Historians typically consider the decisive Allied victory at Midway in June of 1942 to be the moment when Allied forces gained advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, military historian John Prados, the bestselling author of Normandy Crucible, offers a compelling reassessment of how, and where, that turning point happened. Prados argues that it was the Solomon Islands campaign, not Midway, that consolidated Allied power in the Pacific.
Drawing on a combination of battle action and intelligence reports from both sides, Prados sheds new light on the decisive battles for the Solomons. Following Midway, American forces attacked the Japanese strongholds on the islands, ultimately forcing a costly withdrawal of Japanese forces from Tulagi and Guadalcanal. The campaign prevented the Japanese from cutting off Australia and New Zealand—and showed that the U.S. could conduct a successful island-hopping campaign, which would prove invaluable in every stage of the war that followed.
Including six original maps and sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, Islands of Destiny marks a bold new declaration of what was the Pacific Theater’s most important battle.
Hardcover Book : 416 pages
Publisher: Putnam Berkley Pub. Group ( October 02, 2012 )
Item #: 13-646388
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 17.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
The first balanced perspective on the critical months of the Pacific campaign I have read. Contains discussions of the strategic and tactical decision making from both the US and Japanese perspectives. Very interesting reading. Made me interested in other books by John Prados.
Reviewer: Tom W
I would like to know myself since I have not yet received it even thought I ordered it several weeks ago. Perhaps I should have ordered it from Amazon instead.
Reviewer: Robert C