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RE: Guadalcanal - 12/25/2011 4:43:59 PM   
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Kindle version of this book releasing Feb. 14th, 2012: Enterprise: by Barrett Tillman

My personal favorites are the Morison series. I bought a set in the late 80's and still love to thumb through them. Thanks to this forum I have found many gems. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway is now on my Kindle, as well as Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island and others.

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RE: Guadalcanal - 12/25/2011 4:54:12 PM   
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received "The First Team and Guadalcanal Campaign" today. I guess its OK to play WITP-AE with the resident Ayatolla.

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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 5/12/2012 11:41:37 PM   
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The Burma Campaign by Frank McLynn

This is a Political History. It includes all the “dirt” on the various generals and high political figures etc. It explains why General X hated General Y. The silly reasons for many odd personnel decisions are explained, as well as some unsound strategy. It is decidedly written from the British point of view. The actual combat is mostly only covered at a high level. I highly recommend it for the advanced student of the war. It probably should not be your first book on the subject. If you read it, be sure to scan the notes. The author buried some of the most interesting stuff (at least to AE readers) deep in the fine print at the back, such as pg 474 “The corruption on the Hump and the Burma Road was egregious even by Kuomintang standards. Sixteen different Chinese agencies supervised the arriving Lend-Lease materiel, all the directors of which had been appointed by nepotism. Much of the supplies simply did not arrive, being appropriated by the KMT ‘rake-off’. One estimate was that for every 14,000 tons that left India and Burma, only 5,000 tons reached China…”

Warning, Warning, Will Robinson, the personal views of the author are to be taken with about a ton of salt. He is very often wrong. For example, the way to react when suddenly facing a tiger in the jungle does NOT involve running away. Nor was the invasion of Ceylon necessarily the best possible strategy for Japan. General Slim was very, very good, but probably not the best General in the whole world, ever. He might not have even been the best British General of WWII (I’m thinking about O’Connor NOT Montgomery.) Also be warned, McLynn gives the dirt on lots of people, even including his favorite Slim (he made some bad personnel decisions among other things.) McLynn is much less nice to everybody else. All the standard heroes of the war except Marshal get raked over the coals, including Churchill, Roosevelt, Stillwell, Chang etc. In places this book reads more like a gossip column rather than a history. (Yes, it does include some of who was sleeping with whom.) Again, I recommend the book but be very, very careful of the author’s conclusions.



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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 5/22/2012 1:33:19 PM   
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Fantastic thread, looking forward to both retirement and a long life.
Can we have this thread stickied, pls?
Thanks for all the work, Yankee!
Here comes more btw: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3109451

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 7/15/2012 7:41:51 PM   
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Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix and Linton Wells II

Why you might want the book, “Not only is this the best work by far on Japanese cruisers, it is also invaluable for the insights it provides into the Japanese navy as a whole,” dust jacket quote from Norman Friedman, author of the roughly comparable series of books on US, well, pretty much every class of Navy ships and boats. I pretty well agree.

Why you might not want it, Amazon wants somewhere between $200 and $300 used for it.

There is a vast quantity of information here, everything from the usual, guns, speed, armor, lots of drawings, service history, etc. to the unusual, like the launch speed attained by one cruiser. There is a detailed breakdown of which cruiser had what funnel identification bands when. There is lots of detail not usually found in this type of book, like detailed stability figures, hull weight distribution, space devoted to habitability, engine room layout, engine details, etc. There is some very interesting data like hit percentages at various ranges during practice and ammunition usage during various surface actions, so some idea can be gathered of actual combat accuracy.

What isn’t there. There isn’t much discussion over the design process, probably because there doesn’t seem to have been that much discussion. In Friedman’s books, lots of space is devoted to long, detailed arguments between the various authorities over what should get built and why the ships came out the way they did. In Japan, the admirals decreed and the designer produced. There were some discussions over some ships, but nothing like the long fights in the US or the fights aren’t in the book. That probably has something to do with the way many of the ships came out. { My opinion, The book’s authors’ do mention, in passing, that the designer of the later cruisers didn’t fight the admirals the way the previous one did. } The book does have a discussion on the overweigh problem and how it seems to have been (pre treaty abrogation) a massive design error not evil planning. After treaty abrogation the treaty 10,000 ton cruisers ended up displacing over 15,000 tons.

What is unfortunately missing. There is a detailed discussion on where some ships got hit and how much damage was caused, including drawings and pictures. With others there isn’t much. For example one cruiser survived three torpedo hits and came home by itself, but there isn’t much info, probably because of war related document destruction (the authors don’t say much about such things.) There also isn’t much discussion about what worked and what didn’t. The authors do discuss the controversial practice of centerline bulkheads (they tend to led to very severe danger of capsizing.) In their opinion the provision of extensive counter flooding equipment etc. was mostly sufficient. (I disagree, but I’m not an expert.)

Again, I think this is a great book for anybody really intrested in the gritty details of WWII cruisers.



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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 7/15/2012 7:46:56 PM   
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Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix and Linton Wells II

Why you might want the book, “Not only is this the best work by far on Japanese cruisers, it is also invaluable for the insights it provides into the Japanese navy as a whole,” dust jacket quote from Norman Friedman, author of the roughly comparable series of books on US, well, pretty much every class of Navy ships and boats. I pretty well agree.

Why you might not want it, Amazon wants somewhere between $200 and $300 used for it.

There is a vast quantity of information here, everything from the usual, guns, speed, armor, lots of drawings, service history, etc. to the unusual, like the launch speed attained by one cruiser. There is a detailed breakdown of which cruiser had what funnel identification bands when. There is lots of detail not usually found in this type of book, like detailed stability figures, hull weight distribution, space devoted to habitability, engine room layout, engine details, etc. There is some very interesting data like hit percentages at various ranges during practice and ammunition usage during various surface actions, so some idea can be gathered of actual combat accuracy.

What isn’t there. There isn’t much discussion over the design process, probably because there doesn’t seem to have been that much discussion. In Friedman’s books, lots of space is devoted to long, detailed arguments between the various authorities over what should get built and why the ships came out the way they did. In Japan, the admirals decreed and the designer produced. There were some discussions over some ships, but nothing like the long fights in the US or the fights aren’t in the book. That probably has something to do with the way many of the ships came out. { My opinion, The book’s authors’ do mention, in passing, that the designer of the later cruisers didn’t fight the admirals the way the previous one did. } The book does have a discussion on the overweigh problem and how it seems to have been (pre treaty abrogation) a massive design error not evil planning. After treaty abrogation the treaty 10,000 ton cruisers ended up displacing over 15,000 tons.

What is unfortunately missing. There is a detailed discussion on where some ships got hit and how much damage was caused, including drawings and pictures. With others there isn’t much. For example one cruiser survived three torpedo hits and came home by itself, but there isn’t much info, probably because of war related document destruction (the authors don’t say much about such things.) There also isn’t much discussion about what worked and what didn’t. The authors do discuss the controversial practice of centerline bulkheads (they tend to led to very severe danger of capsizing.) In their opinion the provision of extensive counter flooding equipment etc. was mostly sufficient. (I disagree, but I’m not an expert.)

Again, I think this is a wonderful, if expensive, book for anybody intrested in the gritty details of WWII cruisers.


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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 7/15/2012 8:38:25 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: LowCommand


Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix and Linton Wells II

Why you might want the book, “Not only is this the best work by far on Japanese cruisers, it is also invaluable for the insights it provides into the Japanese navy as a whole,” dust jacket quote from Norman Friedman, author of the roughly comparable series of books on US, well, pretty much every class of Navy ships and boats. I pretty well agree.

Why you might not want it, Amazon wants somewhere between $200 and $300 used for it.

There is a vast quantity of information here, everything from the usual, guns, speed, armor, lots of drawings, service history, etc. to the unusual, like the launch speed attained by one cruiser. There is a detailed breakdown of which cruiser had what funnel identification bands when. There is lots of detail not usually found in this type of book, like detailed stability figures, hull weight distribution, space devoted to habitability, engine room layout, engine details, etc. There is some very interesting data like hit percentages at various ranges during practice and ammunition usage during various surface actions, so some idea can be gathered of actual combat accuracy.

What isn’t there. There isn’t much discussion over the design process, probably because there doesn’t seem to have been that much discussion. In Friedman’s books, lots of space is devoted to long, detailed arguments between the various authorities over what should get built and why the ships came out the way they did. In Japan, the admirals decreed and the designer produced. There were some discussions over some ships, but nothing like the long fights in the US or the fights aren’t in the book. That probably has something to do with the way many of the ships came out. { My opinion, The book’s authors’ do mention, in passing, that the designer of the later cruisers didn’t fight the admirals the way the previous one did. } The book does have a discussion on the overweigh problem and how it seems to have been (pre treaty abrogation) a massive design error not evil planning. After treaty abrogation the treaty 10,000 ton cruisers ended up displacing over 15,000 tons.

What is unfortunately missing. There is a detailed discussion on where some ships got hit and how much damage was caused, including drawings and pictures. With others there isn’t much. For example one cruiser survived three torpedo hits and came home by itself, but there isn’t much info, probably because of war related document destruction (the authors don’t say much about such things.) There also isn’t much discussion about what worked and what didn’t. The authors do discuss the controversial practice of centerline bulkheads (they tend to led to very severe danger of capsizing.) In their opinion the provision of extensive counter flooding equipment etc. was mostly sufficient. (I disagree, but I’m not an expert.)

Again, I think this is a wonderful, if expensive, book for anybody intrested in the gritty details of WWII cruisers.

Warspite1

Why so damn expensive?? I would love that book....but at that price its sadly not possible


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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 7/15/2012 9:31:12 PM   
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Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War


It is an out of print book and popular. The classic of supply and demand

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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 7/17/2012 5:22:09 PM   
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Surprised this one isn't in the thread yet. I found it at the library as a young man about 15 years ago, and recently bought it used off of Amazon. My copy didn't come with the jacket, but that's OK...

http://www.amazon.com/The-campaign-Guadalcanal-battle-history/dp/0385043546/

A couple hundred pages with an extensive appendix and bibliography. Hundreds of drawings and maps of the campaign. Every major engagement is detailed. Hardcover, and you can get a copy in "very good" or "like new" condition for about $15 US.

It really is an amazing book. I got my copy yesterday, and while paging through I noticed that Coggins' sources stated that I-19 torpedoed Wasp while I-15 tried for Hornet and hit North Carolina/O'Brien instead, when in reality it was the same salvo that traveled (I still go at that) all the miles in between the task forces to hit the BB and DD. But hey, we might not have known that in 1972...

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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 7/20/2012 2:00:08 PM   
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Great book, I remember reading it back in the 70s when I was in high school. Its detailed battle obs got me into naval miniatures.
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ORIGINAL: Lokasenna

Surprised this one isn't in the thread yet. I found it at the library as a young man about 15 years ago, and recently bought it used off of Amazon. My copy didn't come with the jacket, but that's OK...

http://www.amazon.com/The-campaign-Guadalcanal-battle-history/dp/0385043546/

A couple hundred pages with an extensive appendix and bibliography. Hundreds of drawings and maps of the campaign. Every major engagement is detailed. Hardcover, and you can get a copy in "very good" or "like new" condition for about $15 US.

It really is an amazing book. I got my copy yesterday, and while paging through I noticed that Coggins' sources stated that I-19 torpedoed Wasp while I-15 tried for Hornet and hit North Carolina/O'Brien instead, when in reality it was the same salvo that traveled (I still go at that) all the miles in between the task forces to hit the BB and DD. But hey, we might not have known that in 1972...



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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 4/12/2013 8:13:16 AM   
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thanks!
really nice thread. should be sticky!!

chem!

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/13/2013 11:32:06 PM   
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Can you recommend some good books about the Battle of the Coral Sea and Marianas? Thanks.

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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 5/16/2013 11:05:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lokasenna

Surprised this one isn't in the thread yet. I found it at the library as a young man about 15 years ago, and recently bought it used off of Amazon. My copy didn't come with the jacket, but that's OK...

http://www.amazon.com/The-campaign-Guadalcanal-battle-history/dp/0385043546/

A couple hundred pages with an extensive appendix and bibliography. Hundreds of drawings and maps of the campaign. Every major engagement is detailed. Hardcover, and you can get a copy in "very good" or "like new" condition for about $15 US.

It really is an amazing book. I got my copy yesterday, and while paging through I noticed that Coggins' sources stated that I-19 torpedoed Wasp while I-15 tried for Hornet and hit North Carolina/O'Brien instead, when in reality it was the same salvo that traveled (I still go at that) all the miles in between the task forces to hit the BB and DD. But hey, we might not have known that in 1972...



Thanks for the heads up!! Pulled the trigger yesterday......


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Can you recommend some good books about the Battle of the Coral Sea and Marianas? Thanks.



I understand Hoyt doesn't go into great depth but I enjoy his books. I'd recommend Blue Skies and Blood

I'd also recommend To the Marianas: War in the Central Pacific 1944 by Hoyt which is also light reading.

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RE: the Book Thread - Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War - 5/17/2013 10:22:47 PM   
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thanks for suggestion SuluSea, Blue Skies and Blood is on my wish list.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 12/18/2013 3:55:49 PM   
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Someone asked for general strategy. You could try:

Modern Strategy by Colin S. Gray (1999)
Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian S. Corbett (Dover Ed. 2004)

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/4/2014 10:22:58 PM   
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I hope folks are still reading this thread, it is very informative! I just picked up a book and don't see it mentioned, so I thought I would get your collective view. It is Alan Zimm's Attack on Pearl Harbor, Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deception. Anyone read it, it looks very much like a very detailed review of the attack. Thanks in advance. Hal

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/5/2014 3:37:07 AM   
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I actually just picked up "Pacific Crucible" today. Looking forward to reading it, and will post about it if it's good.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/5/2014 12:13:07 PM   
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"The Burma Campaign by Frank McLynn"

Lowcommand is spot on about this. I wanted something about the Burma Campaign, not a general history of the various leaders. One of the few history books I actually regret buying.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/5/2014 3:16:33 PM   
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"The Burma Campaign by Frank McLynn"

Lowcommand is spot on about this. I wanted something about the Burma Campaign, not a general history of the various leaders. One of the few history books I actually regret buying.

I have an older book, 1979, "Behind Japanese Lines" by Richard Dunlop. I centers on the OSS in Burma, but it is very interesting. Hal

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/5/2014 4:16:55 PM   
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"The Burma Campaign by Frank McLynn"

Lowcommand is spot on about this. I wanted something about the Burma Campaign, not a general history of the various leaders. One of the few history books I actually regret buying.


Try Burma: The Longest War 1941-45 by Louis Allen. Allen was an intelligence officer in the British army in Southeast Asia during World War II, spoke Japanese, and accessed both British and Japanese sources and personal correspondence.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/7/2014 7:06:21 PM   
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ORIGINAL: msieving1


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"The Burma Campaign by Frank McLynn"

Lowcommand is spot on about this. I wanted something about the Burma Campaign, not a general history of the various leaders. One of the few history books I actually regret buying.


Try Burma: The Longest War 1941-45 by Louis Allen. Allen was an intelligence officer in the British army in Southeast Asia during World War II, spoke Japanese, and accessed both British and Japanese sources and personal correspondence.

Read it just last year. Thank god for all the maps to help guide me along the operations. I may have to reread 'Sittang: the Last Battle'. Been over 30 years since I read that one.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/7/2014 7:34:44 PM   
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I read Operation KE by Roger Letourneau and thought it to be a nice 'niche' book covering the Japanese withdrawal from Guadalcanal.


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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/7/2014 8:05:36 PM   
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I read Operation KE by Roger Letourneau and thought it to be a nice 'niche' book covering the Japanese withdrawal from Guadalcanal.


Oh no! Damn you guys. 'Operation KE'. Off to the on-line store...again.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/7/2014 8:22:18 PM   
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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 1/7/2014 9:55:02 PM   
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Bastards! All of you.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/21/2015 11:21:27 AM   
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IDEA

Instead of reinventing the wheel every time we want to post a book on the forum, perhaps we could simply add to this thread. Maybe each person could copy and add a note to the top for that post, indicating what they've added to the lists and identifying whether it was here already, but copy the format exactly and keep it uniform as a common resource. (Copied by using 'quote' and adding the note and book but removing the framing quote html tags).

I've gone through and tried to better organize this visually so each title stands out, and I've added titles from the first page of the thread down to SuluSea's post. Now I have to do some work! I'll finish adding the rest later today. I'll fix all links and titles to be uniform as well.

Suggestions? Thoughts?




Pre-War Books or How we set the Stage:


Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navy by Captain J.T. Kuhen USN(Ret)

Yangtze Patrol: The U.S. Navy in China by RADM Kemp Tolley

War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945 by Edward S. Miller

Military Innovation in the Interwar Period by Williamson Murray

Two-Block Fox: The Rise of the Aircraft Carrier, 1911-1929 by Charles Melhorn [Note out of Print since the mid 1980's very hard to find]

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang

Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941 by David C. Evans

Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search for Economic Security, 1919-1941 (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) by Micheal Barnhart

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret McMillian

The Treaty Navy: The Story of the US Naval Service Between the World Wars by James Hammond

Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan Before Pearl Harbor by Edward S. Miller

Sunburst by Mark Peattie from Pascal

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945By John Toland from Apollo11

At Dawn We Slept / Dec. 7th / Pearl Harbor - The Verdict of History from LargeSlowTarget

Origins of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific by Akira Iriye

Cry Havoc: The Arms Race and the Second World War, 1931-41 by Joe Maiolo

Racing the Sunrise: Reinforcing America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-42







General Refernce Books or some information on the platforms:


U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Revised Edition by Norman Friedman

U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Submarines Through 1945 : An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War by Norman Friedman

British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After by Norman Friedman

U.S. Small Combatants, Including Pt-Boats, Subchasers, and the Brown-Water Navy: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

British Naval Aircraft Since 1912 (Putnam Aviation Series) by Owen Thetford

United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911 (Putnam's US aircraft) by Gordon Swanbourough

Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War by Rene Francillion

Dive Bomber! by Peter C. Smith

The B-24 in China: General Chennault's Secret Weapon in WWII by A. Feuer

The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft, Vol. 1 (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII series) by William McGee

Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II, Vol. III (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII series) by William McGee

The INVENTION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: HOW A SMALL GROUP OF RADAR PIONEERS WON THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND LAUNCHED A TECH by Robert Burdei

SETTING OF THE RISING SUN, THE: Japanese Military Aviation 1877-1945 by Terry Treadwell

The M1 Garand, 1936-1957 by Joe Poyer

Report of Joint Fighter Conference: : NAS Patuxent River, MD - 16-23 October 1944 (Schiffer Military History)

The Army Air Forces in World War II from oldman45

The Deadly Fuze by R B Baldwin: development of the anti-aircraft artillery proximity fuze

A Radar History of World War II by Louis Brown from Pascal

Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix and Linton Wells II





General Overview of the War or The Big Picture:


Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan by Ronald Spector

History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set by RADM S. E. Morison

Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan by Robert Leckie

Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War by RADM S. E. Morison

Empires in the Balance: Japanese and Allied Pacific Strategies to April 1942 by H.P. Willmott

Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February to June 1942 by H.P. Willmott

The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 by Mark Peattie

December 1941 by Evan Mawdsley
Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-two Days That Decided World War II by David Downing

Reporting World War II, Part 1: American Journalism, 1938-1944 by Library of America

Reporting World War II Part Two: American Journalism 1944-46 by Samuel Hynes

The Chancy War: Winning China, Burma, and India in World War II by Edward Fischer

A World at Arms by Gerhard Weinberg from Pascal

Touched With Fire by Eric Bergerud

Fire in the Sky by Eric Bergerud from wpurdom

H.P. Wilmott: Empires in the Balance: Japanese and Allied Pacific Strategies to April 1942 (World War II) from Sardaukar

H.P. Wilmott: Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February to June 1942 from Sardaukar

Oil On The Water: The Naval War In The South Pacific from SuluSea

Eagle Against the Sun by Ronald H. Spector







Battles Histories or the inside view of a battle:


Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway by J. Parshall

Clash of The Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II by Barrett Tillman

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornsfischer

Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornsfischer

Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 (Vintage) by Max Hastings

Disaster in the Pacific: New Light on the Battle of Savo Island by Denis Warner

The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor by W. B. Breuer

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

The Times When Men Must Die: The Story of the Destruction of the Philippine Army During the Early Months of World War II in the Pacific, December 1941-may 1942 by Marconi M. Dosoi

Corregidor: The American Alamo of World War II by Eric Morris

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barabra Tuchman

Corregidor: The Rock Force Assault by E. Flanagan

One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa by John Wukovits

MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines by Richard Connaughton

Bataan: Our Last Ditch : The Bataan Campaign, 1942 by John Whitman

Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa by John H. Alexander

Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island by Bill Sloan

Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island by John Wukovits

JAPAN'S LAST BID FOR VICTORY: The Invasion of India, 1944 by Robert Lyman

"Execute against Japan": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) By Joel Holwitt

Forgotten Armies by Christopher Bayly

JAPAN'S LAST BID FOR VICTORY: The Invasion of India, 1944 by Robert Lyman
Kohima: The Furthest Battle: The Story of the Japanese Invasion of India in 1944 and the Battle of Kohima by Lesile Edwards

Born in the Jungles of Burma: Behind Enemy Lines in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations by Andrew Wax

The Jungle War: Mavericks, Marauders and Madmen in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II by Gerald Astor

The Allied Resupply Effort in the China-Burma-India Theater During World War II by L. Daughtery

Thousand-Mile War - WWII in Alaska

Burma: The Longest War, 1941-19451 Sep 1985 by Louis Allen

Guadalcanal: The Definative Account of the Landmark Battle; Richard B Frank

The campaign for Guadalcanal;: A battle that made history by Jack Coggins

To the Marianas: War in the Central Pacific 1944 by Edwin Palmer Hoyt

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions by Alan Zimm

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 by Ian W. Toll








Unit Histories or a close up view of the units involved:


First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway by John Lundstrom

Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942 by William H. Bartsch

A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight by Robert J. Marzek

First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 by John B. Lundstrom

The Men of the Gambier Bay: The Amazing True Story of the Battle of Leyte Gulf by Edwin P. Hoyt

Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II by Joseph A. Springer

Coast Watching in World War II: Operations against the Japanese on the Solomon Islands, 1941-43 by A. Feuer

Hunting of Force Z by Richard Hough

Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II by Bruce Gamble

Task Force 57: The British Pacific Fleet, 1944-45 by Peter C. Smith

Blossoming Silk Against the Rising Sun: U.s. and Japanese Paratroopers at War in the Pacific in World War II by Gene Salecker

Australian Commandos: Their Secret War against the Japanese in WWII by A.B. Feuer

The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry by Peter F. Stevens

Iron Men and Tin Fish: The Race to Build a Better Torpedo During World War II by Anthony Newpower

American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders and America's First Special Forces Mission by John Wukovits

Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines by John Gordon

Concrete Battleship: Fort Drum, El Fraile Island, Manila Bay by Francis J. Allen

Guests of the Emperor: The Secret History of Japan's Mukden POW Camp by L. G. Holmes

The Elusive Enemy: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Fleet by Douglas Ford

Resurrection: Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor by Daniel Madsen

Pearl Harbor: Why, How, Fleet Salvage and Final Appraisal by Homer Wallin

Battalion of the Damned: The 1st Marine Paratroopers at Gavutu and Bloody Ridge, 1942 by James F. Christ

Building for Victory: World War II in China, Burma, and India and the 1875th Engineer Aviation Battalion by William King

An Airline at War: The Story of China National Aviation Corporation and its Men by Robert Willet

Eagles, Bulldogs & Tigers: History of the 22nd Bomb Squadron in China-Burma-India by David Hayward

US Subs Down Under. Brisbane, 1942 -1945 David Jones and Peter Nunan

The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft, Vol. 1 by William L. McGee

McGee, William L., The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point, Vol. II by William L. McGee

The Elusive Enemy: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Fleet by Douglas Ford

The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph 1942-45 by Frank McLynn

Bloody Ridge: The Battle That Saved Guadalcanal by Michael T. Smith

The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 by John B. Lundstrom

Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific








Some Personal Histories or "There I was..."


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge

Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester

Queen of the Flat-Tops by Stanley Johnson

I Saw Tokyo Burning: An Eyewitness Narrative from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima by Robert Guillian

Baa Baa Black Sheep by LtCol. Gregory Boyington USMC (Ret.)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted Lawson

God Is My Co-Pilot by R. L. Scott

Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway-The Great Naval Battles as Seen Through Japanese Eyes by Captain Tamiachi Hara JMSDF (Ret.)

Take Her Deep!: A Submarine Against Japan in World War II by Adm. I. J. Galantin

Samurai! by Saburo Sakai
Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II by Ann Layson

Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 by John Glusman

All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn Monahan

Descent into Darkness Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Edward Raymer

You'll Be Sor-ree!: A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers The Pacific War by Dr. Sid Phillips

Bluejacket Odyssey, 1942-1946: Guadalcanal to Bikini, Naval Armed Guard in the Pacific by William McGee

Paddles!: The Foibles and Finesse of One World War II Landing Signal Officer by Captain John Harper USNR

The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific by Allistar Urqhart

Dragon of the Mangroves by Yasuyuki Kasai

Quartered Safe Out Here

The Brave Japanese
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Ship of Ghosts - James D Hornfischer

Fleet the Gods Forgot: U.S. Asiatic Fleet in World War II - by W.G. Winslow

D-Days in the Pacific by Ken Wiley

Clear the Bridge! The War Patrols of the USS Tang by Richard H. O'Kane

Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II by Richard H. O'Kane

Pigboat 39: An American Submarine Goes to War. by Bobette Gugliola

Descent into Darkness Pearl Harbor 1941 - A Navy Diver's Memoir by Edward C. Raymer

James Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary







Biographies or A snapshot of people's lives:

Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller by Burke Davis
The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance by Captain Thomans Buell USNR

Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway & Guadalcanal by John B. Lundstrom

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964 by William Manchester

MacArthur: America's General (The Generals) by Mitchell Yockleson

Reaper Leader: The Life of Jimmy Flatley by Steve Ewing

The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy by H. Agawa

Bull Halsey by E. B. Potter

Nimitz E.B. Potter

The Magnificent Mitscher by T. Taylor

Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare by Steve Ewing

Fist From the Sky: Japan's Dive-Bomber Ace of World War II by Peter C. Smith

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix

American Guerrilla: The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann-The Man Who Escaped from Bataan, Raised a Filipino Army Against the Japanese, and ... True "Father" of Army Special Forces by Mark Guardia

Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson

Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943 by David J. Ulbrich

Fighting Spirit: The Memoirs of Major Yoshitaka Horie and the Battle of Iwo Jima by Robert Eldridge

General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman by Ed Cray

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor

The Stilwell Papers by General J. Stilwell

General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity by General Wainwright

Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West (American Studies Series) by Mark S. Foster

Henry J. Kaiser: Western Colossus by Albert Heiner

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
Bill Slim: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history by Robert Lyman

Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage by Douglas Waller

The Flying Tiger: The True Story of General Claire Chennault and the U.S. 14th Air Force in China by Jack Sampson







Logistics and Behind the Front Lines


Beans, Bullets and Black Oil[ Rear Adm. Worrall Reed Carter, USN (Retired)/link]

[link=http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Express-Logistics-Amphibious-Operations/dp/0970167881/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432462257&sr=1-3&keywords=by+William+L.+McGee]Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II, Vol. III by William L. McGee






Home Front

Freedom's Forge by Arthur Herman from Pascal and obvert

Double Victory: A Multi-Cultural History of World War II by Ronald Takaki from obvert

The Game Must Go On by John Klima from obvert

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II from obvert

Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II by Emily Yellin from obvert






A few Post-War books


The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal: Exploring the Ghost Fleet of the South Pacific by Robert Ballard

Return to Midway by Robert Ballard
Collision With History: The Search for John F. Kennedy's PT 109 by Robert Ballard

Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory from World War II in the Pacific by Gerald Meehl

25 Best World War II Sites Pacific Theater by Chuck Thompson

Pacific Island Battlegrounds of World War II: Then and Now by Earl Hinz

War of Our Fathers: Relics of the Pacific Battlefields by Richard Marin

China Marine: An Infantryman's Life after World War II by E. B. Sledge

Major Problems in the History of World War II: Documents and Essays by Mark Stoler - this is a text book as part of a series that presents pro/cons about various subjects. I have had to use some of the same series in college classes and some essays are interesting to read. This is presented as a way to generate some deep thoughts or even see the opposing side of a few topics.

Refighting the Pacific War: An Alternate History edited by Jim Bresnahan






Fiction Set in the Pacific in WWII



The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk






In the Era but just for fun


Buz Sawyer: The War in the Pacific (Vol. 1) (Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer) by Roy Crane

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin





Websites with Books

from pascal:

A link to the HyperWar website where many books and documents are available in HTML format. Many of the US official histories are already there, some of the UK. Check the listings there.

www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar

Also, the Australian and New Zealand official histories are available online.

http://www.awm.gov.au/histories/
http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-corpus-WH2.html

(working my way through this to provide links; it'll be a while)

from JeffK

In no order, add if you wish.

Couple of boxes in the Garage I havent seen for years as well.

Fire in the night by John Bierman and Colin Smith                  A biography of Orde Wingate
The Desert and The Jungle by Lt Gen Sir Geoffrey Evans         British Commander
The Green Beret by Hilary St George Saunders                       British Commandos including landings at Arakan/Ramree Is
Behinfd Bamboo by Rohan Rivett                                           POW
The Ridge and the River by T A G Hungerford                          Novel based in Bouganville by an Australian Commando
Australian Commanders in WW2 by Garth Pratten                   What made an Australian Bn commander, wins and losses.
The Only Enemy by Bri Sir John Smyth VC                              Sittang Bridge
Silent Victory by Clay Blair
1931 The Great Pacigfic War by Hector Bywater
Wedemeyer Repoerts by A C Wedemeyer                                Replaced Stillwell in CBI
Nothing over us by David Hay                                                Unit history of 2/6 Aust Inf Bn
Second Eighth by ?                                                               U nit History of 2/8 Aust Inf Bn
Macarthur - Victory in th Pacific by C A Willoughby                   History rewritten/glossed over and prettied up
Why Singapore Fell by H G Bennet                                          See above
Battle of Kohima by Arthur Swinson                                        The end of the March on Delhi
Nemisis by Max Hastings
Dust, Sand and Jungle by Paul Handel                                      Story of Australian armour
Codename Downfall by Allen and Polmer                                 
The Jungle is Neutral by F Spencer Chapman                            Guerillas in Malaya
Tank Tracks to Rangoon by Bryan Perret                                   British/Indian armour in Burma
Australian Army Xmas Books                                                    Stories from the troops, includes a good commentary of the battles
Shattered Storm by Parshall & Tully
The Heroes by Ronald McKie                                                     The Krait story
Defeat into Victory by Fd Marshal W Slim
Spearhead General by Henry Maule                                           The story of Frank Messervy

from bushpu


A few to add:

Biographies

Admiral Arleigh Burke by E.B. Potter

All the Factors of Victory by Widenberg ( a bio on Adm. Mason Reeves and the beginnings of US CV power)


References

Americas 100,000 by Francis Dean (a tech breakdown of US fighter aircraft)


General Histories

Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy

Victory at Sea by Dunnigan and Nofi

Hell to Pay by Giangreco (the planning for the invasion of Japan proper)

Whirlwind by Barrett Tillman (air war against Japan)

Winged Victory by Geoffrey Perret (total US air war story)


General Strategy

Moltke: The Art of War by Daniel Hughes

Strategy by BH Liddell Hart (covers everything up to WWII)

Warfighting by Lt. Col Hayden ( a modern primer on Marine tactics)

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obvert good work. Here are the titles I have plugged over the years. I could not see these in your list (did a word search) but note you still had more to add.

Anyway I hope this helps:

British Destroyers and Frigates – The Second World War and after by Norman Friedman
Guadalcanal by Richard R Frank
The British Pacific Fleet by David Hobbs
The Forgotten Fleet by John Winton
British Battleships 1919-1945 by R A Burt
The Sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse by Middlebrook and Mahoney
Nomonhan, 1939 by Stuart D Goldman
Rising Sun, Falling Skies by Jeffery R Cox
The Imperial Japanese Navy In The Pacific War by Mark E Stille
Singapore The Pregnable Fortress by Peter Elphick
Odd Man Out The Story of the Singapore Traitor by Peter Elphick and Michael Smith
Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1869-1945 by Jentshura Jung and Mickel
The Shame of Savo by Bruce Loxton
The Battle of Leyte Gulf by Thomas Cutler
Various “Campaign” titles by Osprey Publishing includes:
- Hong Kong 1941-45
- The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942
- Santa Cruz 1942
- The Fall of The Philippines 1941-42
- Wake Island 1941
- Kohima 1944
- Midway 1942
- The Coral Sea 1942
- Japan 1945
- Leyte Gulf 944
- The Doolittle Raid 1942
- Saipan & Tinian 1944
- Peleliu 1944
- Iwo Jima 1945
- Tarawa 1943
- Guadalcanal 1942
- Guam 1941-44
- The Marshall Islands 1944
- Okinawa 1945
- Pearl Harbor 1941




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obvert good work. Here are the titles I have plugged over the years. I could not see these in your list (did a word search) but note you still had more to add.

Anyway I hope this helps:

British Destroyers and Frigates – The Second World War and after by Norman Friedman
Guadalcanal by Richard R Frank
The British Pacific Fleet by David Hobbs
The Forgotten Fleet by John Winton
British Battleships 1919-1945 by R A Burt
The Sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse by Middlebrook and Mahoney
Nomonhan, 1939 by Stuart D Goldman
Rising Sun, Falling Skies by Jeffery R Cox
The Imperial Japanese Navy In The Pacific War by Mark E Stille
Singapore The Pregnable Fortress by Peter Elphick
Odd Man Out The Story of the Singapore Traitor by Peter Elphick and Michael Smith
Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1869-1945 by Jentshura Jung and Mickel
The Shame of Savo by Bruce Loxton
The Battle of Leyte Gulf by Thomas Cutler
Various “Campaign” titles by Osprey Publishing includes:
- Hong Kong 1941-45
- The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942
- Santa Cruz 1942
- The Fall of The Philippines 1941-42
- Wake Island 1941
- Kohima 1944
- Midway 1942
- The Coral Sea 1942
- Japan 1945
- Leyte Gulf 944
- The Doolittle Raid 1942
- Saipan & Tinian 1944
- Peleliu 1944
- Iwo Jima 1945
- Tarawa 1943
- Guadalcanal 1942
- Guam 1941-44
- The Marshall Islands 1944
- Okinawa 1945
- Pearl Harbor 1941



Ha!! This is another great list! I'll need a bit of time but I'd like to get these all into the main post list (which I'll repost) with links. I'll try to remember then to just give this a bump a week.

I like archives and information collected in one place. I have a film list about 300 long I give to people who ask for my top list! Can't quite get it shorter than that.

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UPDATE

Added a bunch of stuff from the suggestions. I still have some to go from this thread, listed at the bottom, and then some from the other current book thread. Then I might do some reading.



Pre-War Books or How we set the Stage:


Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navy by Captain J.T. Kuhen USN(Ret)

Yangtze Patrol: The U.S. Navy in China by RADM Kemp Tolley

War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945 by Edward S. Miller

Military Innovation in the Interwar Period by Williamson Murray

Two-Block Fox: The Rise of the Aircraft Carrier, 1911-1929 by Charles Melhorn [Note out of Print since the mid 1980's very hard to find]

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang

Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941 by David C. Evans

Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search for Economic Security, 1919-1941 (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) by Micheal Barnhart

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret McMillian

The Treaty Navy: The Story of the US Naval Service Between the World Wars by James Hammond

Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan Before Pearl Harbor by Edward S. Miller

Sunburst by Mark Peattie from Pascal

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945By John Toland from Apollo11

At Dawn We Slept / Dec. 7th / Pearl Harbor - The Verdict of History from LargeSlowTarget

Origins of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific by Akira Iriye

Cry Havoc: The Arms Race and the Second World War, 1931-41 by Joe Maiolo

Racing the Sunrise: Reinforcing America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-42







General Refernce Books or some information on the platforms:


U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Revised Edition by Norman Friedman

U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Submarines Through 1945 : An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War by Norman Friedman

British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After by Norman Friedman

U.S. Small Combatants, Including Pt-Boats, Subchasers, and the Brown-Water Navy: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman

British Naval Aircraft Since 1912 (Putnam Aviation Series) by Owen Thetford

United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911 (Putnam's US aircraft) by Gordon Swanbourough

Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War by Rene Francillion

Dive Bomber! by Peter C. Smith

The B-24 in China: General Chennault's Secret Weapon in WWII by A. Feuer

The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft, Vol. 1 (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII series) by William McGee

Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II, Vol. III (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII series) by William McGee

The INVENTION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: HOW A SMALL GROUP OF RADAR PIONEERS WON THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND LAUNCHED A TECH by Robert Burdei

SETTING OF THE RISING SUN, THE: Japanese Military Aviation 1877-1945 by Terry Treadwell

The M1 Garand, 1936-1957 by Joe Poyer

Report of Joint Fighter Conference: : NAS Patuxent River, MD - 16-23 October 1944 (Schiffer Military History)

The Army Air Forces in World War II from oldman45

The Deadly Fuze by R B Baldwin: development of the anti-aircraft artillery proximity fuze

A Radar History of World War II by Louis Brown from Pascal

Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix and Linton Wells II





General Overview of the War or The Big Picture:


Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan by Ronald Spector

History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set by RADM S. E. Morison

Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan by Robert Leckie

Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War by RADM S. E. Morison

Empires in the Balance: Japanese and Allied Pacific Strategies to April 1942 by H.P. Willmott

Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February to June 1942 by H.P. Willmott

The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 by Mark Peattie

December 1941 by Evan Mawdsley
Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-two Days That Decided World War II by David Downing

Reporting World War II, Part 1: American Journalism, 1938-1944 by Library of America

Reporting World War II Part Two: American Journalism 1944-46 by Samuel Hynes

The Chancy War: Winning China, Burma, and India in World War II by Edward Fischer

A World at Arms by Gerhard Weinberg from Pascal

Touched With Fire by Eric Bergerud

Fire in the Sky by Eric Bergerud from wpurdom

H.P. Wilmott: Empires in the Balance: Japanese and Allied Pacific Strategies to April 1942 (World War II) from Sardaukar

H.P. Wilmott: Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February to June 1942 from Sardaukar

Oil On The Water: The Naval War In The South Pacific from SuluSea

Eagle Against the Sun by Ronald H. Spector







Battles Histories or the inside view of a battle:


Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway by J. Parshall

Clash of The Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II by Barrett Tillman

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornsfischer

Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornsfischer

Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 (Vintage) by Max Hastings

Disaster in the Pacific: New Light on the Battle of Savo Island by Denis Warner

The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor by W. B. Breuer

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

The Times When Men Must Die: The Story of the Destruction of the Philippine Army During the Early Months of World War II in the Pacific, December 1941-may 1942 by Marconi M. Dosoi

Corregidor: The American Alamo of World War II by Eric Morris

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barabra Tuchman

Corregidor: The Rock Force Assault by E. Flanagan

One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa by John Wukovits

MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines by Richard Connaughton

Bataan: Our Last Ditch : The Bataan Campaign, 1942 by John Whitman

Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa by John H. Alexander

Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island by Bill Sloan

Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island by John Wukovits

JAPAN'S LAST BID FOR VICTORY: The Invasion of India, 1944 by Robert Lyman

"Execute against Japan": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) By Joel Holwitt

Forgotten Armies by Christopher Bayly

JAPAN'S LAST BID FOR VICTORY: The Invasion of India, 1944 by Robert Lyman
Kohima: The Furthest Battle: The Story of the Japanese Invasion of India in 1944 and the Battle of Kohima by Lesile Edwards

Born in the Jungles of Burma: Behind Enemy Lines in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations by Andrew Wax

The Jungle War: Mavericks, Marauders and Madmen in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II by Gerald Astor

The Allied Resupply Effort in the China-Burma-India Theater During World War II by L. Daughtery

Thousand-Mile War - WWII in Alaska

Burma: The Longest War, 1941-19451 Sep 1985 by Louis Allen

Guadalcanal: The Definative Account of the Landmark Battle; Richard B Frank

The campaign for Guadalcanal;: A battle that made history by Jack Coggins

To the Marianas: War in the Central Pacific 1944 by Edwin Palmer Hoyt

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions by Alan Zimm

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 by Ian W. Toll








Unit Histories or a close up view of the units involved:


First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway by John Lundstrom

Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942 by William H. Bartsch

A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight by Robert J. Marzek

First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 by John B. Lundstrom

The Men of the Gambier Bay: The Amazing True Story of the Battle of Leyte Gulf by Edwin P. Hoyt

Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II by Joseph A. Springer

Coast Watching in World War II: Operations against the Japanese on the Solomon Islands, 1941-43 by A. Feuer

Hunting of Force Z by Richard Hough

Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II by Bruce Gamble

Task Force 57: The British Pacific Fleet, 1944-45 by Peter C. Smith

Blossoming Silk Against the Rising Sun: U.s. and Japanese Paratroopers at War in the Pacific in World War II by Gene Salecker

Australian Commandos: Their Secret War against the Japanese in WWII by A.B. Feuer

The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry by Peter F. Stevens

Iron Men and Tin Fish: The Race to Build a Better Torpedo During World War II by Anthony Newpower

American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders and America's First Special Forces Mission by John Wukovits

Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines by John Gordon

Concrete Battleship: Fort Drum, El Fraile Island, Manila Bay by Francis J. Allen

Guests of the Emperor: The Secret History of Japan's Mukden POW Camp by L. G. Holmes

The Elusive Enemy: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Fleet by Douglas Ford

Resurrection: Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor by Daniel Madsen

Pearl Harbor: Why, How, Fleet Salvage and Final Appraisal by Homer Wallin

Battalion of the Damned: The 1st Marine Paratroopers at Gavutu and Bloody Ridge, 1942 by James F. Christ

Building for Victory: World War II in China, Burma, and India and the 1875th Engineer Aviation Battalion by William King

An Airline at War: The Story of China National Aviation Corporation and its Men by Robert Willet

Eagles, Bulldogs & Tigers: History of the 22nd Bomb Squadron in China-Burma-India by David Hayward

US Subs Down Under. Brisbane, 1942 -1945 David Jones and Peter Nunan

The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft, Vol. 1 by William L. McGee

McGee, William L., The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point, Vol. II by William L. McGee

The Elusive Enemy: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Fleet by Douglas Ford

The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph 1942-45 by Frank McLynn

Bloody Ridge: The Battle That Saved Guadalcanal by Michael T. Smith

The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 by John B. Lundstrom

Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific








Some Personal Histories or "There I was..."


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge

Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester

Queen of the Flat-Tops by Stanley Johnson

I Saw Tokyo Burning: An Eyewitness Narrative from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima by Robert Guillian

Baa Baa Black Sheep by LtCol. Gregory Boyington USMC (Ret.)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted Lawson

God Is My Co-Pilot by R. L. Scott

Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway-The Great Naval Battles as Seen Through Japanese Eyes by Captain Tamiachi Hara JMSDF (Ret.)

Take Her Deep!: A Submarine Against Japan in World War II by Adm. I. J. Galantin

Samurai! by Saburo Sakai
Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II by Ann Layson

Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 by John Glusman

All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn Monahan

Descent into Darkness Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Edward Raymer

You'll Be Sor-ree!: A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers The Pacific War by Dr. Sid Phillips

Bluejacket Odyssey, 1942-1946: Guadalcanal to Bikini, Naval Armed Guard in the Pacific by William McGee

Paddles!: The Foibles and Finesse of One World War II Landing Signal Officer by Captain John Harper USNR

The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific by Allistar Urqhart

Dragon of the Mangroves by Yasuyuki Kasai

Quartered Safe Out Here

The Brave Japanese
from Dixie

Ship of Ghosts - James D Hornfischer

Fleet the Gods Forgot: U.S. Asiatic Fleet in World War II - by W.G. Winslow

D-Days in the Pacific by Ken Wiley

Clear the Bridge! The War Patrols of the USS Tang by Richard H. O'Kane

Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II by Richard H. O'Kane

Pigboat 39: An American Submarine Goes to War. by Bobette Gugliola

Descent into Darkness Pearl Harbor 1941 - A Navy Diver's Memoir by Edward C. Raymer

James Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary







Biographies or A snapshot of people's lives:

Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller by Burke Davis
The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance by Captain Thomans Buell USNR

Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway & Guadalcanal by John B. Lundstrom

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964 by William Manchester

MacArthur: America's General (The Generals) by Mitchell Yockleson

Reaper Leader: The Life of Jimmy Flatley by Steve Ewing

The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy by H. Agawa

Bull Halsey by E. B. Potter

Nimitz E.B. Potter

The Magnificent Mitscher by T. Taylor

Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare by Steve Ewing

Fist From the Sky: Japan's Dive-Bomber Ace of World War II by Peter C. Smith

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix

American Guerrilla: The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann-The Man Who Escaped from Bataan, Raised a Filipino Army Against the Japanese, and ... True "Father" of Army Special Forces by Mark Guardia

Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson

Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943 by David J. Ulbrich

Fighting Spirit: The Memoirs of Major Yoshitaka Horie and the Battle of Iwo Jima by Robert Eldridge

General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman by Ed Cray

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor

The Stilwell Papers by General J. Stilwell

General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity by General Wainwright

Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West (American Studies Series) by Mark S. Foster

Henry J. Kaiser: Western Colossus by Albert Heiner

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
Bill Slim: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history by Robert Lyman

Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage by Douglas Waller

The Flying Tiger: The True Story of General Claire Chennault and the U.S. 14th Air Force in China by Jack Sampson







Logistics and Behind the Front Lines


Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II, Vol. III by William L. McGee

Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil by Rear Adm. Worrall Reed Carter USN (Retired)





Home Front

Freedom's Forge by Arthur Herman from Pascal and obvert

Double Victory: A Multi-Cultural History of World War II by Ronald Takaki from obvert

The Game Must Go On by John Klima from obvert

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II from obvert

Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II by Emily Yellin from obvert






A few Post-War books


The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal: Exploring the Ghost Fleet of the South Pacific by Robert Ballard

Return to Midway by Robert Ballard
Collision With History: The Search for John F. Kennedy's PT 109 by Robert Ballard

Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory from World War II in the Pacific by Gerald Meehl

25 Best World War II Sites Pacific Theater by Chuck Thompson

Pacific Island Battlegrounds of World War II: Then and Now by Earl Hinz

War of Our Fathers: Relics of the Pacific Battlefields by Richard Marin

China Marine: An Infantryman's Life after World War II by E. B. Sledge

Major Problems in the History of World War II: Documents and Essays by Mark Stoler - this is a text book as part of a series that presents pro/cons about various subjects. I have had to use some of the same series in college classes and some essays are interesting to read. This is presented as a way to generate some deep thoughts or even see the opposing side of a few topics.

Refighting the Pacific War: An Alternate History edited by Jim Bresnahan






Fiction Set in the Pacific in WWII



The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

Tales from the South Pacific by James A Michener




In the Era but just for fun


Buz Sawyer: The War in the Pacific (Vol. 1) (Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer) by Roy Crane

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin





Websites with Books

from pascal:

A link to the HyperWar website where many books and documents are available in HTML format. Many of the US official histories are already there, some of the UK. Check the listings there.

www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar

Also, the Australian and New Zealand official histories are available online.

http://www.awm.gov.au/histories/
http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-corpus-WH2.html





(To be added soon!

Working my way through this to provide links; it'll be a while)


from JeffK


Couple of boxes in the Garage I havent seen for years as well.

Fire in the night by John Bierman and Colin Smith                  A biography of Orde Wingate
The Desert and The Jungle by Lt Gen Sir Geoffrey Evans         British Commander
The Green Beret by Hilary St George Saunders                       British Commandos including landings at Arakan/Ramree Is
Behinfd Bamboo by Rohan Rivett                                           POW
The Ridge and the River by T A G Hungerford                          Novel based in Bouganville by an Australian Commando
Australian Commanders in WW2 by Garth Pratten                   What made an Australian Bn commander, wins and losses.
The Only Enemy by Bri Sir John Smyth VC                              Sittang Bridge
Silent Victory by Clay Blair
1931 The Great Pacigfic War by Hector Bywater
Wedemeyer Repoerts by A C Wedemeyer                                Replaced Stillwell in CBI
Nothing over us by David Hay                                                Unit history of 2/6 Aust Inf Bn
Second Eighth by ?                                                               U nit History of 2/8 Aust Inf Bn
Macarthur - Victory in th Pacific by C A Willoughby                   History rewritten/glossed over and prettied up
Why Singapore Fell by H G Bennet                                          See above
Battle of Kohima by Arthur Swinson                                        The end of the March on Delhi
Nemisis by Max Hastings
Dust, Sand and Jungle by Paul Handel                                      Story of Australian armour
Codename Downfall by Allen and Polmer                                 
The Jungle is Neutral by F Spencer Chapman                            Guerillas in Malaya
Tank Tracks to Rangoon by Bryan Perret                                   British/Indian armour in Burma
Australian Army Xmas Books                                                    Stories from the troops, includes a good commentary of the battles
Shattered Storm by Parshall & Tully
The Heroes by Ronald McKie                                                     The Krait story
Defeat into Victory by Fd Marshal W Slim
Spearhead General by Henry Maule                                           The story of Frank Messervy

from bushpu


A few to add:

Biographies

Admiral Arleigh Burke by E.B. Potter

All the Factors of Victory by Widenberg ( a bio on Adm. Mason Reeves and the beginnings of US CV power)


References

Americas 100,000 by Francis Dean (a tech breakdown of US fighter aircraft)


General Histories

Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy

Victory at Sea by Dunnigan and Nofi

Hell to Pay by Giangreco (the planning for the invasion of Japan proper)

Whirlwind by Barrett Tillman (air war against Japan)

Winged Victory by Geoffrey Perret (total US air war story)


General Strategy

Moltke: The Art of War by Daniel Hughes

Strategy by BH Liddell Hart (covers everything up to WWII)

Warfighting by Lt. Col Hayden ( a modern primer on Marine tactics)
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from warspite1


British Destroyers and Frigates – The Second World War and after by Norman Friedman
Guadalcanal by Richard R Frank
The British Pacific Fleet by David Hobbs
The Forgotten Fleet by John Winton
British Battleships 1919-1945 by R A Burt
The Sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse by Middlebrook and Mahoney
Nomonhan, 1939 by Stuart D Goldman
Rising Sun, Falling Skies by Jeffery R Cox
The Imperial Japanese Navy In The Pacific War by Mark E Stille
Singapore The Pregnable Fortress by Peter Elphick
Odd Man Out The Story of the Singapore Traitor by Peter Elphick and Michael Smith
Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1869-1945 by Jentshura Jung and Mickel
The Shame of Savo by Bruce Loxton
The Battle of Leyte Gulf by Thomas Cutler
Various “Campaign” titles by Osprey Publishing includes:
- Hong Kong 1941-45
- The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942
- Santa Cruz 1942
- The Fall of The Philippines 1941-42
- Wake Island 1941
- Kohima 1944
- Midway 1942
- The Coral Sea 1942
- Japan 1945
- Leyte Gulf 944
- The Doolittle Raid 1942
- Saipan & Tinian 1944
- Peleliu 1944
- Iwo Jima 1945
- Tarawa 1943
- Guadalcanal 1942
- Guam 1941-44
- The Marshall Islands 1944
- Okinawa 1945
- Pearl Harbor 1941

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