Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Several reasons can be cited for the outcome which ...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 o ...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
Common wisdom is that history is written by the winne ...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 i...more
Even though it is quite a large book, I can steadily devour this book due to the authors clear and digestable writing. And having abundance of sketches and drawing to visualise the complex battle helps a lot as well.
In this book Parshall and Tully will put you in the shoes of Nagumo. They rarely tell us what the US forces were doing and you will see the battle from the Japanese perspective only. So I hope you ...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
However, the authors claim too much. They think they have completely overturned our understanding of the batt ...more
Shattered Sword, The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully (audio book, 24+ hours). This book purports to bring significant new facts to, and a major reinterpretation of, the Battle of Midway. The authors bring to bear a somewhat old (20 years) reconsideration of the most respected Japanese authority on the battle as well as a much better understanding of Japanese carrier operations, naval doctrine, and other operational details hitherto fore not understood ...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 cru ...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