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History of US Naval Operations in WWII, 15 Vols (History of United States Naval Operations in World War II)

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This final narrative volume of Morison's history recounts the infamous campaigns for Iwo Jima and Okinawa, two of the most bitterly contested campaigns of the war. When the U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, they expected to secure it within a few days. No one had anticipated Japan's determination to defend the island to the last man. Morison describes the Japanese defense s ...more
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-ed- Erwin
Jan 02, 2008 -ed- Erwin rated it it was amazing
When I was in law school, I couldn't afford vacations during spring and winter breaks, so I read instead. I started Vol. 1 On Christmas Eve, 1980 and finished the entire set by the spring break, my senior year, 1983. Perhaps the greatest historical work, written and researched contemporaneous with the war itself. A monumental task achieved brilliantly.
Rays1944
Dec 13, 2009 Rays1944 rated it really liked it
The definitive work on naval operations in WW2. Even with recent revelations after Morison's death, and occasional errata, it's a superb work. Deftly written, a wealth of both scholarship and his own experience during the war combine to make this a "must read" for any serious student of America's naval operations in WW2. The shorter version, "The Two-Ocean War," gives but an incomplete taste of Morison's skill as a writer as well as the technical and factual detail that make the 15-volume set wo ...more
Steven
Jun 12, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it
This is the definitive series on the Navy in WWII. Like Morison claims, the book is written for laypeople, and, as such, it is loaded with exciting descriptions of battles and colorful language. The scenes where ships sink are some of the most gruesome that I have ever read.
Besides just being interesting, however, the series is extremely accurate. Morison has recorded just about every detail about and every action taken by every ship in our Navy. He cites liberally from the official records of a
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Dan Cowden
Jan 08, 2012 Dan Cowden rated it it was amazing
Although it has occasionally been proven wrong about its facts, Morison's 15-volume History of US Naval Operations in WWII is still considered the definitive work on the whole subject; certainly no one else has attempted to replicate both the depth and the breadth of this work.

Largely compiled from official reports during and directly following the war, it suffers from the limitations of those sources and that timeline. Many of the reasons why things happened were still classified when Morison
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Edward Guillaume
Quite possibly the greatest collection of the US Pacific Theater of Operations in existence. Morison compiled an amazing feat for the "normal reader" instead of the "professional sailor" as he puts it, yet provides a vast array of facts and information that can be appreciated at any level. While outdated, the collection still provides enough detailed information for anyone starting any type of research. I enjoyed Morison's conclusions, which are collectively agreed upon even today, although he k ...more
Eric_W
Nov 15, 2008 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
I discovered this set in my high school library, began reading and finished the whole set. If you have any interest in naval history at all, this is a must read. I really should go back and reread the whole set again.
Bill Mcmurray
Mar 12, 2012 Bill Mcmurray rated it it was amazing
Amazing work
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Samuel Eliot Morison, son of John H. and Emily Marshall (Eliot) Morison, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 9 July 1887. He attended Noble’s School at Boston, and St. Paul’s at Concord, New Hampshire, before entering Harvard University, from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1908. He studied at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Paris, France, in 1908-1909, and retu ...more
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