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Jonathan Parshall, Anthony Tully. Shattered Sword: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway.

Excellent book about Midway and some new perspectives on that battle.


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^^^^This one, along with the Definitive Guadalcanal book reference earlier, the Trilogy of the european war written by Rick Atkinson and the Ian Toll books, Pacific Crucible and Fleet at Flood Tide.

All are modern scholarship, and draw much more heavily on Japanese sources than earlier works were able to do. In addition, these books eschew much of the triumphalism of earlier books, and are less likely to take the word of some of the participants at face value. These books benefit from the time that has elapsed between the events that they record, and today. Good reads all.

This is not to say that earlier books such as The Rising Sun, and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich aren't good. They are. But they tend to be kind of one sided, and don't highlight the mistakes that the US and Allies made, and the challenges they faced, and still overcame, to be victorious.



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