The Eagle and the Rising Sun

The Eagle and the Rising Sun

The Japanese-American War, 1941-1943, Pearl Harbor Through Guadalcanal

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2004.
ISBN: 9780393049244
Branch Call Number: 940.5425/SCHOM
Characteristics: xviii, 540 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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KEVIN DOWD Jun 11, 2012

Interesting yet somewhat disappointing book. has a high level of concept, starting with detailed profiles of all the major players. but seems to grind down and lose flavor over the 500 pages. a good read though

lots of insider info and a basic overview of early battles, but very simple descriptions of the conflict.

This is a book more about commanders than war. Good profile of Admiral King and some new insight into MacArthur. the mercurial and egotistic general.


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