The Pacific War

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Rawson, Wade, 1981 - 742 pages
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John Costello's The Pacific War has now established itself as the standard one-volume account of World War II in the Pacific. Never before have the separate stories of fighting in China, Malaya, Burma, the East Indies, the Phillipines, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Aleutians been so brilliantly woven together to provide a clear account of one of the most massive movements of men and arms in history. The complex social, political, and economic causes that underlay the war are here carefully analyzed, impelling the reader to see it as the inevitable conclusion to a series of historical events. And the bloody fighting that indelibly recorded names like Midway and Iwo Jima in the annals of human conflict is described in detail, through its ominous conclusion in the mushroom clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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User Review  - dsha67 - LibraryThing

I finished the John Costello's The Pacific War. It is not hyperbole to say this is the best single volume history on the Pacific War. At just under 600 pages of reading not including a fair amount of ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Well researched and written with excellent campaign and battle maps. It would have befitted greatly from being published five years later. The British perspective of the author was balanced and appreciated. Read full review

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Destiny Made Manifest
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Foreign Wars
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