good overall Pacific War source." -John D Burtt, "Paper Wars" (August 2008)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Angel Verbo on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Solihull on 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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Horner VINE VOICE on 2 July 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anselm on 16 Feb. 2013
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Osprey is a publisher usually associated with war gaming and modelling and their associated topics - individual campaigns, weapons and uniforms. How intriguing, then, to see them publish a collection of essays by various authors on such a wide-ranging topic. What kind of a fist would they make of it? So I flicked through the Table of Contents. A minute after I saw H.P. Willmott's name as a contributor, it was on my Kindle. More of that shortly.

This book suffers from the two almost inevitable drawbacks attendant on this genre. The first is uneven coverage of its topic. It is by no means meant to be a comprehensive history of the Pacific War, let alone an exhaustive one, but even so it could arguably have done with a couple more chapters. A previous reviewer has instanced the lack of an essay on China. I agree, but the publishers might argue that the book's subject is the Pacific War, which doesn't include the war on the Asian mainland that had been raging on and off for a decade before Pearl Harbor. Fair enough, I suppose. But this line of reasoning surely distorts the conflict by dealing only with those bits of it that concerned the Western allies. In American consciousness the war was about avenging Pearl Harbor. It was thus truly the "Pacific" war - that is to say, predominantly a naval one, whose salient actions were the ones that marked the American route across the ocean towards Japan, from Midway to Okinawa. For the British it was about empire, and primarily about India; the evocative names for them included Singapore, the Arakan, Imphal and Kohima.

But surely no conflict can make sense without considering it from the standpoint of the party that started it - that is to say, with the one that has the initiative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ernieblackjack on 2 Nov. 2014
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Difficult to say for whom this book is intended.
It gives brief insights into various aspects of the Pacific War - therefore the title says it all.
If these snippets stimulate the reader into delving deeper, then it will have achieved its purpose.
I'm not sure that the book offers anything as a stand-alone.
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