Pacific Crucible

Pacific Crucible

War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

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Draws on eyewitness accounts and primary sources to describe the first months of World War II in the Pacific, after the U.S. Navy suffered the worst defeat in its history at Pearl Harbor.
"On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss, a blow that destroyed the offensive power of their fleet. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative. This dramatic narrative, relying predominantly on eyewitness accounts and primary sources, is laced with riveting details of heroism and sacrifice on the stricken ships and planes of both navies. At the war's outset, Japan's pilots and planes enjoyed a clear-cut superiority to their American counterparts, but there was a price to be paid. Japanese pilots endured a lengthy and grueling training in which they were disciplined with baseball bats, often suffering broken bones; and the production line of the Zero-- Japan's superbly maneuverable fighter plane--ended not at a highway or railhead but at a rice paddy, through which the planes were then hauled on ox carts. Combat losses, of either pilots or planes, could not be replaced in time to match the fully mobilized American war machine. Pacific Crucible also spotlights recent scholarship that revises our understanding of the conflict, including the Japanese decision to provoke a war that few in their highest circles thought they could win. Those doubters included the flamboyantly brilliant Admiral Isokoru Yamamoto, architect of the raid on Pearl and the Midway offensive."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393068139
Branch Call Number: 940.5426 T651p 2012
Characteristics: xxxvi, 597 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Mar 26, 2018

A superb history of the first six months of the naval war in the Pacific at the start of WW2 from America's point of view. Wonderful edge of seat writing combined with excellent scholarship. I kept listening for the dramatic and patriotic music and even though I knew what was coming, I still read with anticipation. Highly recommended!

Nov 07, 2017

This is a really excellent history. You don't have to be a naval expert or WW2 fanatic to appreciate this book. Very readable, very detailed, very human. War is hell.

Jan 31, 2016

Outstanding writing, storytelling, analysis. Looking forward to next book in series. Unfortunately some jerk has defaced the book with underlines and inane comments.

Feb 05, 2014

so far amazing


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Feb 05, 2014

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