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 best-selling 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.
Parshall and Tully 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 World War II naval historian John Lundstrom, Shattered Sword is an indispensable part of any military buff's library.
Shattered Sword is the winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and was cited by Proceedings as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.
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This is written like a love letter to the Japaneese Navy, but yet it's not. It's a brilliant way of looking at the battle It's the first new good look at a battle that has a lot of "Common knowledge" around it, that really isn't so "common". I would venture to say a lot of people probably wont\'t like this book from it's tone, because it seeks to bring science to fiction, which is always a clash if you prefer all the fairy tales that you fell asleep with history on, thinking this was the one and only way to see it.
If you're interested in a book well worth it's price, and doesn't treat the reader like they are stupid this is your book. It's a genuine eye opener. There's so much information that I'm through my third time with it.
For overview of the Battle of Midway, I recommend Craig Symonds’ great book ‘Battle of Midway’ or Ian Toll’s master work ‘Pacific Crucible.’
If you are a serious student of the battle, ‘Shattered Sword’ is a highly detailed and well researched (Japanese side)telling of a brilliant American victory and well worth a listen.