The Fleet at Flood Tide

The Fleet at Flood Tide

America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The extraordinary story of the World War II air, land, and sea campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the rise of the United States as a global superpower

Winner, Commodore John Barry Book Award, Navy League of the United States • Winner, John Lehman Distinguished Naval Historian Award, Naval Order of the United States

With its thunderous assault on the Mariana Islands in June 1944, the United States crossed the threshold of total war. In this tour de force of dramatic storytelling, distilled from extensive research in newly discovered primary sources, James D. Hornfischer brings to life the campaign that was the fulcrum of the drive to compel Tokyo to surrender—and that forever changed the art of modern war.

With a close focus on high commanders, front-line combatants, and ordinary people, American and Japanese alike, Hornfischer tells the story of the climactic end of the Pacific War as has never been done before. Here are the epic seaborne invasions of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, the stunning aerial battles of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, the first large-scale use of Navy underwater demolition teams, the largest banzai attack of the war, and the daring combat operations large and small that made possible the strategic bombing offensive culminating in the atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From the seas of the Central Pacific to the shores of Japan itself, The Fleet at Flood Tide is a stirring, authoritative, and cinematic portrayal of World War II’s world-changing finale.

Illustrated with original maps and more than 120 dramatic photographs

“Quite simply, popular and scholarly military history at its best.”—Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture
 
“The dean of World War II naval history . . . In his capable hands, the story races along like an intense thriller. . . . Narrative nonfiction at its finest—a book simply not to be missed.”—James M. Scott, Charleston Post and Courier
 
“An impressively lucid account . . . admirable, fascinating.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“An extraordinary memorial to the courageous—and a cautionary note to a world that remains unstable and turbulent today.”—Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, author of Sea Power
 
“A masterful, fresh account . . . ably expands on the prior offerings of such classic naval historians as Samuel Eliot Morison.”The Dallas Morning News

Baker & Taylor
Presents an unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its power and established the foundation for America as the dominant global superpower. By the New York Times best-selling author of Neptune's Inferno.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its power and established the foundation for the United States as the dominant global superpower.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780345548702
Branch Call Number: 940.54 HOR 2016
Characteristics: pages cm

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johnbacich
Aug 16, 2017

A great WW2 book about the march ( sailing ) to Japan. Read all of this guy's books. His " Last stand of the Tin Can Sailors " is one of the best nonfiction books ever.

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Daveinportland
Nov 18, 2016

I think the title is misleading. The book covers the last 18 months or so of the war in the Pacific and while it is mostly focused on the Navy, the Army, Marines and Army Air Force are also covered in such detail that it really isn't about 'the fleet.'

Overall though, a very good book.

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