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There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force, the Kido Butai, had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.

In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, leading naval historian Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea-the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces-and Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto.

Symonds' account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack-attacks which failed in the early going-that ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye-blink.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


1. CinCPac

2. The Kido Butai

3. The Brownshoe Navy

4. American Counterstrike

5. Seeking the Decisive Battle

6. Pete and Jimmy

7. The Codebreakers

8. The Coral Sea

9. The Eve of Battle

10. Opening Act

11. Nagumo's Dilemma (4:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.)

12. The Flight to Nowhere (7:00 A.M. to 11:20 A.M.)

13. Attack of the Torpedo Squadrons (8:30 A.M. to 10:20 A.M.)

14. The Tipping Point (7:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.)

15. The Japanese Counterstrike (11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.)

16. Denouement


Product Details

Symonds, Craig L
Oxford University Press, USA
Symonds, Craig L.
Military-World War II General
Military - Naval
History, Other | Military History | WWII
Publication Date:
40 halftones, 10 line
5.5 x 8.2 x 1.3 in 1.063 lb

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