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The Rising Sun in the Pacific: 1931-April…

The Rising Sun in the Pacific: 1931-April 1942

by Samuel Eliot Morison

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I am a fan of France's WWII navy, and this volume of the USN in WWII is therefore a very sad read. The TOEs are nicely detailed, and the tone is relatively objective. As this is a service history, not a political one there's not a great deal about the complex politics of the French Navy. Maps are good, and the book added to my library as an island of sanity, all be it limited, in the sea of controversy where the French have left us regarding this period. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 5, 2015 |
This third volume of the Morison USN history was originally published in 1947, and the style is very much of the period. This volume emphasizes the attitude that the USN's real WWII was against the Japanese, not the Germans. The analysis of the period prior to Pearl Harbour is very concerned with the steadily growing levels of Japanese aggression not with American policy in the Far east. The covering of the Dec. 7th attack is competent, but much has been revealed since due to the relaxation of the security surrounding the Japanese codes. For operational information and orders of battle Morison was given a lot of official cooperation so these books are essential for the American side of the picture. There's also information on Wake Island not easily found elsewhere. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 2, 2015 |
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All hidden things the endless flowing years
Bring forth, and bury that which all men knew.
Falters the firm resolve and plighted word;
And none may say, "It cannot happen here."
      -- Sophocles, Ajax, 646-649
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785813047, Hardcover)

This spectacular fifteen-volume series that charts the U.S. Naval operations during World War II with an insider's perspective. Morison, a Harvard professor, was given a special rank and writing post by FDR. He had active duty aboard eleven different ships, allowing him to witness many crucial battles in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Volume Three -the first on the war in the Pacific-includes coverage of the attack on Pear Harbor and its aftermath as well as the Defense of the Malay Barrier. Filled with many maps and file photographs.

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