From: Olympia, WA
I have read and/or own most of the books in Warspite's list, and agree with his recommendations. Toland's Rising Sun is a great overall view of the entire war, as is John Costello's Pacific War, which I would heartily recommend. I did read Cox's book but honestly, I had some issues with it. I thought he did a great job of covering a topic that is largely passed over in the history books, and he does so in great detail, but I thought his constant berating of the Allied commanders and their decision-making, while somewhat justified, overlooked the fact they were operating with very limited resources and in a very constrained political environment. He made his point and that's fine, but he hammered it in over and over again to the point I decided to forego purchasing his Guadalcanal book, even though that's my favorite campaign. H.P. Wilmott's first two books cover the first months of the war very well, from both sides, and Lundstrom's First South Pacific Campaign is great as well.
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