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The New York Times Best-seller: Outgunned and outmanned on the Pacific Ocean, a small American fleet defied the odds and turned the tide of World War II.

On the morning of June 4, 1942, doom sailed on Midway. Hoping to put itself within striking distance of Hawaii and California, the Japanese navy planned an ambush that would obliterate the remnants of the American Pacific fleet. On paper, the Americans had no chance of winning. They had fewer ships, slower fighters, and almost no battle experience. But because their codebreakers knew what was coming, the American navy was able to prepare an ambush of its own. 

Over two days of savage battle, American sailors and pilots broke the spine of the Japanese war machine. The United States prevailed against momentous odds; never again did Japan advance. In stunning detail, Walter Lord, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Day of Infamy and A Night to Remember, tells the story of one of the greatest upsets in naval history.

©1967 Walter Lord (P)2018 Tantor

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Very informative

Would have been more entertaining if it was written as a historical novel. Not so fact driven

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  • Shane
  • 08-01-18

Thankyou Americans, Thankyou America!

An amazing book!!! Very cool the way it gives the experiences from both sides. Truely some amazing insights into the turning point of the world war!!
This story should make all Australians and New Zealanders ever thankful to America for her force and bravery which has preserved our freedom. How easily we forget. Thankyou Americans, Thankyou America!