From: Colorado, littleton
I expect you've read some of these already, but here are my current favorites:
The Second World War - Winston S. Churchill - Dry at times, and it omits some data that's now non-confidential (e.g. Ultra) but it's a fascinating insight into the decision making process that guided the war. I'd recommend all 6 unabridged volumes as opposed to the 1 volume abridged version which is available.
The Rising Sun... - John Toland - An overview of the whole Pacific war largely from the Japanese point of view. It provides very interesting data on how Japan got involved with the war in China & then the Great Pacific War.
Shattered Sword - Jonathan Parshall - Challenges some of the myths of the Battle of Midway & provides a chilling account of how-it-was for the sailors of KB.
Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors - James Hornfischer - I only recently picked this up, but it's by far the best account of the battle off Samar that I've read.
Stalingrad - Antony Beevor - I've read a lot about that battle as it somehow fascinates me more than any other, and Antony Beevor's account is by far the most complete & intimate that I've personally come across.
Gudalcanal - Richard B. Frank - Great detail on both the land & sea battles around that island.
Fire in the Sky - Eric Bergerud - This probably should be higher in my list. It provides great understanding on the air war in the Solomons & New Guinea. And how/why the allies eventually got the upper hand. Very good book, IMO.
COMBINED FLEET DECODED John Prados
KAIGUN (japanese strategy, tactics, ship design) Davis C Evans
THE FIRST TEAM John Lundstrom
CASTLES OF STEEL (ww1 at sea) Robert K. Massie
RISING SUN VICTORIOUS (alternate pacific war scenarios) ed Peter Tsouras any collection by him about alternate possible what if scenarios
< Message edited by waynec -- 12/17/2006 2:17:39 AM >
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