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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/24/2015 1:54:39 PM   
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Nice.

If you're gonna include fiction, don't forget James Michener's Tales from the South Pacific!

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/25/2015 10:21:22 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Lokasenna

Nice.

If you're gonna include fiction, don't forget James Michener's Tales from the South Pacific!


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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/25/2015 10:27:08 AM   
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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
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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


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 from Lokasenna




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

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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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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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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/25/2015 5:19:12 PM   
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Yo, Obvert. Your list is great. But I note a serious omission. Books by Alvin Coox. He was/is a fundamental source/author for any serious student of the Asian conflict. Lots of your titles cite him as a primary reference. He is a serious historian of the old school. He is dense and informative, and perfect, but his style and focus doesn't comport with contemporary wanna-be imperitives because they ain't bright enough to figure out what he's saying. He's another one that is on the reading list for AIS, NIS, ISA.

Tons of his books. Just a simple sample. Start here. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/23/world/alvin-coox-75-historian-of-russia-japan-fight-dies.html
and dig deep, and learn.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 5/26/2015 12:43:35 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Symon

Yo, Obvert. Your list is great. But I note a serious omission. Books by Alvin Coox. He was/is a fundamental source/author for any serious student of the Asian conflict. Lots of your titles cite him as a primary reference. He is a serious historian of the old school. He is dense and informative, and perfect, but his style and focus doesn't comport with contemporary wanna-be imperitives because they ain't bright enough to figure out what he's saying. He's another one that is on the reading list for AIS, NIS, ISA.

Tons of his books. Just a simple sample. Start here. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/23/world/alvin-coox-75-historian-of-russia-japan-fight-dies.html
and dig deep, and learn.

Ciao. JWE


I'll add them to the add list! Thanks!

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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 5/27/2015 3:06:10 AM   
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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 5/27/2015 4:03:10 AM   
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wonderful list!! Is John Toland's Infamy on the list?....I may have missed it.

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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 5/27/2015 6:13:33 AM   
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wonderful list!! Is John Toland's Infamy on the list?....I may have missed it.


To be honest when I do something here I haven't even checked to see if the books I've read and over are on it, yet!

Just trying to add what others have suggested over the years. nearly finished adding now and then I can have a look through and do some Amazon buying.

I'll add this if it's not there for sure.

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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 5/27/2015 9:32:53 PM   
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thanks for excellent list, Obvert!

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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 4/7/2016 7:45:54 PM   
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RE: The Book Thread. **Updated*** - 4/7/2016 9:29:06 PM   
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Thank you Obvert.

Now I have studied and read and shadowed these forums since just before Christmas of 2015 and this is one thread I failed to come upon.

This is incredibly valuable in the "hobby sense".

I suspect many of the players also "hobby read" about the War (or Wars or History).

If the moderators dont deem it sticky material - perhaps it could be linked in the FAQ for Newbies in the War Strategies Forum????

... again I didn't see it there either and I was obviously not smart enough to simply search "book thread" which brings it up.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 4/21/2016 9:47:03 AM   
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UPDATE: April 21,2016

Added some more from lists that were not linked below the main sections.


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

Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-33

All the Factors of Victory: Adm. Joseph Mason Reeves and the Origins of Carrier Air Power by Thomas Wildenberg








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

America's Hundred Thousand: U.S. Production Fighters of World War II by Francis H. Dean








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

Silent Victory by Clay Blair from Jeffk

Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy from bushpu

Victory at Sea by Dunnigan and Nofi from bushpu

Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945 by Barrett Tillman from bushpu







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

Battle of Kohima by Arthur Swinson from Jeffk

Nemesis by Max Hastings from Jeffk

Codename Downfall by Allen and Polmer from Jeffk

The Jungle is Neutral by F Spencer Chapman from Jeffk

Tank Tracks to Rangoon by Bryan Perret from Jeffk

The Heroes by Ronald McKie from Jeffk

Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 by Giangreco from bushpu







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

Australian Commanders in WW2 by Garth Pratten from Jeffk








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

The Desert and The Jungle by Lt Gen Sir Geoffrey Evans from Jeffk

The Green Beret by Hilary St George Saunders from Jeffk

Behind Bamboo: Hell on the Burma Railway by Rohan Rivett from Jeffk

Defeat into Victory by Fd Marshal W Slim from Jeffk









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

Fire in the Night: A Biography of Orde Wingate by John Bierman and Colin Smith from Jeffk

The Only Enemy by Bri Sir John Smyth VC from Jeffk

Wedemayer Reports by Gen Albert C. Wedemeyer from Jeffk

Spearhead General by Henry Maule from Jeffk

Admiral Arleigh Burke by E.B. Potter from Jeffk






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 from Lokasenna

Ridge And The River: A Taut Account Of Jungle Warfare by T. A. Hungerford from Jeffk






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 bushpu


A few to add:

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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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 4/21/2016 6:31:21 PM   
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A couple of suggestions:

War Fish by Grider and Sims. http://www.amazon.com/War-fish-A-Pyramid-book/dp/B0007HJLHO

A very readable account of the exploits of the most famous US subs, using personal anecdotes from the crews to recreate dialogue and tactics used during the battles. Example: USS Wahoo reconning Wewak harbour by periscope:
Mush Morton at periscope: "We better turn around now, I can see the palm trees at high power."
Crew member:" Um, sir, you are at low power setting."
Mush Morton (switching to high power): Jesus Christ! I can see the coconuts! ALL ASTERN - back us out of here!

Away All Boats by Kenneth Dodson

fictional story of a transport in the pacific in WWII.

https://www.amazon.ca/Away-All-Boats-Kenneth-Dodson/dp/1557501734

I noticed in the books on your "to-do" list you have Guadalcanal by Richard Franks. This book is already on your list.

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Right now I'm reading Barbara Tuchman's book on Stilwell. Really liking it.

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I hate you guys.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/15/2016 1:50:13 PM   
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Christmas ain't far away fellas. Time to start looking for stocking stuffers...

I don't know if it has been listed but I am reading Storm Over Leyte right now and it is excellent. Am roughly halfway thru and the telling of the Japanese planning for the Sho Operation, their changes to tactics, strategy, and hopes for the battle is very enlightening. After my terrible experience with The Most Dangerous Moment of the War, this has been quite refreshing. John Prados has usually been a pretty good author but this time he has outdone himself.


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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/15/2016 3:24:22 PM   
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Good point - Christmas is coming and what better way to celebrate than with one or more of these excellent books?

Pacific
The Fast Carriers (Reynolds)
The British Pacific Fleet (Hobbs)

Europe
Invasion of England 1940 (Schenk)

All three are 5-star reads in my book

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/15/2016 4:40:44 PM   
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For interested parties : Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy has become available in Kindle format.

For people like me who can not keep a personal room ( I lost mine to my daughter ) this is a good way to get books u like.

Now I'm waiting for Rikugun by Ness to become available on kindle.



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I like those books with many photos and short write-ups. Eg :

World War II The Definitive Visual Guide by DK, etc. A photo paints a thousand words.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/17/2016 12:42:45 AM   
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Islands of Destiny, by the same author as Leyte is the precursor and is an excellent read. I glanced and didn't see either on the master list

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Some of this is available free - vol I and II of the Amphibians Came to Conquer from the Marines. Much more WWII stuff is out there. For example the entire US Army Green Book series seems to be on the Army site.

http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Publications/FMFRP%2012-109-I%20%20The%20Amphibians%20Came%20to%20Conquer%20-%20Vol%20I.pdf?ver=2012-10-11-164058-683

http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Publications/FMFRP%2012-109-II%20%20The%20Amphibians%20Came%20to%20Conquer%20-%20Vol%20II.pdf

Also things like the Artillery Mag - lots of WWII Pacific stuff - yea it's ground combat, but quite interesting.
http://sill-www.army.mil/firesbulletin/archives/#1940

Then there's Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery - Norman Friedman that I posted about a few days ago (I couldn't find this link)


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I haven't seen these listed yet:

Road of Bones https://www.amazon.co.uk/Road-Bones-Epic-Siege-Kohima/dp/0007132417/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476698892&sr=8-1&keywords=road+of+bones

One of Our Submarines https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Submarines-Sword-Military-Classics-ebook/dp/1844151069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476698936&sr=8-1&keywords=one+of+our+submarines

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With a fat bonus, I recently acquired the complete "History of the Second World War" in almost pristine condition with their binders. Hog Heaven!!!!!!

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/17/2016 3:11:48 PM   
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History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set by RADM S. E. Morison

Some of these volumes were excellent. Others plodded a bit. Be honest-did you get much out of volumes 14 or 15?

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/17/2016 4:45:21 PM   
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History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set by RADM S. E. Morison

Some of these volumes were excellent. Others plodded a bit. Be honest-did you get much out of volumes 14 or 15?

By then you guessed the ending...

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/17/2016 5:38:18 PM   
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Warspite - I agree with you on The Fast Carriers. Even though it is kinda old, it is a really great read.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/17/2016 11:06:52 PM   
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Warspite - I agree with you on The Fast Carriers. Even though it is kinda old, it is a really great read.


Just ordered this.


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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/20/2016 3:32:10 AM   
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I have recently finished a book that I think deserves mention in the Setting the Stage category:
Warships After Washingtonby John Jordan, from the Naval Institute Press is a look at how the signatories of the Washington naval treaty attempted to meet the limits of the treaty while still producing viable warships. The main focus is on design, with doctrine only mentioned in so far as it influenced design. As a fascinating bonus, there are 2 appendices with the full texts of the Washington and London naval treaties.
This is actually the first book I have read that explains the odd-sounding decision of the French to have all the main batteries on some of their capital ships in the front. It was adopted from a British design intended to reduce the size of the "citadel" and thus weight of armor.
I recommend it.

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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/20/2016 3:58:54 AM   
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I have recently finished a book that I think deserves mention in the Setting the Stage category:
Warships After Washingtonby John Jordan, from the Naval Institute Press is a look at how the signatories of the Washington naval treaty attempted to meet the limits of the treaty while still producing viable warships. The main focus is on design, with doctrine only mentioned in so far as it influenced design. As a fascinating bonus, there are 2 appendices with the full texts of the Washington and London naval treaties.
This is actually the first book I have read that explains the odd-sounding decision of the French to have all the main batteries on some of their capital ships in the front. It was adopted from a British design intended to reduce the size of the "citadel" and thus weight of armor.
I recommend it.


Heartily concur. EXCELLENT book. The section describing the Hybrid Cruiser--Carriers spun my Mods in a whole new direction. Very informative book.


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RE: Potentially the Book Thread. - 10/21/2016 3:10:59 AM   
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John 3rd - You will really enjoy Fast Carriers.

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