The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D. Hornfischer
America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

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Though oddly selective—the battles of Leyte Gulf and the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa are barely mentioned—this is a thoroughly satisfying account of the final years of World War II.
-Kirkus

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An unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and supremacy and established the foundation for America to become a dominant global superpower
 
Here is the extraordinary story of the most consequential campaign of the Pacific War: the U.S. Fifth Fleet’s seizure of the Marianas, a relentless deployment of overwhelming force on air, land, and sea that opened the path to total victory over Japan and established a new state of the art in warfare: the first use of the forerunners of today’s SEALs; the emergence of massive cross-hemispheric expeditionary operations; the flowering of American naval aviation and carrier power; and the secret training of Marianas-based air crews who would first unleash nuclear fire.
 
From the epic seaborne invasion of Saipan, to the stunning aerial battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the grinding combat ashore—and the largest suicide attack of the war—to the devastating bombing campaign that culminated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas were the fulcrum of the Pacific. Filled with memorable action set pieces and closely observed portraits of the naval, air, and ground-force warriors and commanders who revolutionized warfare, The Fleet at Flood Tide is the broadly encompassing story of the full materialization of America as a world-class military power.
 

About James D. Hornfischer

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James D. Hornfischer is a writer, literary agent, and former book editor. He is the author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, both widely acclaimed accounts of the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific.
 
Published October 25, 2016 by Bantam. 640 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 06 2016

Though oddly selective—the battles of Leyte Gulf and the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa are barely mentioned—this is a thoroughly satisfying account of the final years of World War II.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Jerry Lenaburg on Nov 23 2016

This is another marvelous addition to Hornfischer’s portfolio of naval histories. The story of the mightiest navy in history is both compelling and personal as he portrays a navy rising from near disaster to decisively defeat their opponent in open battle and pave the way for the eventual unconditional surrender of Japan.

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Post and Courier

Excellent
Reviewed by James Scott on Jan 08 2017

...has an incredible eye for detail and images...“The Fleet at Flood Tide” is narrative nonfiction at its finest — a book simply not to be missed.

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HistoryNet

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Reviewed by Robert Guttman on Dec 28 2016

While primarily centered on the Marianas and Palau Islands campaign, The Fleet at Flood Tide presents a comprehensive and highly readable history of the closing year and a half of the Pacific War.

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HistoryNet

Above average
Reviewed by DAVID SEARS on Dec 17 2016

In the process, author James D. Hornfischer argues persuasively in The Fleet at Flood Tide that both sides passed a threshold into total war.

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