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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/16/2011 5:00:53 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Big B

This excellent series is actually available through Amazon.com.
History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set [Hardcover]

In the internet(s) age, hard to find books and videos can usually be obtained through online shopping....

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_United_States_Naval_Operations_in_World_War_II

I got it for Christmas almost 10 years ago. It is hard to come by now in complete form but is completely worth it.


The 15th and final book is also excellent because it contains an index that lists dozens upon dozens of other works that you can then branch out from and reference.





I noticed that when I posted, but those are used. My parents got my set for me. I have no idea where they got them from. For some reason I want to say that my mother perhaps ordered them straight from the publisher.

Holy moly! That is expensive from Amazon. I purchased mine for $150.00 from the Military Issue. Hasn't been in the catalog for some time; but I'm sure it will be back. Just keep an eye out for it come come back. Half way through volume VIII: the Aluetians, New Guinea & the Marianna's. Great stuff.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/19/2011 8:33:05 PM   
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Thank you for all your answers!!! Now you got me browsing web in search!!!

I don't know what to start with;) gonna look for that 15 Vol monster;)

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/19/2011 11:06:14 PM   
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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/19/2011 11:26:24 PM   
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lol....i thought i was the only one who would have a copy of 2194 days of war. (well i "used" to have a copy)


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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 12:05:41 AM   
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I would recommend:

Shattered Sword (just another endorsement)

Decision at Sea: The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (Eric hammel)
Starvation Island (Eric Hammel again)
along with the Carrier Battles volume recommended earlier this constitutes a great trilogy about the Guadalcanal Campaign

Another interesting one is: A Long Days Journey Into War: December 7th, 1941. It concerns itself with the goings on all over the planet (Russia, North Africa, China) on that one single day and does a good job of fitting the U.S. entry into WWII into the context of the entire conflict.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:24:43 AM   
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I just finished Eagle Against the Sun and thought it was an excellent 1-volume account of the Pacific war. It will leave you hungry for more.

Costello's Pacific War is always a good choice.

I thought At Dawn We Slept was excellent. Although at first I didn't think I would like it as it goes heavily into the background of the war, once it got rolling towards the Pearl Harbor attack I couldn't put it down.

A few books that weren't mentioned- Lundstrom has a few books about the Pacific war. I particularly enjoyed Black Shoe Carrier Admiral, which is probably the defense of Fletcher alluded to above. His two First Team books are also excellent, but air-centric.

I just started The Rising Sun this week and I'm interested to see how it compares to other 1-volume war accounts.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:43:32 AM   
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Japanese destroyer captain by Hara,Peleliu and two jima by Ross are good readable books.
Treespider you have a few books that I also possess-Prelude to Pearl Harbor is good,also see barrets Hitlers generals is the blue book to its right the one about Hitlers luftwaffe generals?There good to.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:47:53 AM   
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All those years (and dollars) collecting Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and now it's available online. Oh well, I prefer books. To lean over, spill coffee on, and put book marks in.






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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:48:39 AM   
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The Green books are well worthwhile...




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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:50:20 AM   
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Soem of this stuff is really great. Note two copies of World War II order of battle. The updated volume has just a little bit more...




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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:51:59 AM   
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This is the really good section. Those two bottom shelves cost more than my first year's pay in the Navy.






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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:54:03 AM   
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More books and some music. In the lower right is a picture of my beautiful wife during a rare Texas snowstorm.






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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 1:54:59 AM   
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And the last of it...




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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 3:31:17 PM   
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A book that I found absolutely fascinating and fills a number of holes for some ships in the beginning months was Winslow: "The Fleet the Gods Forgot: The U.S. Asiatic Fleet in World War II". If you folks want to know what happened to the USS Pope for example, this is the book! I've only seen it in soft cover, but still worth getting for details of the US Asiatic Fleet.... Hal

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/20/2011 3:51:02 PM   
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For what it is worth, most of the Green Books can now be purchased in CD form from the GPO.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/21/2011 8:01:00 AM   
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ORIGINAL: spence

I would recommend:

Shattered Sword (just another endorsement)




Great book! I have just finished reading it for the second time.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/21/2011 8:48:24 AM   
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Impressive collection, Don  By any chance, do you have a copy of "Forgotten Fleet: a history of the part played by Australian men and ships in the U.S. Army Small Ships Section in New Guinea, 1942-1945" by Bill Lunney and Frank Finch?  

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/21/2011 1:59:58 PM   
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Impressive collection, Don  By any chance, do you have a copy of "Forgotten Fleet: a history of the part played by Australian men and ships in the U.S. Army Small Ships Section in New Guinea, 1942-1945" by Bill Lunney and Frank Finch?  


Sure don't. A friend of mine in Australia attempted to get one for me but got no reply after asking about it on the website. You got one?

Don

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/21/2011 11:32:44 PM   
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When I first got married it was sharing pictures of babies and weddings. Whe I moved south it was pictures of the latest kill dead dear, ducks and bear. Now I must be in heaven, Did the rapture happen?, BOOKS, BOOKS BOOKS I love it. Do you are a ma after my ow heart!

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/22/2011 12:16:34 AM   
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Do you are a ma after my ow heart!


Skyros, I think your "n" key has been Raptured.

BTW, congrats on post 1000!

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/22/2011 12:28:23 AM   
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Skyros, I think your "n" key has been Raptured.





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Uh-oh! Mi e too!!!!

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/22/2011 4:03:38 AM   
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My wife just saw this thread and asked me why are the guys here bragging by showing pictures of their books! 

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/22/2011 9:31:07 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Don Bowen

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Impressive collection, Don  By any chance, do you have a copy of "Forgotten Fleet: a history of the part played by Australian men and ships in the U.S. Army Small Ships Section in New Guinea, 1942-1945" by Bill Lunney and Frank Finch?  


Sure don't. A friend of mine in Australia attempted to get one for me but got no reply after asking about it on the website. You got one?

Don


Well, I have located a second-hand copy of the first edition at http://regimental-books.com.au

I'd prefer to get the updated and expanded 2nd edition - unfortunately it is "out of stock", "not available", "not found" or "Out of print"...

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/26/2011 5:20:38 PM   
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Very impressive,when i get all my books shelved I will attempt to show them here if I can figure out how to upload them to this forum.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/26/2011 5:57:25 PM   
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Say Don?  For those of us without a bunch of time on our hands, would you please sort those for us?.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/28/2011 2:02:14 AM   
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Shattered Sword is now out for the Kindle, so that just became my Memorial Day reading material. As much as I admire the above collection, I don't have any more room for bookshelves in my house.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/28/2011 7:57:46 AM   
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I can recommend "Empires in Balance" and "The Barrier and the Javelin" by H.P. Willmott. These books covers the war in the first months and are excellent from a strategical and political point of view and describes also the battles in a very analytical style. There is also a 3rd volume but i have not read it.

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/29/2011 5:06:16 PM   
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well lets start with

Flying Buccaneers-the illustrated history of Kenneys fifth air force written by Steve Birdsall

Ding Hao-Americas air war in china 1937-1945 written by Wanda Cornelius and Thayne Short

Saga of The Superfortress-The dramatic story of the B-29 and the Twentieth Air force written by Steve Birdsall

I-Boat Captain written by Zenji Orita with Joseph D. Harrington

A Battle History of The Imperial Japanese Navy(1941-1945) written by Paul S. Dull

The Battle of Leyte Gulf by Adrian Stewart

Enola Gay by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts

Samurai by Saburo Sakai

Blue Skies and Blood-The Battle of the Coral Sea byEdwin P. Hoyt

Storm over the Gilberts by Edwin P.Hoyt

Point of No Return-The story of the Twentieth AF by Wilbur H. Morrison

Guadalcanal by Richard B. Frank(Highly recommended probably no other book as indepth about Guadalcanal)

Pacific Warriors-The US Marines in WWII by Eric Hammel

Silent Victory 1+2 by Clay Blair JR or United States Submarine Operations in WWII by Theodore Roscoe (the latter is much better they are basically the same as far as the writing but the latter has a few extra goodies like maps of all the sinkings and etc. but is probably extremely expensive cost like 200 bucks 15 yrs ago so have no idea what it is now!!!)

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/29/2011 10:31:44 PM   
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Speaking of books, I have some news. My latest title, Thunder in Its Courses: Essays on the Battlecruiser, is now available in Kindle and Nook editions. Hard copies should be out there in a couple weeks. Here's the promotional blurb.

Few subjects in naval history have elicited as much romance and disdain as the battlecruiser. And few subjects have gone so grossly misunderstood.
Fundamental errors regarding the battlecruiser's origins and the technology of the times continue to distort hindsight, obscuring the historical context of these powerful, majestic ships. Thunder in Its Courses clears away the misconceptions, with essays establishing the basic facts of the capital-ship cruiser as well as thorny issues regarding individual designs.
Richard Worth writes for the Warship and Warship International journals. His book titles include In the Shadow of the Battleship, Raising the Red Banner (with Vladimir Yakubov), On Seas Contested (edited with Vincent P. O'Hara and W. David Dickson), and Fleets of World War II.

Go ye therefore and order multiple copies!

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RE: Books about the War in the Pacific? - 5/30/2011 12:27:00 AM   
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Speaking of books, I have some news. My latest title, Thunder in Its Courses: Essays on the Battlecruiser, is now available in Kindle and Nook editions. Hard copies should be out there in a couple weeks. Here's the promotional blurb.

Few subjects in naval history have elicited as much romance and disdain as the battlecruiser. And few subjects have gone so grossly misunderstood.
Fundamental errors regarding the battlecruiser's origins and the technology of the times continue to distort hindsight, obscuring the historical context of these powerful, majestic ships. Thunder in Its Courses clears away the misconceptions, with essays establishing the basic facts of the capital-ship cruiser as well as thorny issues regarding individual designs.
Richard Worth writes for the Warship and Warship International journals. His book titles include In the Shadow of the Battleship, Raising the Red Banner (with Vladimir Yakubov), On Seas Contested (edited with Vincent P. O'Hara and W. David Dickson), and Fleets of World War II.

Go ye therefore and order multiple copies!



Thanks for the tip Richard....I just ordered and downloaded to my Kindle. I look forward to reading it. And I look forward to ordering my hard copy version.

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