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Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal.

Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory.

Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regaining dominance in the Pacific.

©2018 Jeffrey R. Cox (P)2018 Tantor

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Both sides told

It was good to hear both sides of the history. Narrator had a good cadence and kept it interesting.

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great narration great storytelling.

out of all the books I've read on the Guadalcanal campaign and there's been a few this was by far the most readable and interesting.

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Okay Sloppy research

Butch O'Hare was a Naval aviator. not Army!

Nothing earth shattering, reader was okay at best.

Try Richard B. Frank or James Hornfischer

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  • SamH
  • Las Vegas, NV United States
  • 07-07-18

Battle for Guadalcanal

Loved the book. Especially struck by some darkly humorous moments. One of the decisive battles in the Pacific. A very even-handed treatment.

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poorly written

I find it very sad when people feel like they need to change history. The four aircraft carriers the Japanese lost at Midway were torpedoed by US subs and sank, the Japanese tried to save them and take them back to Japan to rebuild

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More Historical Detail

I enjoyed this historical perspective including the good and the bad regarding the Army and Navy leadership on both sides.

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Good history<br />

Very detailed account of the long battle to stop the IJN from conquest of Guadalcanal.

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nail bighter

my heart in mouth waithing for nexparagraft could put book down must find what hapen next

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Outstanding, Vivid, Clear

Ranks up there with Neptunes Inferno, although Inferno had a more personal touch to it, this book covers the essentials and fills in the spaces with plenty of colorful imagery. My only complaint would be it is not long enough and a Part 2 should be written if it hasn't already.

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Japanese ship names are distracting



The story of what happened in the Guadacanal-Solomans compaign is fascinating , informative and full of things I didn't know.However the endless litany of
Japanese ship names was distracting. An American ship name like the Lexington,Hornet or Enterprise has meaning other then the ship name.The same is true of the Japanese ship names but unless you speak Japanese the names are just so much background noise distracting from the story itself.I want to hear what happened not 10 Japanese ship names and then what happened.































































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