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Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway (2005)

by Jonathan Parshall, Anthony Tully

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Jonathan Parshall writes the definitive story of the Battle of Midway, told mostly through Japanese viewpoints. Parshall makes extensive use of Japanese source materials that, until now, have not made it into any English texts regarding the Battle of Midway.

The author is meticulous, and yet, the book never slows downs. It is crafted well, with timelines, charts, and descriptions of the battle. His poignant retelling of the sinking of the four carriers lost that day by the Japanese was gripping.

Throughout, carefully, Parshall explains the how and why of the American victory at Midway. From the Japanese rigid command structure to their inadequate damage control and everything in between, the battle is laid before the reader in such a way that its easy to understand while at the same time being very comprehensive. Highly recommended. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
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. ( )
  stellarexplorer | Aug 20, 2016 |
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. ( )
  martinhughharvey | Apr 24, 2016 |
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. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 29, 2013 |
This may not be the best work of military history ever written. If it isn't, I don't know what is.
  sonofcarc | Feb 28, 2013 |
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Tully, Anthonymain authorall editionsconfirmed
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