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Shattered Sword : The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway

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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange's bestselling <i>Miracle at Midway</i>, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, <i>Shattered Sword</i> makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida's <i>Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan</i>, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. <br /> <br /> Parshall and Tully examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy's doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading World War II naval historian John Lundstrom, <i>Shattered Sword</i> is an indispensable part of any military buff's library. <br /> <br /> <i>Shattered Sword </i>is the winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the &quot;Best Book in U.S. Naval History&quot; and was cited by <i>Proceedings</i> as one of its &quot;Notable Naval Books&quot; for 2005.

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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange's bestselling Miracle at Midway, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida's Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle.

Parshall and Tully examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy's doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading World War II naval historian John Lundstrom, Shattered Sword is an indispensable part of any military buff's library.

Shattered Sword is the winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and was cited by Proceedings as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.
Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange’s bestselling Miracle at Midway, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida’s Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle.

Parshall and Tully examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy’s doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading World War II naval historian John Lundstrom, Shattered Sword is an indispensable part of any military buff’s library.

Shattered Sword is the winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and was cited by Proceedings as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.

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Publisher
Potomac Books
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
640
Author
Anthony Tully, Jonathan Parshall
ISBN-13
9781574889239
Publication Date
November, 2005
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
10.00 x 7.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1574889230

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Parshall goes to origi...

Parshall goes to original sources and rebuilds events without bias = revisionism for the best reasons. He shows how important it is to get down to the level of procedures, ship designs etc. while at the same time going into higher level questions such as national/military ethos to find out why things happened the way they did. The Japanese group of four carriers could launch devastating combined attacks but had poor intelligence compounded by weak aerial reconnaissance. In fact they were caught by surprise, and the scrappy uncoordinated and continuous American torpedo plane attacks from different directions distracted and divided their fighter cover + for hours persuaded them not to use their flight decks for an essential retaliatory strike. Also they didn't have experience of aerial defence, and their AA batteries and damage control equipment and systems were inadequate.

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I must fess up to bei...

I must 'fess up to being fascinated by the Pacific campaigns during WWII. So to hear of a, relatively modern, revisionist POV on the seminal battle of Midway was a no brainer for me. As you can garner from my rating this is an exceptional book. Exceptional as it changes many of our long-held views on what happened at Midway and also, how important it really was. I've always felt it was a pivotal battle in WWII along with the likes of Stalingrad, El Alamein, the bombing campaign but now I think differently. What I really appreciate, and love, about this book, is the depth it goes into to perform its analysis and conclusion. Not just grand strategy and dive bomber heroics but the design of the ships, how planes were loaded, contemporary habits of the participants and so on. Highly, highly recommended.

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Shattered Sword is one...

Shattered Sword is one of the finest -- if not the finest -- works of military history I've ever read. It is no ordinary military history, but rather a work of military analysis. The book has a purpose and it is not only to provide a lucid account of the battle, though it does that well. This is a book that for the first time in the western literature makes full use of Japanese sources. The authors' research uncovered the fact that western dogma about the battle had long been thoroughly debunked by Japanese scholars, but none of that work was accessible except in Japanese. In view of this, the approach here is to look at the battle from the Japanese point of view, considering Japanese strategy and decision-making at each step. The goal is to set the record straight by confronted the prevailing dogmata, and correct the misconceptions. While the American performance and American command decisions are part of the story of Midway, these have been told elsewhere. Parshall and Tully rewrite the history of this crucial clash in a way that is not only convincing, but is intellectually gripping as well. The reader can now make sense of Japanese goals, missteps, and calculations. I found it thrilling.

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Just when you think th...

Just when you think that there is no need to read yet another book dealing with some aspect of the Second World War, along comes a work that knocks some cherished myth in the head. What Parshall and Tully have done is taken the body of Japanese scholarship that has been generated in the last twenty or so years and have finally made it accessible for the English-speaking public, and it turns out that the conventional wisdom is downright wrong; a product of accepting the Japanese white-washing of their poor performance (most notably by Mitsuo Fuchida) at face value. Instead, one gets a vision of a battle that, if not America's to lose, was at least one where the odds were effectively even and the Japanese had the misfortune of having all the congenital problems in their concept of naval warfare congeal into disaster at the same time. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Brilliantly researched...

Brilliantly researched, highly technical history of the Battle of Midway which upends the long-established myths about the battle and tells the whole story with extreme detail and engaging wit. Necessary to own for any WWII naval buff.


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