Islands of Destiny by John Prados
The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun

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...an often unrelenting narrative of battle, told staccato-style. The pacing is improved when Mr. Prados pauses—for asides on Nimitz, on the development of radar, on the Islands' indigenous populations. A few more such breathers would have helped.
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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.
 

About John Prados

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John Prados is a senior research fellow at the National Security Archive. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by NAL. 416 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Nagorski on Oct 05 2012

...an often unrelenting narrative of battle, told staccato-style. The pacing is improved when Mr. Prados pauses—for asides on Nimitz, on the development of radar, on the Islands' indigenous populations. A few more such breathers would have helped.

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