By a Retired Admiral, who served with carrier-based air throughout the war, this is a ship by ship, plane by plane, action...

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By a Retired Admiral, who served with carrier-based air throughout the war, this is a ship by ship, plane by plane, action by action account of the Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to its conclusions. It synthesizes, in one volume, the longer works of Walter Karig's Battle Report (3 volumes) and Samuel Eliot Morison's projected 13 volume history, but this also is directed largely at that market and has little of individual or personal incident. From the damage sustained at Pearl Harbor, the successive defeats and retreats, this follows through to Coral Sea and the loss of the Lexington; Midway where the Yorktown was sunk but which was the decisive engagement which lost the Japanese their command of the theatre; the ensuing stalemate at Guadalcanal; the shoestring Solomons campaign; the capture of new bases in the Marshalls; the closing in by the carriers and the battle for Leyte Gulf; the costly capture of Iwo Jima; Okinawa; and finally the bombing of Japan and the conclusion of the war. As far as the general reader goes, one questions whether more of these naval histories can be absorbed.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1949