- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2710 KB
- Print Length: 560 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Jun. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TV4W8I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
The maps are excellent, and on the Kindle edition are easy to enlarge and study. Crucially, they are in the right place relative to the text and so greatly add to the understanding of the work. This is easily the best book available on this absolutely critical campaign. It is quite expensive in print, and even the Kindle price is quite high. However, you get what you pay for in this case, which is a comprehensive, yet gripping read that unravels a complex conflict that ultimately had a huge strategic impact on the Pacific War. The simultaneous Guadalcanal campaign was a close run thing for example. What would have happened there if the Australians had collapsed, freeing up men and supplies for the Japanese in that desperate battle? Well, they didn't collapse and the rest, as they say, is history.
It's all horribly vivid. Makes you glad you weren't actually there.
The book provided extremely informative descriptions from the build-up to the campaign through to its conclusion. It also provides accounts from all perspectives: the politicians, high command, through the ranks to the soldiers on the ground from both the Australian and Japanese sides. It quotes extensively from diaries and papers from the campaign and integrates these well into the history. The writing is gripping without being sensationalist.
It is an excellent read for anyone interested in the Pacific Campaigns of World War II or in walking the Kokoda Trail.
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