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The Conquering Tide

The Conquering Tide

War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

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This masterful 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.Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War. Ian W. Toll's battle scenes--in the air, at sea, and in the jungles--are simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accounts--letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs--that are the raw material of the telling details, shrewd judgment, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history.This volume--continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Crucible--marks the second installment of the Pacific War Trilogy, which will stand as the first history of the entire Pacific War to be published in at least twenty-five years.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780393080643
0393080641
Branch Call Number: 940.5426 T577C 2015
Characteristics: xxxi, 622 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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Chiefs1970
May 20, 2020

I was watching PBS or OETA for us in Oklahoma and watched Ian Toll present a lecture at the New Orleans based World War II Museum. His history is a very good read and he covers the struggle in the Pacific from Guadalcanal up through the Battle of the Phillipine Sea. By the time that battle was won, the Japanese were no longer in a position to have their navy interfere with the American and Allied push to control the entire Pacific Ocean. There are longer books, but the individual large battles are well described as are the commanders on both sides.

Tulsa LIbrary also some excellent older books that describe the war in the Pacific more in line with the island hopping that was done by the Army under General MacArthur and theCentral Pacific Campaign designed by Admiral Nimitz.

The item which is so hard to fathom is the incredible ship building that transpired between after the Battle of Midway in which the Americans were down to two aircraft carriers and mid-to late 1944 when there were at least 21 fleet carriers and up to 110 escort carriers of various sizes. The ability to create fully crewed and combat ready gigantic fleets is very hard to comprehend.

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Dalex_64
Sep 30, 2017

A horrifying story of a crushing defeat.

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dpwilkens
Jun 29, 2016

This is an excellent history of the critical actions of the period between Operation Watchtower (the invasion of Guadalcanal) and the Battle of the Philippine Sea (the Marianas Turkey Shoot). As such it focuses on the operational and strategic levels of combat. Indeed, the strategic ability of the United States to build up and resupply and reinforce its 5th Fleet in the Central Pacific, and the degradation of the Japanese ability to maintain their Mobile Force, had made the individual tactical decisions of American commanders irrelevant to the outcome of the war. Although the scale is theater or front-level, the author has plenty of first-hand descriptions of the different actions on sea, air and land, the personal rivalries of commanders, and the Japanese perspective.

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