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The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (original 2015; edição 2016)

por Ian W. Toll (Autor)

Séries: Pacific War Trilogy (2)

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"This ... history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War--the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944--when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a 'conquering tide,' concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal"--Dust jacket flap.… (mais)
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Título:The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
Autores:Ian W. Toll (Autor)
Informação:W. W. Norton & Company (2016), Edition: 1, 688 pages
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Etiquetas:20th Century, WWII, naval warfare, Pacific, history, military history

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The first two volumes of this projected trilogy are a fascinating and well-written history with plenty of information about the Japanese plans and status throughout the war. A lot of very thrilling reading, too. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
This is the second in a three-part history. In reviewing the first volume, I stated, "This is top-rate historical literature. It may not have quite the smooth narrative flow that Shelby Foote had for his legendary, The Civil War: A Narrative trilogy, but, if this is just the first of the author's World War II in the Pacific trilogy, then I'm all in." I should acknowledge that I had made the mistake -- all mine -- that this was a series on the Pacific Theater of World War II. As the title clearly states, it covers the war in the Pacific Islands and not the entire Pacific Theater. This was not as obvious to me in the first volume because it starts with Pearl Harbor and expands logically outward from there. This volume makes it much more clear that the author is reporting on the Admiral Nimitz half of the Pacific conflict, which naturally is strongly oriented to the Navy and the Marines, while only periodically bumping up against the General McArthur, Army-oriented half. (I feel compelled to find a suitable history set that covers that in much more detail.) I should also note that while the first volume was more compact in covering basically the first six months of the war, this second volume covers the next two years, and must, as a necessity, delve into broader and more diverse areas of the war effort. To that extent, it simply does not feel as cohesive in what it covers as the first volume. It does not mean, however, that the areas covered are insignificant. As the first volume did excellent work on covering the Pearl Harbor attack and the Battle of Midway, in particular, this volume goes into particular detail on the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and the Philippine Sea. The reporting makes it very clear how extremely important taking and holding Guadalcanal was, as well as how inevitable the defeat of Japan had become following the Battle of the Philippine Sea. As I stated on the first volume review, true history buffs should relish a chance to read this book, too. ( )
  larryerick | May 28, 2020 |
5674. The Conquering Tide War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944, by Ian W. Toll (read 10 Feb 2020) This book, published in 2015, is the second volume of a trilogy on the naval war in the Pacific in World War II. The first volume is Pacific Crucible War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 which I read on 21 July 2012. This second volume tells of the Guadalcanal operation (August 1942 to Feb 1943). which was a close run thing; Tarawa was in 1943 and was a horrific battle. The conquest of Saipan, while bloody, was a clear-cut victory as was the Battle of the Philippine Sea in 1944. The book covers the naval war up to mid 1944. The third book of the trilogy is scheduled to be published in June 2020 and I will read it as the author tells a clear story and it will be good to read of our total triumph. ( )
  Schmerguls | Feb 10, 2020 |
While at times it seemed to bog down in details it continued to engage the listener with a perspective both intimate and insightful. I particularly enjoyed the insights into Japanese society and the personalities of the major players in the Japanese military and government. Understanding is always with striving for. The failings of the imperial system and it's immature and insulated emperor much.
One is left marveling at the willingness of the naval aviators to engage in such reckless and dangerous missions. The US commitment to rescue downed pilots and crews was certainly a key. The unwillingness of the Japanese command to recognize battle fatigue or even simple fatigue was important as well. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Sep 18, 2018 |
A lively version of the campaigns from Guadalcanal to the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot." Toll has given his readers some useful information on the Washington and Tokyo dimension to the struggle. The maps are pretty good, the photo selection has some apt shots, and the prose is often good. A good book, especially if you have his volume one of the "Pacific War Trilogy". I don't, but now I'm looking for it to get his take on Pearl Harbour.
He has a good reason for Spruance's handling of the Turkey Shoot. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 3, 2017 |
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"This ... history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War--the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944--when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a 'conquering tide,' concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal"--Dust jacket flap.

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