ISBN: 0393868303
EAN13: 9780393868302
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 6, 2021
Pages: 976
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
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In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The capture of the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanese carrier airpower marked a pivotal moment in the Pacific War. No tactical masterstroke or blunder could reverse the increasingly lopsided balance of power between the two combatants. The War in the Pacific had entered its endgame.

Beginning with the Honolulu Conference, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with his Pacific theater commanders to plan the last phase of the campaign against Japan, Twilight of the Gods brings to life the harrowing last year of World War I in the Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts.

Ian W. Toll's narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also reconstructs the Japanese and American home fronts and takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of Read More chevron_right

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   Exhaustive but not exhausting
Toll tells the story of the end of WW2 in detail, but in a narrative style that should interest any reader while satisfying the professional historian. The book is highly recommended reading, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The lessons to be learned from the history of the war and especially the post-war are vital for our own day-to-day survival, he said. The book is also available on Amazon. com: "The Whole Nine Yards: The Untold Story of America's Greatest Homes." If you think so, you won't regret it.
   Average at Best
The writer, dressed in a black suit, tends to skirt around his personal part in the German war effort. He may not have been ready to relive the bad parts of the story, but the book comes across like a way to rationalize his role and create a different reality. Too much time spent on growing up and not enough on serving in the army.
   Outstanding Research and Exemplary Storytelling
If I could give it 10 stars, I would. The amount of research is astounding, and the storytelling is exemplary, Morgenthau said. I am very proud of the U.S. military record in World War II, said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. HBO said: "There are few things we can say about the series that are so good. It's great to be back home, said Blair, "but we still have a lot to do."
   Best series on WW2 in the Pacific ever written - just get better
I have read many books of the Pacific War. This series is by far the best. Many will probably criticize the author for being too wordy and too covering too much detail, but I consider his coverage necessary to give a complete understanding of the many aspects of this multi- faceted war zone along with the varied personalities directing the efforts on both sides.
The third and final volume of the trilogy, "The Pacific," will be released in September. It's very well written and researched, and I recommend it to anyone. I was particularly interested in the typhoons that impacted fleet operations, he said. The author, for example, bought all the points I had never known about. His insights into the atomic bomb drop in Nagasaki were things I never knew. Anyone with an interest in the war will find this book extremely useful.
   Pacific War
I was reluctant to start reading a book by that name. I was not sure that I could maintain interest in such a large undertaking. Quinn was an Army Air Force veteran. A great trilogy of books.
   beyond the conventions
In setting out to write his three volume history of the Pacific war, Toll anticipated an episodic and discursive narrative, one that colors outside the lines of conventional military history. From there he sailed beyond the conventions to include military relations press, naval pilot training, Allied radio and leaflet propaganda, the lives of Japanese schoolchildren evacuated and much, much more. This is a very satisfying read, Levine said. I'm sorry to say I came to the last page.
   Good but not great as the first two of this trilogy.
This is by far the best series of WWII in the pacific. It's unfortunate that this third film is not up to the standards of the first two. It's still worth it, even if we don't get to the moon. I thought that the book could be improved if it was only 600 pages, Mr. Rule told the judge. Just cut out all the extraneous information and just stick to the battle.
   His other books were great, but this is extraordinary.
I had read all of his previous works, I had reread two, he said. Great stuff, said Dr. Brian Lambrecht, director of the NIH's Ames Research Center in California. I had very high expectations for this volume, Mr. Dhaliwal said. He surpassed my hopes in so many ways, Tunick said. I have read all of the great war books, but I could have just read his trilogy and learned more about the French resistance, he said.
   A worthy finish.
In a generous gesture of understatement, Toll writes, "There is a third volume to finish the Pacific War Trilogy." I pre-ordered this book and was thrilled to find out it was available. The Beatles' music "was not disappointed." He has produced a very well written and thoroughly researched history of the final year of the Pacific War. In his forward, he said the length of his finished volume surprised him. Clearly, Harrison should have focused more on detail, the report said. I particularly enjoyed his recounting of the infamous battles of the Philippine Sea. He is startlingly frank of his assessment of Admiral Halsey's command both in this battle and afterward of the storm's impact on his fleet. The recapture of Manila is also of interest, as is the invasions of Iwo Jim's and Okinawa. The book also reveals some interesting details about the atomic bomb missions. It might seem like a daunting read at first, but I found this book to be a true pleasure. Ian is delighted to be reunited with Till.