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Table of Contents. Cover Download Save. List of Maps p. Initial Japanese Strategic Choices pp. Pearl Harbor pp. Yamamoto Defies Mahan pp. Guadalcanal pp.
If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War: An Analysis of World War II Naval Strategy Book Reviews
Central Versus South Pacific pp. Two Prongs Divide the Fleet pp. Decisive Combat in the Marianas pp. The Naval Campaign for the Philippines pp. Mahan and the Submariners pp. Just sinking 10 ships can win the war--the enemy's carriers.
The same rule applied to Japan. That ruthless reduction to that essence becomes a clear prism through which the Pacific War gets refracted, and the resulting spectrum of options and operations then colors the book's narrative. Why should Japan waste assets seizing southeast Asia when it could gain all be default by using the same land forces to isolate Oahu by landing on Kaui and Hawaii?
Why should Japan even bother raiding Ceylon?
Adams rates the commanders by applying that simple measure of strategic vision. King had it, Nimitz less so, Spruance not really, Mitscher hell yes. Yamamoto comes in second to Ozawa.
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MacArthur proves a sump on limited means, sucking effort away from the direct approach towards Japan, even if MacArthur's leapfrogging in New Guinea was brilliant. Taking the Marshalls gains the intermediate base needed to pluck the Marianas from Japan and force the fleet battle--a move in the right direction.
US should have gone for Formosa, then Luzon. Adams is cognizant of changes in technology and resources, all the time reminding the reader that no matter how much technology changes, strategy remains constant while tactics always change.
If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War : An Analysis of World War II Naval Strategy
Bundling Essex-class carriers into a strike force negates the supposed advantages of land-based air, a reality US commanders were slow to realize. That would give greater scope to US fleet movement, but the goal remained the same--destruction of the Japanese fleet. Mahan is one of the few authors who deserves the five-star rating. Adams obviously could not top the captain, but he has earned his four stars. Broader histories will lay out the who, what, when, where.
Adams will go into why and how, and Mahan is the razor he uses to shave the problem down to its barest truth. Dec 16, Andrew Daniels rated it really liked it. The Mahanian part is fantastic but the stuff about the Japanese character is racist nonsense - a grotesque caricature, but actually this is only a small part of the book. Ultimately, much of the work is extremely well done, well explained and insightful. He uses some expressions that perplexed me and probably some readers i. Also, someone told him maru in Japanese means cows, I don't think it does, it just means round, circle, or boat.
Any one who is a casual reader in World War would thoroughly enjoy it, this is highly readable, exciting, informative, illuminating. I think many people would enjoy it. Apr 12, Seth rated it really liked it.
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