By Craig L. SymondsThere are few moments in American background within which the process occasions tipped so unexpectedly and so dramatically as on the conflict of halfway. At sunrise of June four, 1942, a rampaging eastern military governed the Pacific. by way of sundown, their vaunted service strength (the Kido Butai) have been sunk and their grip at the Pacific were loosened without end.
during this completely riveting account of a key second within the historical past of worldwide conflict II, one in every of America's top naval historians, Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, braveness, and sacrifice. Symonds starts off with the arriving of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating eastern assault, and describes the major occasions resulting in the climactic conflict, together with either Coral Sea--the first conflict in historical past opposed to opposing service forces--and Jimmy Doolittle's bold raid of Tokyo. He focuses all through at the humans concerned, delivering telling images of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and diverse different americans, in addition to the major jap figures, together with the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. certainly, Symonds sheds a lot mild at the elements of eastern culture--such as their single-minded devotion to strive against, which ended in poorly armored planes and insufficient fire-safety measures on their ships--that contributed to their defeat.
The author's account of the conflict itself is masterful, weaving jointly the numerous disparate threads of attack--attacks which failed within the early going--that finally created a five-minute window during which 3 of the 4 jap companies have been mortally wounded, altering the process the Pacific battle in an eye-blink.
Symonds is the 1st historian to argue that the victory at halfway used to be now not easily an issue of success, declaring that Nimitz had equivalent forces, stronger intelligence, and the section of shock. Nimitz had a powerful hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly anticipated to win.