Synopses & Reviews
Alan Schom's histories and biographies have been celebrated for their iconoclastic approach and a dramatic focus on extraordinary personalities meeting at the crossroads of history. In this magisterial history of World War II in the Pacific, he shows how the conflict was in neither the United States's nor Japan's best interest. On one hand, the American government and people were as inadequately prepared for war as any major power has ever been; on the other hand, Schom's close reading of Japanese military and political documents reveal that their supreme command knew they could not possibly win.
"From time to time, we are privileged to be given extraordinary insights into the history of our age. Alan Schom has given us a tapestry, into which he has woven figures of immense proportions, yet he has not lost sight of their humanity. He writes...in the grand tradition of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August." Thomas F. Marfiak
"Schom is a master of narrative technique." Booklist
Includes bibliographical references (p. -518) and index.
A fresh and provocative account of the greatest naval campaign of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Alan M. Schom is the author of the acclaimed biography Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life and several histories, including Trafalgar and One Hundred Days. He lives in France.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A distinguished visitor -- Chapter 2: The world in flux -- Chapter 3: Spreading imperial virtue -- Chapter 4: The eight corners of the world -- Chapter 5: Unlimited national emergency -- Chapter 6: We cannot speculate with the security of this country -- Chapter 7: General quarters! -- Chapter 8: Two admirals -- Chapter 9: ...and a General -- Chapter 10: The Philippines: "A limit to human endurance" -- Chapter 11: First Washington Conference -- Chapter 12: Yamamoto's great offensive: coral sea and midway -- Chapter 13: Australia-New Guinea -- Chapter 14: "Sock 'em in the solomons" -- Chapter 15: Guadalcanal -- Chapter 16: Operation KA -- Chapter 17: The open slot -- Chapter 18: "A goddam mess" -- Chapter 19: "Friday the bloody thirteenth" -- Chapter 20: A troubled Hirohito.