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Historian Ronald H. Spector, drawing on declassified intelligence files, an abundance of British and American archival material, Japanese scholarship and documents, and the research and memoirs of scholars, politicians, and the military men, presents a thrilling narrative of American war in the Pacific.

Spector reassesses US and Japanese strategy and offers some provocative interpretations. He shows that the dual advance across the Pacific by MacArthur and Nimitz was less a product of strategic calculation and more a pragmatic solution to bureaucratic, doctrinal, and public relations problems facing the Army and Navy. He also argues that Japan made its fatal error not in the Midway campaign but in abandoning its offensive strategy after that defeat and allowing itself to be drawn into a war of attrition.

Combining impeccable research with electrifying detail, Spector vividly recreates the major battles, little-known campaigns, and unfamiliar events of this brutal 44-month struggle.

©1985 Ronald H. Spector (P)2019 Tantor

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Required reading

I am a junior historian of the Pacific War and have read, to date, a zillion books on this portion of that great conflict. This book is simply marvelous in its scope, breadth and detail. A great overview read with excellent diction and just enough factual (read dry) statistics to make it one of my all time favs.

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Excellent details and insights .

Excellent details and insights into the events and campaigns of the Pacific theater in WW2.

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A fine book and a decent narration

This book gives a good overview of American military perspective on the Pacific Theater, with some insight into the Japanese mentality. It is definitely not a book about the general American perspective, nor about the political aspects. This one reserves itself to talking about the military alone. Personally, I'd prefer a book with broader perspective than just that, but this does pretty well for the topics that it does take on.

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Informative, dry and suffers from narrator's perf.

I bought this for a general overview of the pacific. It's a great book. But its scope is so large it is easy to space out. The narrator's performance is lack luster and very much radio voice-esk. Less entertaining than Neptune's Inferno by Hornfischer which is how I came across Eagle Against the Sun. That being said this is a classic benchmark for this theater and I'm glad I got it done. I'm better off for it being in the library.

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The Author seems conflicted

The performance of the reader is magnificent and the problem of the book does not stem from that. The problem is the book directly contradicts itself, and doesn’t seem to mind that. I will not bore you with the details. However know this going in.

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Great listen for Military History buffs

Great book, clear narration, lots of statistics and quotes, very in depth retelling and analysis