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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:24 pm 
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I love history and really enjoy reading about the battles in the Pacific Theater in WWII. I have read quite a few and am always on the lookout for others that are good. I couldn't find a thread just for this topic so I thought I would start one. I will post the ones that I have read and what I thought of them. Please feel free to post books that you have enjoyed as well. I will start off with probably the first book on WWII that I read many years ago in school.
"Day of Infamy" by Walter Lord.

I am currently reading "A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato" by Russell Spurr. I have read this one before and it is a very good read covering a lot of good information on Operation Ten-ichi.

I will post more as I have some time. Please post your favorites or ones that you feel are good reads. Looking forward to hearing your recommendations. Mike.

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"The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" by James Hornfischer. Excellent book on the battle of Samar between US destroyers and the battleships of the Japanese Navy. Bought my copy used and it fell apart, so I sort had a series of mini-books

"The Heart of Hell" by Mitch Weiss. The story of my current project LCI(G)-449 and her sister ships. These were landing craft infantry that were converted to gunboats to support the other landing craft as they hit the beach as well as to provide cover for the UDT teams in advance of the invasions.


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I actually just finished " The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" about a week ago. I agree that it was a very good book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will have to look for "The Heart of Hell" when I have a chance.

A couple other books I have read over the years that were good:
"Savo" by Richard Newcomb. A good read about the battle of the 5 sitting ducks at the beginning of the Guadalcanal Campaign.
"Trapped at Pearl Harbor: Escape from the Battleship Oklahoma" by Stephen Bower Young. A very interesting book from a sailor who was trapped inside the Oklahoma when she capsized.
"Take Her Deep: A Submarine Against Japan in World War II" by Admiral I.J. Galantin. Interesting book from a former submarine officer.
"The Battle Off Midway Island" by Theodore Taylor. A very brief overview of the Battle of Midway.

All were good books to read. I read both "Savo" and "The Battle Off Midway Island" the first time many years ago in school.
These along with "Day of Infamy" are the books that got me hooked on WWII in the Pacific.

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If you like American destroyers, I recommend this book:
Blood On The Sea: American Destroyers Lost In World War II by Robert Sinclair Parkin.
This book details the loss of each US destroyer during WWII. There are good pictures of many of the ships and some good looks at different versions of some of the camo patterns used. There is also a class listing with a lot of detail in the back of the book. I have read it several times and always enjoyed it.

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I just started reading "American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II: A History of LCI and LCS(L) Ships in the Pacific" by Robin L Reilly. I stumbled across the title while looking for a book on gunboats and ordered it thru intra-library loan. It looks to be a comprehensive look at these ships in the Pacific and the first two chapters have been interesting


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Another interesting read is "The Lonely Ships: The life and death of the US Asiatic fleet" by Edwin P. Hoyt. Good book about some of the early battles in WWII that you don't hear about as often as some of the larger battles later in the way.

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Here are some that I've read, and enjoyed:

Miracle at Midway - Gordon Prange
At Dawn We Slept - Gordon Prange
Shattered Sword - Parshall and Tully
Battleship Musashi - Akira Yoshimura
Clash of the Carriers - Barrett Tillman
Tin Can Sailor - Raymond Calhoun
South Pacific Destroyer - Russell Crenshaw
Undefeated - Bill Sloan
The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry - Peter Stevens
Helmet for my Pillow - Robert Leckie
Neptune's Inferno - Hornfischer
Ship of Ghosts - Hornfischer
The Battle of Cape Esperance - Charles Cook
Black Shoe Carrier Admiral - John Lundstrom
Doomed From the Start - William Bartsch
Singapore, The Battle Which Changed the World - James Leasor
Intrepid Aviators - Gregory Fletcher

A couple others that I read and which fall into the "Good, not great" category are:
Pacific Crucible and The Conquering Tide by Ian Toll
Rising Sun, Falling Skies by Jeff Cox
The First South Pacific Campaign - John Lundstrom
Carrier Strike (Battle of Santa Cruz) - Eric Hammel
Carrier Clash (Eastern Solomons) - Eric Hammel

Hammel has written numerous other books. I liked his book on the naval battles: Guadalcanal, Decision at Sea. I see he also has a book on Savo Island and Kula Gulf.

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Shattered Sword, which is on Martin's list, is fascinating. It is an account of the battle of Midway looking mostly at the Japanese planning and why they were defeated. The description of the battle and the state of the carriers after they were hit is excellent.

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I meant to mention, but neglected to, that of the books mentioned above, these three, about the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign, really fascinated me:

Undefeated - Bill Sloan
The Twilight Riders: The Last Charge of the 26th Cavalry - Peter Stevens
Doomed From the Start - William Bartsch

Reading "Undefeated" led me to "Twilight Riders". After reading "Twilight Riders", I then read "Lt Ramsey's War", about the guerilla campaign in Luzon between 1942 and 1945 (Ramsey was an officer in the 26th, and led the last cavalry charge in US Army history before joining the resistance). Some of Ramsey's story as a guerilla is questioned for it's veracity, but the Filipinos hold him in very high regard.

"Doomed from the Start" is about the Pursuit Groups and pilots in '41 and '42, something I knew very little about. A courageous story and an excellent read.

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I just finished up "PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy"
A very interesting read. You don't realize how much these guys actually went through until you read the details from the survivors. A good book that has a lot of detail about the loss, survival, and rescue of the PT 109 crew and quite a bit of interesting information about JFK as well.

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Neptune's Inferno, on Martin's list, is incredible. The amount of damage those cruisers and destroyers absorbed is unbelievable and should serve as a lesson to us, today, about warship design.

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"Japanese Destroyer Captain" by Tamechi Hara. Required reading. The best account from the Japanese on surface warfare in the Pacific. Unknowingly fought against Russell Crenshaw on several occasions in the Solomons.


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I ordered a copy of Neptune's Inferno and it arrived today. Very eager to dig into this one!

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I just finished Neptune's Inferno and have to agree with you all that it was an absolutely outstanding book. A must read!

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Just finished Loxton's "The Shame of Savo". It dates from around 1994. Overall, I liked it. Didn't like how he excoriated Admiral Fletcher, especially since, if I recall correctly, much of what he said Lundstrom debunked in "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral". Still, an interesting read, and recommended.

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If you like submarines, here is a good one I just finished.
"Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine" by retired VADM James F. Calvert. An interesting read covering his patrols during the war.

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