Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War by Joseph Wheelan

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Read Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War Online Free - The first U.S. offensive of World War II began with no fanfare early August 7, 1942. But, before it ended six months later with the first U.S. land victory, Guadalcanal was a household name. There, marines faced bloody banzai attacks in the stifling malarial jungles while the U.S. sailors and pilots battled Japanese air and sea armadas day and night. The all–in battles consumed thousands of men, hundreds of planes, and dozens of warships and— stopped the Japanese Juggernaut. Guadalcanal was the Pacific War's turning point.

Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual Marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the cross–hairs of history.

Title : Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War
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ISBN : 0306824590
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


WW2 rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2017

On the evening of August 9th, 1942 in the words of Lieutenant Merillat “As the sun set behind the mountains no friendly ships hovered offshore and no friendly planes patrolled the skies. We were on our own.” After dropping off Marines on Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu, the United States Navy suffe...

Urey rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2017

Guadalcanal was more than a battle, it was a campaign - hastily conceived, planned and initiated all in six weeks. It was similar in nature and significance to Stalingrad... as Stalingrad marked the turning of the tide for the Germany, so did Guadalcanal mark the end of Japan's dominance and conq...

David rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

This is an excellent single volume history of the battle for Guadalcanal. It covers the ground, air, and naval battles from the beginning of Japanese construction of the airfield that would later be called Henderson Field to the evacuation of Japanese troops. The narrative is naturally focused mo...

Rick rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2018

Joseph Wheelan tries to do a job of educating a new generation about the Battle of Guadalcanal but comes up short. i think the worst failing of this is to provide too much data and not a smooth transference from one story to the next. Just as we seem to be rising to an epic history of what happen...

David rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

This is a well researched and well presented account of the historic battles fought on the island of Guadalcanal in late 1942. This battle was extremely important as it turned the tide of the Japanese conquest of the Pacific and put them on the defensive for the next three years. Along with Stali...

Don rated it ★★★★★

October 21, 2017

My father served in the United States Marine Corps during World War 2 and fought in the first offensive battle by the US during the war, the battle for the island of Guadalcanal. He was seriously wounded there and evacuated back to the states where he spent a year in a naval hospital. As a result...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2017

With the 75th Anniversary coming up of the Battle of Guadalcanal, This is one of the best books I have read about the battle. It was one of the largest naval operations and one of the battles in the Pacific that suffered many casualties. From early August through November 1942, US Marines, sailor...

Don rated it ★★★★★

November 03, 2017

I thought I would read this book because it is currently the 75th anniversary of this important battle that ended any hopes of Japan succeeding in World War 2. Written for general audiences with just the right amount of details to cover the six months of the campaign. Unlike later battles between t...

Michele rated it ★★★★☆

October 29, 2017

Books about battles can be dry. These guys moved here, and those guys set up over there, etc. But this one brought Guadalcanal alive. The story was told from the point of view of the Japanese on the ground, the high command, the American Marines, the special forces, the pilots who saved the day,...

Monical rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 27, 2018

Rather dry history of the battle at Guadalcanal. I think the book would have been more interesting with an introduction on how the war had progressed to the point of the battle, but the author is satisfied with just a few asides on the developing history. The author puts the typical emphasis on t...

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