War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942
By Ian W. Toll
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393068139, 640pp.
Publication Date: November 14, 2011
Ian W. Toll's dramatic narrative encompasses both the high command and the "sailor's-eye" view from the lower deck. Relying predominantly on eyewitness accounts and primary sources, Pacific Crucible also spotlights recent scholarship that has revised our understanding of the conflict, including the Japanese decision to provoke a war that few in the country's highest circles thought they could win. The result is a page-turning history that does justice to the breadth and depth of a tremendous subject.