This is a hugely enjoyable book about one of the pivotal battles in Navel history. Lady luck seems to have been favouring the US Navy in what on paper appeared to be a fight they could not win, although having radar which the opposition did not, and breaking the Japanese naval codes no doubt helped in large part. A combination of timing, missed opportunities and sheer bad luck saw their carrier force smashed by the US Naval aviators and their war in the Pacific was effectively lost in a morning.
What I really liked about this was the author bringing the various characters to life in print. Too many war histories merely concentrate on the movements of the forces and can be very dry. Here we can read about the laconic US Rear Admiral, Ray Spruance, the wanabee war hero Air Group Commander Ring (who seems to have been clueless about how to actually fight a battle), Rear Admiral Mark Mitscher, whose command of the USS Hornet during the battle is more than open to question; Admiral Yamamoto with his gambler's instinct. The men under their command are also brought to life in print. The author also doesn't present the Americans as supermen, but details their various flaws as well as their heroism - Lieutenant Commander Waldron, squadron leader of the US torpedo bombers, who ignored his Commander Ring's flight plan and found the Japanese, only to meet his death - instead of a court martial he got a posthumous Navy Cross. Such is the military way.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in military history.
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The Battle of Midway was the hinge on which the war in the Pacific turned. Its story deserves retelling, and Symonds' book does a wonderful job of it. --The American Spectator
Mr. Symonds has marshaled the data of seven decades to produce an account that is clear and readable, benefiting from his easy expertise in naval matters. --The Wall Street Journal
Important...documenting a role too often overlooked and too little understood: the essential role played by the U.S. Navy in winning the war in the Pacific. - The Dallas Morning News
[W]holly satisfying . . . a lucid, intensely researched, mildly revisionist account of a significant moment in American military history. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Craig Symonds has delivered yet another outstanding work, a work that will set the standard for studies of the Battle of Midway for years to come. Even if one thinks one knows all there is to know about Midway, Mr. Symonds' plethora of new facts, rationales for what and why each side performed the
way it did, human interest stories and more make The Battle of Midway indispensable . . . The story of the battle unfolding and being fought is absolutely outstanding, but the events before and after it are equally well told. In addition, the supporting charts, photographs, references and
bibliography are awesome. For anyone at all interested in the Battle of Midway, the Pacific War or the Navy, this is a must read.
--The Washington Times
Selected as a Best Book of 2011 by Military History Quarterly
Deeply researched, shrewdly argued, and powerfully narrated, The Battle of Midway is a superb work of the historian's craft. It easily takes its place as the best and most comprehensive account of the pivotal battle from the American perspective. -Richard B. Frank, author of Guadalcanal: The
Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle and Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
In The Battle of Midway Symonds has effectively synthesized the huge mass of information about the Midway battle into a fast-moving, highly readable account filled with nuggets of fascinating biographical material about many of the principals, both American and Japanese . . . Symonds describes the
scenes of the Battle of Midway itself with the knowing eye of a fine historian . . . Craig Symonds has crafted an excellent addition to the pantheon of important literature about the transcendent American naval victory at Midway. The Battle of Midway deserves to be read and enjoyed. --Naval
Compulsively readable --The Week
Well documented through interviews, official records, and secondary sources, the book will show readers that Midway was, as Wellington would have said, a close-run thing. General military history enthusiasts will be fascinated, and specialists will revel in the careful dissection of the action.
-- Library Journal
[A] superb narrative, clearly, vividly, and energetically written, with attention to detail that is always relevant to his interpretation . . . this book will be read appreciatively by other non-specialists. Indeed, it demonstrates why military history should not be considered 'merely' a 'niche'
subject, but part of the mainstream of the national narrative. --HNN.com
A fascinating and informative retelling of the most important naval battle of the Pacific War. Symonds once again demonstrates his superb mastery of his craft. -Jonathan Parshall, co-author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Chosen as one of Proceedings Notable Books of 2011
Craig L. Symonds is Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of many books on American naval history, including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History as well as Lincoln and His Admirals, co-winner of the Lincoln Prize in 2009.
- Utgivare : OUP US; Illustrerad utgåvan (1 September 2013)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 466 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0199315981
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199315987
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P. Hernandez Stalder
Great book on the battleGranskad i Storbritannien den 10 november 2020
The book goes into a big explanation of the events leading up to the battle which are critical in understanding it. Events like operation Doolittle or the Battle of the Coral Sea. You see the logistics and understand the reason why decisions were made. For example the US only had three carriers available. The other two were on their way. The decision Nimitz made was to use all three carriers available. The same for the Japanese. Events and logistics affected their decisions. The battle is also explained and how many US pilots ended up in the Pacific landing in the water. Very well written and with a nice style!
Dr Ian I Chopra
Superb DetailGranskad i Storbritannien den 15 januari 2021
A truly interesting account of the Battle of Midway and preceding events such as Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Coral Sea. Well illustrated with photographs and maps, including some shots taken during actual naval events. The text also neatly illustrates rivalries between American officers and indeed amongst Japanese officials and naval officers.
Easy to readGranskad i Storbritannien den 18 augusti 2021
Really enjoyed the book. It’s not too technical and it is really easy to follow the development of the Battle of Midway in a factual way from the different perspectives of the parties involved.
Good comprehensive story offGranskad i Storbritannien den 8 januari 2020
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He is enjoying reading this interesting and comprehensive book.
He is enjoying reading this interesting and comprehensive book.