Morning Star, Midnight Sun

Morning Star, Midnight Sun
Author: Jeffrey Cox
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2018-02-22
ISBN 10: 1472826396
ISBN 13: 9781472826398
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Morning Star, Midnight Sun Book Review:

Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory. Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regaining dominance in the Pacific.

Blazing Star, Setting Sun

Blazing Star, Setting Sun
Author: Jeffrey Cox
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2020-06-25
ISBN 10: 1472840445
ISBN 13: 9781472840448
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Blazing Star, Setting Sun Book Review:

From popular Pacific Theatre expert Jeffrey R. Cox comes this insightful new history of the critical Guadalcanal and Solomons campaign at the height of World War II. His previous book, Morning Star, Rising Sun, had found the US Navy at its absolute nadir and the fate of the Enterprise, the last operational US aircraft carrier at this point in the war, unknown. This new volume completes the history of this crucial campaign, combining detailed research with a novelist's flair for the dramatic to reveal exactly how, despite missteps and misfortunes, the tide of war finally turned. By the end of February 1944, thanks to hard-fought and costly American victories in the first and second naval battles of Guadalcanal, the battle of Empress Augusta Bay, and the battle of Cape St George, the Japanese would no longer hold the materiel or skilled manpower advantage. From this point on, although the war was still a long way from being won, the American star was unquestionably on the ascendant, slowly, but surely, edging Japanese imperialism towards its sunset. Jeffrey Cox's analysis and attention to detail of even the smallest events are second to none. But what truly sets this book apart is how he combines this microscopic attention to detail, often unearthing new facts along the way, with an engaging style that transports the reader to the heart of the story, bringing the events on the deep blue of the Pacific vividly to life.

Rising Sun, Falling Skies

Rising Sun, Falling Skies
Author: Jeffrey Cox
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 504
Release: 2014-03-20
ISBN 10: 1472808347
ISBN 13: 9781472808349
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Rising Sun, Falling Skies Book Review:

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offensive in the Far East seemed unstoppable. Allied forces engaged in a futile attempt to halt their rapid advance, culminating in the massed fleet of American, British, Dutch, and Australian forces (ABDA) clashing with the Japanese at the battle of the Java Sea – the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. But, in a campaign crippled by poor leadership and disastrous decisions, the Allied response was catastrophic, losing their largest warships and their tenuous toe-hold in the south Pacific within the first 72 hours of the battle. This defeat left ground troops cut off from reinforcement and supply, with obsolete equipment, no defense against endless Japanese air attacks, and with no chance of retreat. However, although command decisions were to condemn the Allies to defeat, the Allied goal was never an outright victory, simply a delaying action. Facing a relentless and thoroughly vicious enemy, the combined forces responded not by running or surrendering, but by defiantly holding on in a struggle that was as much a test of character, bravery, and determination as it was a test of arms, ultimately costing the Allies ten vessels and the lives of 2,100 brave sailors. In Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey Cox examines the events and evidence surrounding the Java Sea Campaign, reconstructing battles that in hindsight were all but hopeless and revealing where fatal mistakes and missed opportunities condemned the Allied forces in an insightful and compelling study of the largely overlooked clash in the Java Sea.

Islands of Destiny

Islands of Destiny
Author: John Prados
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-10-02
ISBN 10: 1101601957
ISBN 13: 9781101601952
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Islands of Destiny Book Review:

The Battle of Midway is traditionally held as the point when Allied forces gained advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, acclaimed historian and military intelligence expert John Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted. Taking this surprising fact as the start of his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific tide turned in the Allies’ favor. Using archives of WWII intelligence reports from both sides, Prados offers up a compelling reassessment of the true turning in the Pacific: not Midway, but the fight for the Solomon Islands. Combat in the Solomons saw a series of surface naval battles, including one of the key battleship-versus-battleship actions of the war; two major carrier actions; daily air duels, including the aerial ambush in which perished the famous Japanese naval commander Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku; and many other hair-raising exploits. Commencing with the Allied invasion of Guadalcanal, Prados shows how and why the Allies beat Japan on the sea, in the air, and in the jungles.

Japanese Destroyer Captain

Japanese Destroyer Captain
Author: Tameichi Hara
Publsiher: Naval Institute Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2013-06-14
ISBN 10: 1612513743
ISBN 13: 9781612513744
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Japanese Destroyer Captain Book Review:

This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain. A hero to his countrymen, Capt. Hara exemplified the best in Japanese surface commanders: highly skilled, hard driving, and aggressive. Moreover, he maintained a code of honor worthy of his samurai grandfather, and, as readers of this book have come to appreciate, he was as free with praise for American courage and resourcefulness as he was critical of himself and his senior commanders.

The Siesta and the Midnight Sun

The Siesta and the Midnight Sun
Author: Jessa Gamble
Publsiher: Penguin Canada
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-10-11
ISBN 10: 0143185853
ISBN 13: 9780143185857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Siesta and the Midnight Sun Book Review:

When a retiring worker is given a gold watch, Jessa Gamble observes, she symbolically gets back the freedom to keep her own hours. There were no mechanical timepieces before the industrial revolution. The day’s activities were dictated by the spinning Earth’s circuit around the Sun and by the seasons. Because people adjusted their lives to these natural rhythms, they may have experienced less stress than their modern counterparts. They almost certainly enjoyed more sleep. In The Siesta and the Midnight Sun, award-winning science writer Jessa Gamble explores the continuing significance of the biological clocks that governed our lives before modern technology annihilated the night. She describes experiments that show both rats and people adhere to a 24-hour schedule even when deprived of daylight. When our days are disrupted by shift work, jet lag or space travel, things go wrong. The disastrous chemical leak at Bhopal, India and the calamitous launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger both were caused partly by sleepless workers. Insomnia is rampant in the Western world. By investigating patterns of behaviour in many societies both past and current, Gamble gives us a glimpse of different ways of scheduling time. In this superbly insightful and entertaining book she examines the crises and creative adaptations that occur on the embattled border where biology, culture and technology clash.

The Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun
Author: Alan F. Alford
Publsiher: Alan F. Alford
Total Pages: 443
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780952799436
ISBN 13: 095279943X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Pacific Thunder

Pacific Thunder
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-10-19
ISBN 10: 1472821866
ISBN 13: 9781472821867
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Pacific Thunder Book Review:

On 27 October 1942, four “Long Lance” torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea. Of the pre-war carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: Enterprise, that had been badly damaged in the battle of Santa Cruz; USS Saratoga (CV-3) which lay in dry dock, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo; and the USS Ranger (CV-4), which was in mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch. For the American naval aviators licking their wounds in the aftermath of this defeat, it would be difficult to imagine that within 24 months of this event, Zuikaku, the last survivor of the carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor, would lie at the bottom of the sea. Alongside it lay the other surviving Japanese carriers, sacrificed as lures in a failed attempt to block the American invasion of the Philippines, leaving the United States to reign supreme on the world's largest ocean. This is the fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign, one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history as in 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat to the brink of victory in the Pacific.

Pacific Air

Pacific Air
Author: David Sears
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2011-06-03
ISBN 10: 1459622863
ISBN 13: 9781459622869
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Pacific Air Book Review:

The exhilarating epic story of the heroic fighter pilots whose fast - flying, hard - turning planes turned the tide in the Pacific theater during World War II.

The Midnight Sun, the Tsar and the Nihilist

The Midnight Sun, the Tsar and the Nihilist
Author: James Monroe Buckley
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 376
Release: 1886
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: HARVARD:HNUMRS
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Quiggin's Isle of Man almanack

Quiggin's Isle of Man almanack
Author: N.A
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1875
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OXFORD:555075880
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun
Author: Paul Seesequasis
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-10-22
ISBN 10: 0735273316
ISBN 13: 9780735273313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun Book Review:

A revelatory portrait of eight Indigenous communities from across North America, shown through never-before-published archival photographs--a gorgeous extension of Paul Seesequasis's popular social media project. In 2015, writer and journalist Paul Seesequasis found himself grappling with the devastating findings of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on the residential school system. He sought understanding and inspiration in the stories of his mother, herself a residential school survivor. Gradually, Paul realized that another, mostly untold history existed alongside the official one: that of how Indigenous peoples and communities had held together during even the most difficult times. He embarked on a social media project to collect archival photos capturing everyday life in First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities from the 1920s through the 1970s. As he scoured archives and libraries, Paul uncovered a trove of candid images and began to post these on social media, where they sparked an extraordinary reaction. Friends and relatives of the individuals in the photographs commented online, and through this dialogue, rich histories came to light for the first time. Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun collects some of the most arresting images and stories from Paul's project. While many of the photographs live in public archives, most have never been shown to the people in the communities they represent. As such, Blanket Toss is not only an invaluable historical record, it is a meaningful act of reclamation, showing the ongoing resilience of Indigenous communities, past, present--and future.

Belfast (Rough Guides Snapshot Ireland)

Belfast (Rough Guides Snapshot Ireland)
Author: Rough Guides
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2015-07-01
ISBN 10: 0241238234
ISBN 13: 9780241238233
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Belfast (Rough Guides Snapshot Ireland) Book Review:

The Rough Guide Snapshot to Belfast is the ultimate travel guide to this captivating region of Ireland. It leads you through the area with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the major sights and attractions. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, pubs, and nightlife, ensuring you make the most of your trip, whether passing through, staying for the weekend, or longer. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Ireland, with all the practical information you need for traveling in and around Belfast, including transportation, food, drink, costs, health, events, and outdoor activities. Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Ireland.

One Day in August

One Day in August
Author: David O'Keefe
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2013-11-05
ISBN 10: 0345807715
ISBN 13: 9780345807717
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


One Day in August Book Review:

Magnificent and engrossing, One Day in August reveals in full for the first time the “Ultra Secret” story behind one of WW2’s most controversial mysteries—and one of Canada’s most sorrowful moments. In a narrative as powerful and moving as it is authoritative, David O’Keefe rewrites history, connecting Canada’s tragedy at Dieppe with an extraordinary and colourful cast of characters—from the young Commander Ian Fleming, later to become the creator of the James Bond novels, and his team of crack commandos to the code-breaking scientists of Bletchley Park (the closely guarded heart of Britain’s wartime Intelligence and code-breaking work) to those responsible for the planning and conduct of the Dieppe Raid—Admiral John Godfrey, Lord Louis Mountbatten, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others. The astonishing story critically changes what we thought we knew. For seven decades, the objective for the raid has been one of the most perplexing mysteries of WWII. In less than six hours on August 19, 1942, nearly one thousand Canadians—as well as British and Americans—lay dead or dying on the beaches around the French seaside town, with over two thousand other Canadians wounded or captured. These awful losses have left a legacy of bitterness, recrimination and controversy. In the absence of concrete reasons for the raid, myriad theories ranging from incompetence to conspiracy developed. Over almost two decades of research, sifting through countless recently declassified Intelligence documents, David O’Keefe skillfully pieces together the story like a jigsaw puzzle to reveal the prime reason behind the raid: a highly secret mission designed, in one of Britain’s darkest times, to redress the balance of the war. One Day in August provides a thrilling, multi-layered story that fundamentally changes our understanding of this most tragic and pivotal chapter in Canada’s history.

Good Morning, Midnight

Good Morning, Midnight
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Publsiher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-07-04
ISBN 10: 0812988191
ISBN 13: 9780812988192
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Good Morning, Midnight Book Review:

The story of two outsiders--a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth--as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.

Midnight in the Pacific

Midnight in the Pacific
Author: Joseph Wheelan
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-08-01
ISBN 10: 0306824604
ISBN 13: 9780306824609
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Midnight in the Pacific Book Review:

A sweeping narrative history--the first in over twenty years--of America's first major offensive of World War II, the brutal, no-quarter-given campaign to take Japanese-occupied Guadalcanal From early August until mid-November of 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots struggled for dominance against an implacable enemy: Japanese soldiers, inculcated with the bushido tradition of death before dishonor, avatars of bayonet combat--close-up, personal, and gruesome. The glittering prize was Henderson Airfield. Japanese planners knew that if they neutralized the airfield, the battle was won. So did the Marines who stubbornly defended it. The outcome of the long slugfest remained in doubt under the pressure of repeated Japanese air, land, and sea operations. And losses were heavy. At sea, in a half-dozen fiery combats, the US Navy fought the Imperial Japanese Navy to a draw, but at a cost of more than 4,500 sailors. More American sailors died in these battles off Guadalcanal than in all previous US wars, and each side lost 24 warships. On land, more than 1,500 soldiers and Marines died, and the air war claimed more than 500 US planes. Japan's losses on the island were equally devastating--starving Japanese soldiers called it "the island of death." But when the attritional struggle ended, American Marines, sailors, and airmen had halted the Japanese juggernaut that for five years had whirled through Asia and the Pacific. Guadalcanal was America's first major ground victory against Japan and, most importantly, the Pacific War's turning point. Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with Marine Corps and Army archives and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual Marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history.

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun
Author: Elwood Reid
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307426890
ISBN 13: 9780307426895
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Midnight Sun Book Review:

Jack, the gritty narrator of this dark, gripping novel by Elwood Reid, is a journeyman carpenter in his late twenties whose travels have led him to Alaska. When his pink slip arrives at the end of summer, he allows himself to be talked into an unusual job. Along with his best friend, Burke, Jack accepts ten thousand dollars from a dying Fairbanks man to travel into the northern wilderness and rescue his daughter from a cult. It doesn’t take long before their trip begins to go awry, and things only get worse once they reach the cult’s camp, where they are received with a hostility that quickly turns violent. Jack soon realizes that Burke knows more than he lets on about their mission and he finds himself on his own, desperately seeking a way out of the camp. Taut, riveting, and complex, Midnight Sun is an arctic Deliverance, a literary thriller set deep in beautiful but dark and indifferent Alaskan woods. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Imperial Fault Lines

Imperial Fault Lines
Author: Jeffrey Cox
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 357
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780804743181
ISBN 13: 0804743185
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Imperial Fault Lines Book Review:

This book tells the history of Christian missionary encounters with non-Christians, as British and American missionaries spread out from Delhi into the heartland of Punjaba part of the world where there were no Christians at all until the advent of British imperial rule in the early 19th century."

The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War
Author: Mark Stille
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2014-11-20
ISBN 10: 1472809254
ISBN 13: 9781472809254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War Book Review:

The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was the third most powerful navy in the world at the start of World War II, and came to dominate the Pacific in the early months of the war. This was a remarkable turnaround for a navy that only began to modernize in 1868, although defeats inflicted on the Russians and Chinese in successive wars at the turn of the century gave a sense of the threat the IJN was to pose. Bringing together for the first time material previously published in Osprey series books, and with the addition of new writing making use of the most recent research, this book details the Japanese ships which fought in the Pacific and examines the principles on which they were designed, how they were armed, when and where they were deployed and how effective they were in battle. A valuable reference source for Pacific War enthusiasts and historians, The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War provides a history of the IJN's deployment and engagements, analysis of the evolution of strategy and tactics, and finally addresses the question of whether it truly was a modern navy, fully prepared for the rigors of combat in the Pacific.

Wings of the Rising Sun

Wings of the Rising Sun
Author: Mark Chambers
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-11-29
ISBN 10: 1472823729
ISBN 13: 9781472823724
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Wings of the Rising Sun Book Review:

In the Pacific War's early years, Japanese air power was dominant. The only way for the Allies to defeat their enemy was to know it. This made the task of maintaining productive intelligence gathering efforts on Japan imperative. Establishing Technical Air Intelligence Units in the Pacific Theatre and the Technical Air Intelligence Center in Washington DC, the Allies were able to begin to reveal the secrets of Japanese air power through extensive flight testing and evaluation of captured enemy aircraft and equipment. These provided an illuminating perspective on Japanese aircraft and aerial weapon design philosophy and manufacturing practice. Fully illustrated throughout with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Mark Chambers explores Allied efforts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese air power during the war years, and how this intelligence helped them achieve victory in the Pacific.