Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Several reasons can be cited for the outcome which ...more
When most people hear the term ‘history book,’ they typically think of those watered-down texts we all read in high school where large swaths of time are melted down into paragraph-sized blubs to be memorized for a test and quickly forgotten. Even so, many of us – myself included – have become infatuated with history and long after leaving the public education system behind seek out books that provide a detailed look into a our past. These focused books ...more
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This is masterful treatment of probably one of the most analyzed battles of all time, which by examining closely the Japanese sources of the battle revises much of what we think we know about the battle. In particular, the author's patient explanation of the exact operational details of Japanese carrier operations is endlessly fascinating and enlightening, and serve to show that much ...more
Recently read the new Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Craig L. Symonds. A nice summary, which brought up a few points I'd either forgotten or never learned. It did extensively reference Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway and hinted at a the Imperial Japanese Navy point of view. I had to track down this book.
Shattered Sword goes back to air operations logs and is the first English publication that sources the updated Japanese accounts published...more
Common wisdom is that history is written by the ...more
However, the authors claim too much. They think they have completely overturned our understanding of the ...more
The Japanese made many huge mistakes in the Pacific War. Their first big mistake was starting the war. The economic might of the US was going to ...more
Armed with this information, Parshall and Tully rip many of the famous Midway myths to shreds, to show how the battle truly unfolded. The authors are able to show that so many of the Midway "what-if" moments - a more extensive search plane operation, division of labor for CAP vs strike between ...more
I was surprised to learn that Pearl Harbor was Yamamoto's idea, and he had enough clout to get it through despite the urgent protest of most of the other high ranking military ...more
Shattered Sword is highly regarded and is in many respects excellent, but it was my first book on Midway, and I cannot recommend it as a first book on Midway. There are so many asides intended to correct the historical record that the story never gets a chance to breathe. The book reads like ...more
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On the other hand, the authors sometimes delve into pretty detailed and, IMO, sometimes irrelevant details of the battle. This was almost written as a chronicle in the ...more