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Midway Inquest: Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway

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Midway, the most famous naval battle in American history, has been the subject of many excellent books. However, none satisfactorily explain why the Japanese lost that battle, given their overwhelming advantage in firepower. While no book may ever silence debate on the subject, Midway Inquest answers the central mystery of the battle. Why could the Japanese not get a bombe ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of the book is Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway. It is a very, very detailed examination of the battle, why the Japanese lost it, and what would have happened if they had actually won the battle. This is the type of book that is strictly for those who want to go into very minute detail about what happened in the battle. For other people, the book could prove boring.

The basic concept is that, with the destruction of four of their carriers, the Japanese air war capability w
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.
Very detailed analysis of the Japanese side of the battle, essentially a defense of Admiral Nagumo's actions.
Partly a refutation of some parts of "Shattered Sword"-- I'm not convinced of some of Isom's points here, but he does a good job of throwing light on those. I haven't deep-read Sword recently enough to make a real comparison. Wish I'd read this a few years ago.

Thought-provoking enough that I was pushed to make notes in the margins of my copy-- something I almost ne
David Christensen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a unique, well thought out book. The author is a lawyer. And he takes a commonly held speculation - that the Japanese lost the battle of Midway because of excessive caution, or of complacency - and tackles all the facts with extensive research and carefully puts the pieces together, just like you would expect a lawyer to do. This is why it’s titled Midway Inquest. He lays out the case and then carefully called in various facts, and an abundance of them, and plays out the debate from all ...more
Michal Rosa
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent summary of the battle. It seems to correct a lot of popular misconceptions and explains very well the background as well as "whodunnit" of the battle. ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another very good book about the Battle of Midway, one of a spate of recent books on the subject.
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