Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941

by Ian W. Toll

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Overview

Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction


"Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco Chronicle

On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss, a blow that destroyed the offensive power of their fleet. Pacific Crucible—through a dramatic narrative relying predominantly on primary sources and eyewitness accounts of heroism and sacrifice from both navies—tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history to seize the strategic initiative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393343410
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Series: Pacific War Trilogy Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 39,617
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Ian W. Toll is the author of Twilight of the Gods, the New York Times bestseller The Conquering Tide, Pacific Crucible, and Six Frigates, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the William E. Colby Award. He lives in New York.

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