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Includes the name: Jonathan Parshall

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I still want to read Layton's book, but I can't imagine needing to read anything else regarding Midway. Authoritative. Also includes excellent analysis of overall Japanese strategy. I especially appreciated the breakdown of 3D imaging to explain plane 'spotting', timing & elevator use, etc to describe events that would otherwise be lost.
kcshankd | outras 12 resenhas | Jun 4, 2024 |
won the 2005 John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History for the category "U.S. Naval History" - First published in 2007, Shattered Sword brought to light newly available information from Japanese sources. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/events/128639-shattered-sword-...
MasseyLibrary | outras 12 resenhas | May 29, 2023 |
Wow! A huge piece of research on the 1942 Battle of Midway. The authors start out by telling us in the introduction that they plan to challenge some of the widely-held beliefs about the battle, then do exactly that, using facts and sources that leave the reader convinced that our Western understanding of this important milestone in the Pacific war has been misinterpreted for 60 years. Gems like "Japanese Amphibious Operations Against Midway," and "Japanese Radar at Midway" are included. Thankfully, there is no blow-by-blow conversation and analysis of the Aleutian campaign as well. The authors explore many possibilities open to the Japanese after the battle, but never really discuss what would have happened if the Japanese had decided to sue for peace at that time which was a slight disappointment for me (after all, Roosevelt and Churchill hadn't yet enunciated the unconditional surrender policy). Overall, just a great book for serious WWII historians.… (mais)
Jeff.Rosendahl | outras 12 resenhas | Sep 21, 2021 |

Shattered Sword, The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully (audio book, 24 hours). This book purports to bring significant new facts to, and a major reinterpretation of, the Battle of Midway. The authors bring to bear a somewhat old (20 years) reconsideration of the most respected Japanese authority on the battle as well as a much better understanding of Japanese carrier operations, naval doctrine, and other operational details hitherto fore not understood or fully appreciated by other authors/historians. I am not in a position to support or dispute their assertions, and can only say the sometimes excruciatingly fine details of the wide ranging and extended engagement are fascinating. In fact, some of the details — like the names of specific aviators, both Japanese and American, and exactly how and when (minute by minute) they were shot down — are so precise they almost defy credibility. However, it’s clear that the authors sifted through reams of sailor and pilot accounts, official records, memoirs, naval records, log books, and other original sources. The main contention is that numerous widely accepted “facts” about the battle are either outright falsehoods (by the now discredited Japanese survivor and historian), honest errors, misinterpretations, conjectures based on incomplete records, or previously unexamined details (like understandings of elevator speed and its effect on launching planes, flight operations, communications, naval doctrine as it influenced it dictated decision-making, etc.). Having read other accounts of the battle, this book provides far more details than any of the others. The authors contend the U.S. victory was not the miracle it has been represented as, was not a true turning point in the war, the battle timelines of popular histories are at variance with official records, the U.S. decision to engage was not as risky as has been argued, the outcome was not as surprising as some contend, and other facts and interpretations are flawed or more nuanced than popularly believed. My admittedly non-expert assessment is that the additional details are fascinating and illuminating, but I did not finish the book thinking I’d been materially misled (intentionally or not) or that everything the authors added changed my overall understanding. I do think this is better history, in no small part because Japanese records, doctrine, operational minutiae, culture, and interpretations are incorporated into the previously one-sided (U.S.) view. In fact, the authors largely present the battle from a Japanese perspective which, in and of itself, is fascinating. (As an aside, I had never thought about the voluntary but culturally normative practice of suicide as an alternative to the shame of defeat, removed expert warriors, and impaired some post battle re-assessment of planning and practice.) In any event, I loved this book and recommend it to Pacific theater operations.… (mais)
wildh2o | outras 12 resenhas | Jul 10, 2021 |



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