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Return to Midway by Robert D. Ballard
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A fascinating book - Robert Ballard interweaves a vivid retelling of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in World War II in the Pacific, with a nuts-and-bolts narration of a voyage of exploration organized jointly by the U.S. Navy, the National Geographic Society, and academics from several universities. The trip is aboard a specialized Navy ship that is normally used to collect topographical data and map the floors of oceans. For this trip, they're trying to find the wrecks of the ships that were sunken in that battle: on the U.S. side the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and the destroyer USS Hammann, and on the Japanese side the four large aircraft carriers Kaga, Akagi, Hiryu, and Soryu. Also aboard for this trip are four veterans of that battle. A pair of Americans were among the crew of the Yorktown, and two Japanese fliers that had been assigned on the Kaga are along. For all four, their emotional reasons for making this trip, and the ways it has its impact on them, are complex.
Beautifully illustrated with period and present-day photos and paintings.
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October 28, 2008 – Shelved
October 28, 2008 – Shelved as: history
October 28, 2008 – Shelved as: military
Started Reading
July 6, 2009 – Shelved as: death-dying-killing-bereavement
July 6, 2009 – Shelved as: environment-and-earth-sciences
July 6, 2009 – Shelved as: general-science-math-technology
July 6, 2009 – Finished Reading

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