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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange's bestselling Miracle at Midway, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement.

Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida's Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy's doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading WWII naval historian John Lundstrom, Shattered Sword will become an indispensable part of any military buff's library. Winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the"Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and cited by Proceedings as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.

-At last, the Japanese side of the Battle of Midway has been limned in English with accuracy, lucidity, authority, and objectivity. The authors' specialized knowledge of the tactics and technologies of Japanese naval air power, their careful reading of surviving Japanese air unit records, and their appreciation of the larger meaning of the battle combine to give us a combat narrative and analysis that superbly balance expert detail and grand historical import. I suspect it of being a classic.---Mark R. Peattie, author of Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941 and Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941 --Mark R. Peattie-A lot has been written about Midway since 1945. Yet everyone who thinks that they know the last word about this momentous event must examine Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully's book on the subject. Shattered Sword, packed with new information, will certainly become the definitive volume on the most important naval battle of World War II.---Eric Bergerud, professor of military and American history at Lincoln University and author of Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific --Eric Bergerud

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  • PDF | 640 pages
  • Jonathan Parshall(Author)
  • Potomac Books, Inc.; Reprint edition (30 Nov. 2007)
  • English
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  • By Tom_ on 1 February 2017

    Excellent book. Very well written and captivating.

  • By Mark Time on 4 February 2010

    I have read most of the books dealing with the Battle of Midway, the majority of which portray the American view of the battle. This book tells the story from the Japanese side and reads, in parts, almost like a thriller.The authors give a minute by minute, hour by hour account of the action that really draws the reader in.The authors have done their research well and there is a mass of detail to absorb; I was particularly impressed with details of how the Japanese conducted their carrier operations and how they differed from the USN. The book puts many of the myths surrounding the battle into true perspective. It details how chances taken and chances missed, by both sides, finally decided the issue. A refreshing look at this most famous of sea battles and it should appeal to any student of the Pacific war.Highly recommended.

  • By DWM on 26 April 2006

    I looked forward to this book the minute I knew it was being written, being a big fan of the "Combined Fleet" website. Some reviewers have observed it is too centred on the Japanese side and a mite too colloquial for we Brits, and in truth it is perhaps a little Americanised and some of the editing could be improved, but nothing to detract from the quality of the "read" and a little humour does not come amiss. Frankly, when one realises that Jon Parshall edited the whole bit himself and compiled the index to keep costs down, it puts this massive undertaking into some sort of perspective. It is a fascinating and informative read, very technical but for the committed navy and aviation buff, pretty much "unputdownable" and a hugely valuable addition to the genre. I am lost in admiration for this magnum opus from Messrs Tully and Parshall. If you're really interested in the subject and only read one book on the Pacific war, make it this one.

  • By D. J. Carter on 20 December 2009

    To be honest I wasn't sure there was much new on the battle of Midway, but I was very wrong.This book is not only a superb re-assessment of the Japanese efforts to invade Midway and draw American carriers into a battle but is written mainly from the IJN view point. It debunks a number of common myths and is a great read. Tells much of IJN doctrine and carrier methods,If you own any number of books on Midway and Japanese carrier tactics you'll still need to add this to your library.Highly recommended.David Carter

  • By Lynn Sansom on 25 March 2006

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly with its unusual approach of viewing the battle from the side of the Japanese. I was less enamoured by the authors' attempt to fix the book's viewpoint to the carriers themselves (thus, when the Japanese aircraft leave on a raid, we hear nothing further, apart from a few radio messages, until they return and can be debriefed). While clearly designed to emphasise the lack of information available to the Japanese commanders, I felt that this writing device unnecessarily impeded the reader's understanding of the battle.I was also distracted by an occasionally lax writing style. As an example, at one point it is claimed that the commander had little time to "internalise" the problem.Nevertheless, the above issues are minor. What comes shining through is the breadth and depth of the authors' research and their clear determination to produce an account that is factual and unbiased. By clearly explaining the mechanics of Japanese carrier operations of the time (without boring the reader), the authors are able to convincingly dispell many of the misconceptions and fallacies regarding this great battle.This is an excellent account of the Battle of Midway, presented in an unbiased and logical fashion and which uncovers many previously disregarded aspects of the battle - thoroughly reccommended


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