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Eagle Against The Sun: The American War With Japan (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 11 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; 2nd Revised edition edition (11 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304359793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304359790
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Spector has done the impossible and done it, with dazzling brilliance. Mining a warehouse of material with absolute control, he has produced a superbly readable, insightful, gripping, unbiased one-volume history of the American-Japanese war that is at the same time a glorious celebration of the American spirit."
-- Clay Blair. front page. The Washington Post Book World
" The best one-volume history of that complex conflict... No other presents as balanced a view or provides such terse and searching analyses not only of the great battles but of half-forgotten aspects, such as the impact of blacks and female participants on the services...No future book on the Pacific war will be written without paying due tribute to Eagle Against The Sun."
-- Drew Middleton, The New York Times
" Clear, coherent, effective...this is an excellent book... likely to be for a long time to come the standard, comprehensive history of the Pacific Ocean War." -- Russell E Weighley, Temple University.

"Spector has done the impossible and done it, with dazzling brilliance. Mining a warehouse of material with absolute control, he has produced a superbly readable, insightful, gripping, unbiased one-volume history of the American-Japanese war that is at the same time a glorious celebration of the American spirit."
-- Clay Blair. front page. The Washington Post Book World
"The best one-volume history of that complex conflict... No other presents as balanced a view or provides such terse and searching analyses not only of the great battles but of half-forgotten aspects, such as the impact of blacks and female participants on the services...No future book on the Pacific war will be written without paying due tribute to Eagle Against The Sun."
-- Drew Middleton, The New York Times
"Clear, coherent, effective...this is an excellent book... likely to be for a long time to come the standard, comprehensive history of the Pacific Ocean War." -- Russell E Weighley, Temple University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The definitive account of the 1941-45 war in the Pacific between the United States and Japan

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By A Customer on 25 July 1999
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Reading about the Pacific War in the new WWII novel, "The Triumph and the Glory", spurred me into exploring the topic further, so I picked up a copy of "Eagle Against the Sun" and was very impressed. It is solidly researched, very readable, all in all one of the better history volumes about the great struggle in the Pacific between the United States and Imperial Japan.
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Many people will overlook this book in preference for the more well- known 'Nemesis' by Sir Max Hastings . This is a mistake . Both books represent superb writing . Hastings work only covers the last year of the conflict however, whereas Spector writes about the full duration of the war against Japan . Eagle against the Sun is history writing of the very highest order . As an aside , Spectors treatment of MacArthur is diplomatic ; MacArthur was an egotistical martinet who hampered Americas war effort against the Japanese , Spector cannot quite bring himself to say this .
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I am not a "big" reader, maybe only 3 or 4 books a year and tend to pick my books wisely,(usually via online recommendations). For me this book surpassed most reviews. Spector brings this huge period of the war back to life with an exciting and vivid writing style that had me racing from page to page. Highly recommended.
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Eagle Against the Sun is a problematic book to review now. Certainly is well written (even the evident bias of professor Spector against MacArthur is not to pronounced) and certainly well argued, for 1984 yet when the author moves from strategic problems to operational or tactical ones the book is lacking. In discussing individual battles Spector is not at ease as in discussing broad strategy, yet sometime he wants to use specific examples (often wrongly described) to support broader conclusion. The book is also showing its age and reliance on problematic sources. One of spector book is that he never cross checked his sources and tend to use uncomfirmed statements (I hate when he said "one american officer said..." often in conjunction to criticism) or statment long proven false (Fuchida or Kelly Turner for example).

There are two main drawbacks, the first is the over reliance on airpower (sadly the actual hit rate of air dropped ordonance in WW2 was marginal); the second is the claim that the duel drive was dangeorus. While it is a fair claim he never supported it fully and its two examples (Rabaul and Biak) can also be used to support the view that indeed the dual dirve was forcing the japanese to divide their attention and never being effective against a single one.

He has also problem on weapon technology and these problems were inexcusable even at the time. He continually claims that the Wildcat was inferior in every respect to the Zero (except one could add in armor, armament and dive speed), that the F6F Hellcat has been designed base on the Zero captured in the Aleutines (the F6F flew before the Zero was captured) or that american naval weaponry was inferior to Japanese one, especially when torpedoes were concerned.
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Eagle against the Sun by Ronald H. Spector is a very good book dealing with the Pacific War from an American point of view. It is well-written, fast-paced, opionated and insightful and provides a lot of detail on certain events. Although it suffers from the usual problems associated with single volume works dealing with such a broad topic it barely detracts from the work. Overall, this is a very good book.
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