A New York Times Bestseller
"A beautiful blend of history and prose and proves again Mr. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative." Wall Street Journal
This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific Warthe period between mid-1942 and mid-1944when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal.
Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War. Ian W. Toll's battle scenesin the air, at sea, and in the junglesare simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accountsletters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirsthat are the raw material of the telling details, shrewd judgment, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history.
This volumecontinuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Cruciblemarks the second installment of the Pacific War Trilogy, which will stand as the first history of the entire Pacific War to be published in at least twenty-five years.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Ian W. Toll is the author of Pacific Crucible, The Conquering Tide, and Six Frigates, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the William E. Colby Award. He lives in San Francisco and New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 Excellent chronology of events. Penetrating insights into the strategies, motivations, goals, fears, strengths and weaknesses of the military and political leaders on both sides. Thoroughly referenced. Outstanding maps. Interesting photos. Gripping storytelling. I sought to learn the ebb and flow of the famous battles of WWII in the Pacific. Mr Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy, this being volume II, richly exceeded my expectations.
Toll breathes new life into a well covered subject. The personal insights, both Japanese and American, are very informative, giving the reader a fresh perspective on what they felt and thought during that trying time in our history.