by Ian W. Toll
This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War—the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944—when 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 scenes—in the air, at sea, and in the jungles—are 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 accounts—letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs—that are the raw material of the telling details, shrewd judgment, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history.
This volume—continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Crucible—marks 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. [close]
by Michael Broers
All previous texts on Napoleon have relied on the memoirs of others, rather than focusing on the uncensored words of the man himself. In this vivid new book, Michael Broers draws inspiration from Napoleon’s personal correspondence, newly released by the Napoléon Foundation in Paris.
Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny reveals a man of intense emotion, but also of iron self-discipline; of acute intelligence and immeasurable energy. Tracing his life from its dangerous Corsican roots, through his rejection of his early identity and the dangerous military encounters of his early career, it tells the story of the sheer determination, ruthlessness, and careful calculation that won him the precarious mastery of Europe by 1807. After the epic battles of Austerlitz, Jena, and Friedland, France was the dominant land power on the continent.
Advance Praise for Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny
“Stimulating and genuinely innovative.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Judicious and magisterial. Broers’ grasp of ‘violently changing times’ is unimpeachable.” —The Daily Mail
“This is a masterly biography, both critical and empathetic. If one theme emerges most forcefully from this book, it is that Napoleon had to work hard and be prodigiously inventive in order to hang on to what power he had won. A gripping account.” —The Financial Times
― Antoine-Henri de Jomini, The Art of War
― Dianna Skowera
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