Still, even with this advantage, a certain amount of luck was required as the Japanese force was much stronger 4 carriers to 3 plus a substantial escort force. The side that sighted the other side's carriers first would have a big advantage. This is a very balanced presentation of perhaps the defining engagement of the war in the Pacific with Japan. Drawing on both US and Japanese documentation and recognizing the complexity involved in planning for any engagement, this book highlights both the high and low moments on both sides of the engagement, recognizes elements of luck as well as of genius, and honors the courage and spirit of combatants on both sides.
I rarely read books about specific military engagements, but I am glad I re This is a very balanced presentation of perhaps the defining engagement of the war in the Pacific with Japan. I rarely read books about specific military engagements, but I am glad I read this one. It is superbly done. Jul 24, Scott Fogel rated it it was amazing Shelves: wwii. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a fantastic book!
It gives such a good feel for what went on before, during, and after the battle because of all the eye witness interviews with Noguma, Spurance, Fletcher, Nimitz, Fuchita, etc. It also paints a vivid picture of how close the United States came to losing the battle due to faulty equipment torpedoes, guns, bad communications between the different services, etc. But it also shows how much we knew of the Japanese plan of attack and how overconfident and unprepared they really w What a fantastic book!
But it also shows how much we knew of the Japanese plan of attack and how overconfident and unprepared they really were. At times it felt like you were there listening in on the conversations.
Lots of research went into this book, and while I didn't need to know the designations of each aircraft and ship, there was enough information about the people - both Japanese and U. By midspring the Japanese had captured Singapore, conquered the Netherlands East Indies and Burma,and who knew what designs they had on India, exceedingly restive under British rule? But Nimitz did not delude himself that the job was done. Ensign George H. MJF Books, Hardcover.
Feb 22, Mike Baker rated it really liked it. Very good history of the buildup and battle of midway. Very detailed, maybe even more so than is necessary.
tritralaktheoprak.tk I would have benefitted with more maps showing the position of the players interspersed throughout the pages. Good book, good read. I know the story but still enjoy the telling. Meticulously researched, on both sides, it tells an incredible story of the David and Goliath encounter of a small but forewarned American fleet versus the much more powerful Japanese fleets.
The outcome was truly a miracle as the title states.
Oct 27, Colin rated it really liked it. Took a while to get through. It should not be your first book about Midway.
Detailed in the extreme, it feels like a worthy sequel to At Dawn We Slept. There is at time too much information to keep straight but still there are plenty of moments that will stay with me forever. A Japanese commander going down with the ship whilst singing their national anthem brought me to tears. Every mention of Genda made me sit straighter and pay more attention. I really enjoy reading the Midway story, so I have read quite a few of the Midway books.
This version, by far, is one of the best in telling the story.
It's easy to read and covers the perspective of the two opponents. I really liked the use of radio messages, diary excerpts, and official messages.
They brought the sense of realism to the forefront. Anyone that is interested in hearing the complete and detailed story of the Battle of Midway will truly enjoy this book! May 26, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: history. It was very informative, but the language wasn't what I wanted out of my history books.
There was too many passages extolling the American virtue and Japanese overconfidence. I find I prefer Walter Lord's style, where it's just what people experienced, with no commentary. Oct 06, Kayla Tornello rated it liked it Shelves: adult , non-fiction. This book offers an extensive look at the Battle of Midway.
It was fascinating to read and offered plenty of interesting stories. However, this book might be better for someone who is already quite familiar with the armed forces, because there were many times when the author referred to terms that I didn't understand. This edition includes both Japanese and US sources. It is very well documented and reads almost like fiction. It is amazing how lucky the US was.
In 6 minutes, the battle was won. The courage of the sailors and pilots is unbelievable. This is a good study of this all important naval battle. Another masterpiece from Mr. After reading the author's book on Pearl Harbor, I had to read his book on Midway!
Editorial Reviews. Review. “A gripping and convincing account.” —Philadelphia Inquirer Miracle at Midway - Kindle edition by Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Miracle at Midway [Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon Gordon Prange, Dennis Holland] on ledebeacanwall.gq *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The inside.
He artfully wove the threads of various sources int a compelling narrative. The author approched the Battle of Midway with an even-handed clarity. This book is a must read for WWII history buffs! May 25, Peter Moreira rated it really liked it. This is a superb history.
I've never got around to reading Prange's At Dawn We Slept, but I love the balanced view of this book, the depth of understanding he brings on both Japanese and American forces. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I learned several relatively obscure facts that I was not aware of and I've read at least 4 books that deal with the Battle of Midway.
The writing was crisp and clear while the analysis was insightful. The use of interviews, archival work, etc. Oct 24, Mitchell Naleid rated it really liked it. Well documented from both the US and Japanese sides. I never realized how inferior the US equipment was compared to the Japanese.
I've read a lot about this battle but still learned enough in this to make it worth my time. Nov 25, Christian D. I first read this book back in , at the tender age of 11 I was a military history buff at a very early age. I loved it back then, and I appreciate it even more now with the perspective of adulthood, a college education International Relations for undergrad, Military History for grad school , military service, and world travel experience under my belt.
The authors describe the battle, and the buildup to the battle, in vivid detail and with a sharp-witted, highly readable writing style. More I first read this book back in , at the tender age of 11 I was a military history buff at a very early age. Equally far removed from the grandeur of Churchill and the demonic genius of Hitler, he also lacked the deft political touch of Roosevelt and the rabble-rousing ebullience of Mussolini.
Indeed, all of his life, Tojo had made a virtue of necessity and a career of mediocrity. That's leadership from the front! Brooke Allen! Wealth of information There was so much information in Miracle at Midway, that at times I felt overwhelmed.
Nearly half of the book is the Appendix, which contains voluminous notes and references. There is no doubt that this book was well researched using original documents from historical archives. However, there was often so much detail that it was difficult to see the forest through the trees. It almost seemed like every sailor, airman both American and Japanese , and marine who took part in Wealth of information There was so much information in Miracle at Midway, that at times I felt overwhelmed. It almost seemed like every sailor, airman both American and Japanese , and marine who took part in this battle was specifically mentioned by name!
Kidding aside, I really enjoyed the book. The authors pulled no punches.
Although the valor and bravery of the outnumbered and outgunned American forces was commendable, they committed mistakes, and the book did a very thorough job of documenting them. However, it was clear that the mistakes the Japanese committed were far greater both in number and consequence, starting with the battle plan itself. The Japanese tried to accomplish three goal simultaneously: the invasion of Midway, an invasion of the Aleutian Islands, and the destruction of the American Navy by drawing the entire Pacific Fleet into an engagement with a far superior major Japanese force.