Best Books on the Pacific War

For reasons big and small, understandable and unjustified, the war in the Pacific during World War II has largely been overshadowed by the Allies war against Hitler. Not anymore. Here's your opportunity to let others know your favorite books on the war that led us from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay.
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4.19 avg rating — 32,221 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 8,480 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,505 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 462 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 958 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 2,197 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 2,590 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 631 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 845 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 1,522 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 127 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 10,899 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 363 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 33 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 1,015 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 320 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 74 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 13,560 ratings
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137 books · 174 voters · list created September 27th, 2011 by Wurmo (votes) .
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message 1: by Geevee (new)

Geevee Hi Wurmo, Great idea for a list to share on the Pacific campaign - I hope you don't mind but I have added some books about the Burma campaign. I added a couple of your suggestions to my TBR too :)


message 2: by Wurmo (new)

Wurmo Hey, Geevee. Add whichever books you've enjoyed. I'd love for people to populate the list with as many great titles as possible. I'm a shameless addict of anything Pacific War, and this will help me to construct a good "to read" list.


message 3: by Geevee (new)

Geevee I've only read the first volume of this series, which was very good but check out

History of US Naval Operations in WWII 3 Rising Sun in the Pacific 31-4/42 by Samuel Eliot Morison History of US Naval Operations in WWII 12 Leyte 6/44-1/45 by Samuel Eliot Morison History of US Naval Operations in WWII 13 The Liberation of the Philippines by Samuel Eliot Morison History of US Naval Operations in WWII 5 Struggle for Guadalcanal 8/42-2/43 by Samuel Eliot Morison History of US Naval Operations in WWII 4 Coral Sea, Midway & Submarine Actions 5-8/42 by Samuel Eliot Morison History of US Naval Operations in WWII by Samuel Eliot Morison History of US Naval Operations in WWII 6 Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier by Samuel Eliot Morison
by Samuel Eliot MorisonSamuel Eliot Morison


message 4: by Dr. Michael (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin I've added 15 more books I felt should be on this list.


message 5: by Wurmo (new)

Wurmo Thanks, Dr. Michael. Looks like some definite additions to my ever-increasing "to read" list.


message 6: by Dr. Michael (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Wurmo, I highly recommend Richard E. Overton's book God Isn't Here. It is the best personal account I have read since Sledge's With The Old Breed.


message 7: by Wurmo (new)

Wurmo That one does sound great (and what a great cover, for whatever that's worth). I'll definitely check it out. I've been reading more and more of the personal accounts/memoirs recently. Just finished "Phantom Warrior" last month. The last third of the book is some of the most exciting reading I've tackled in years.


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