The Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway At dawn of June a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the P

  • Title: The Battle of Midway
  • Author: Craig L. Symonds
  • ISBN: 9780195397932
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific By sunset, their vaunted carrier force the Kido Butai had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.In this absolutely riveting account of aThere are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific By sunset, their vaunted carrier force the Kido Butai had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America s leading naval historians, Craig L Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces and Jimmy Doolittle s daring raid of Tokyo He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker loving Admiral Yamamoto Indeed, Symonds sheds much light on the aspects of Japanese culture such as their single minded devotion to combat, which led to poorly ard planes and inadequate fire safety measures on their ships that contributed to their defeat The author s account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack attacks which failed in the early going that ultimately created a five minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye blink.Symonds is the first historian to argue that the victory at Midway was not simply a matter of luck, pointing out that Nimitz had equal forces, superior intelligence, and the element of surprise Nimitz had a strong hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly expected to win.

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    2 thoughts on “The Battle of Midway

    1. Craig Lee Symonds is a retired professor and chairman of the history department at the United States Naval Academy.

    2. This is a good overview of US Naval operations in the Pacific from the time Nimitz takes command of the Pacific Fleet in December of '41 thru the Battle of Midway.Dr. Symonds does a good job of laying out the problems Nimitz had with both the Japanese and dealing with Adm King and the Washington establishment and how he dealt with them.I felt the author has a reader friendly writing style and I was never bored or felt that he was overwhelming me with detail. At the same time, he does not gloss o [...]

    3. Disclaimer: I have never found the study of history to be entertaining. Thus I am embarrassingly ignorant about anything historical. I came into this book with no background on the battle of Midway, the war in the Pacific, or, to a large extent, WWII (sad, I know. I'm working on it). Liked:* Symonds does a great job of providing the background and the lead up to the battle itself. So while things didn't really get exciting until about half-way through (the battle of the Coral Sea), it wasn't a t [...]

    4. Excellent military history of the Battle of Midway. Author avoids the trap of taking sides, doesn't call U.S. victory a "miracle,"' doesn't say we won because of democracy or being braver than the Japanese. Just a straightforward analysis of a military battle in which one side had radar (US), one side had advanced warning of the other side's intentions thanks to code breaking (US), one side was dropping 1,000-pound bombs vs. one side that had 500-pound bombs, etc. Extremely detailed analysis of [...]

    5. The Battle of Midway by Craig Symonds is an excellent addition to the Pivotal Moments in American History series. This book provides a critical look at the time between Pearl Harbor and just after the Battle of Midway where America was finding its way against the combined fleet of the Japanese Navy. The book includes a discussion of Pearl Harbor and its impact on naval operations as well as the Doolittle raid that followed. Some time is spent on the Battle of the Coral Sea as well as the victori [...]

    6. I almost skipped over this book as over the years I have read so many books about the Battle of Midway; I thought to myself do I want to read another book on this subject. I am glad I did decide to read this book as I learned more about the battle from it.Midway was a pivotal battle of WWII. Symond is a professor emeritus from the U. S. Naval Academy. Many historians including Symonds have compared the Battle of Midway to that of Lord Nelson’s win at the Battle of Trafalgar. The comparison is [...]

    7. This is a very detailed history of the famous battle that in 2 hours changed the course of WWII. About 1/3 of the book is a blow by blow account of the actual battle and the first 2/3's is a very good history of the key events that led up to the battle. These include the Doolittle raid on Japan and the Battle of the Coral Sea. Midway has long been hailed as a miracle for the U.S. and in the introduction the author suggests that the victory was really not all that surprising. I don't think he mak [...]

    8. So many histories of the Battle of Midway consider the US Navy lucky in defeating the Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Historian and author Craig L. Symonds, in The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History), argues that luck wasn't the primary factor in the US victory at Midway. In the process of showing that there was more than just luck involved Symonds shows how the US and Japanese navies came to be in their respective positions, debunks a myth, and casts a sha [...]

    9. Although I am an ex-Navy man, I am not a particular student of military history. Even so, I was curious about what happened at Midway and this book satisfied my need to know. There were heroes and remarkable leaders on both sides. What impressed me more than anything, though, was the number of mistakes made by both sides - a fact made obvious by such an accurate and honest after-the-fact account. It was so exciting that I found it hard to put down. Now I'm curious about what a modern picture of [...]

    10. this book has revealed to me. that Midway is much more than I thought it to be. This book details the riveting account of the battle incredibly. There is no stone left unturned and hour by hour the chaos of battle unfolds. This book is specific to a University course I am taking regarding the role of chance within the battle and I have no doubt that I have all I need to thoroughly examine that role through this book.

    11. "The Battle of Midway" is a great read for naval history aficionados as well as for those who want to learn more about this pivotal battle of World War II but don't know too much about military history, as Symonds is fairly careful to explain the terms he uses which may not be known to the casual reader.The book begins with the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack in December, 1941, and includes the events (the Battle of the Coral Sea, etc.) that lead up to the Battle of Midway in June, 1942. It [...]

    12. Very good and easy reading.I learned at least a couple of things:1. how long it takes to get everything right. The failure of Hornet's planes was a failure of leadership which was hidden by Mitscher who glossed over his failure by sending to the wrong place, Ring's leadership failure, the failure to file reports by squadron commanders, or disappearance thereof, Waldron's VT8 going off the right way by disobeying Ring's order to follow him, Ring's loss of control -- he got back from the June 4 mo [...]

    13. The Battle of Midway ended Japan's hopes to force America to negotiate a peace. Next week is the 75th anniversary of this pivotal battle. Symond's book is an excellent, highly readable telling of events from both the strategic and personal level. If for some reason you have not read a book about one of the most important American victories of World War 2, this book would be a good choice.The story of the fearless American torpedo plane crews who were nearly all wiped out but whose sacrifice cont [...]

    14. Good account of the Battle of Midway in 1942. The timeline of the battle itself is handled quite well, realizing that it is complicated. Symonds does a good job of providing background, and personality profiles of the primary combatants, a detail I find quite interesting. I also thought that Symonds discussing some of the details about the ships and planes as well as the ordnance was interesting: His explanation of the problems with the Mark 14 torpedo for example. I would have enjoyed a little [...]

    15. Great read, especially if you consider yourself somewhat of a student of the WWII war in the Pacific. If you do, and think you know a lot about the battle of Midway, I will bet you will realized upon finishing this book that you knew about half of what you thought you knew. The author's writing style also makes this an easy read. Some writer's of military history get so hung up on the various units and sub-units, and unit designations that before long it is hard to remember who did what. I didn' [...]

    16. Excellent account of this pivotal battle of WWII. The book goes into the days and events leading up to the battle, detailing both sides of the conflict. You are given a very good sense of the strategies and plans of both Japan and the U.S and also are given insight into the personalities of the people involved. Very interesting read if you are a history buff, especially if you enjoy WWII history.

    17. The Battle of Midway is rated by many historians a a turning point of the war in the Pacific against the Japanese. It helped prove the power of the aircraft carrier and was a major defeat for the Japanese navy.

    18. I am glad that I read this book prior to Pacific Crucible. This is a good book that has some new information, but Ian Toll really pulls it altogether in a very readable volume.

    19. The Battle of Midway, the turning point of the Pacific Theater of WWII, a battle that every American should at least know about. This is the battle which enabled the USA to turn from a defensive war to offensive, the Japanese never to recover from the loss. And this book provides a detailed breakdown of the battle in a fascinating, gripping tale that makes one stay up to 2AM not wanting to stop reading.Symonds begins with an overview of the Pacific War from before Pearl Harbor up through Decembe [...]

    20. The only thing which fascinates me more than the amount of trees in the world is the amount of water in the world. The depth and scope of the ocean has always intrigued me in a uniquely terrifying way. I don't mean I'm scared of drowning or sharks or Cthulu, there's just something overwhelming about the magnitude of the ocean depths. Like space, only if you couldn't see beyond the first bluish-green layer, and you knew that somewhere at the end of the vast beyond was a dark, finite end inhabited [...]

    21. The Battle of Midway. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. (Kindle Edition)Chicago’s airports are the namesakes of a famous World War II Medal of Honor recipient and a pivotal battle. Lieutenant Butch O’Hare and the Battle of Midway are unfamiliar to most Americans today, but when the airports were renamed in 1949 everyone who had lived through the desperate days of early 1942 recognized why the airports’ new identities were fitting memorials to a brave Navy pilot and the turning point [...]

    22. A well written, fairly easy to read account of not only the Battle of Midway, but of most of the Pacific War from Christmas 1941 until the end of the fight at Midway in mid 1942. I'm very familiar with the Midway film released in the 70's, and I have always found this battle fascinating, but I have never read a completely account of it before. The movie portrays the events as being brought on more by luck than anything else. The author seeks to dispel such ideas, arguing that the skill and plann [...]

    23. This is probably the most entertaining historical account of an event that I have ever read. Craig L. Symonds masterfully crafts what feels like the exact right amount of information into a compelling, almost cinematic narrative that I couldn't "put down" (I listened to it on audiobook).Symonds covers the biographical backgrounds and temperaments of the key figures involved from the very top of the American command to many of the pilots, servicemen, and key Japanese figures as well. He sprinkles [...]

    24. The Battle of Midway is an excellent account of not only the Battle of Midway, but also the Battle of the Coral Sea, U.S. Code breaking, and the evolution of both the U.S. and Japanese navies in World War II. This book is filled with footnotes and extremely well researched. Despite being an excellent academic account of the Battle of Midway, Craig Symonds makes this history highly readable. It was simply hard to put down. Symonds tells much of the tale through the eyes of the primary and seconda [...]

    25. I've read a couple of accounts of the Battle of Midway over the years, and all of them have so far suffered from the same problem: the battle itself is a confused, disjointed series of events which gives rise to a bunch of confused, disjointed narratives describing it. in addition, most American accounts I think tend to gloss over one of the evidence that Midway, despite arguably being the greatest victory in the history of the US Navy, was in part won because numerous failures and incompetent d [...]

    26. Thorough and well-written analysis of the battle, and why it turned out the way it did. It also confirmed A Dawn Like Thunder's analysis that the attacks by the Hornet's planes on the Japanese fleet were completely inept, and that issue was largely covered-up after the battle (no reports by the squadron commanders were written, even though that was required by Navy policy). The author also brought across how absolutely horrible the US torpedo planes were - most of them were shot down, and not a [...]

    27. This excellent book on the Battle of Midway, the battle that changed the course of the war in the Pacific, is riveting reading. The scene is carefully set, and the major players in the drama are introduced in as even-handed a way as I have ever seen. The author's point of view is objective, even when there is clear evidence to pass judgement. The research is meticulous and complete, address both the Japanese and American actions and decision-making processes. The narrative is told in overlapping [...]

    28. An intricately researched history that covers the Pacific carrier war from Pearl Harbor through the decisive Battle of Midway in June 1942. Symonds intricately explains the rationale behind the decisions on both sides and details the air attacks. An outstanding account.

    29. A good readI read this book to learn more about how the battle started and ended. It was amazingly that we actually won this Battle due to shear luck.

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