Sea of Thunder
Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945
By Evan Thomas
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743252225, 432pp.)
Publication Date: November 6, 2007
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Sea of Thunder is a taut, fast-paced, suspenseful narrative of the Pacific War that culminates in the battle of Leyte Gulf, the greatest naval battle ever fought. Told from both the American and Japanese sides, through the eyes of commanders and sailors of both navies, Thomas's history adds an important new dimension to our understanding of World War II.
Drawing on oral histories, diaries, correspondence, postwar testimony from both American and Japanese participants, and interviews with survivors, Thomas provides an account not only of the great sea battle and Pacific naval war, but of the contrasting cultures pitted against each other.
Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.
"The incomparable Evan Thomas has done it again. World War II in the Pacific has never gotten the attention it deserves, and Sea of Thunder helps to restore the balance." -- Michael Beschloss, author of The Conquerors
"A riveting tale of character and war by one of our most graceful writers. With impressive scholarship and a brilliant eye for detail, Evan Thomas tells the extraordinary story of Leyte Gulf without ever losing sight of the men in the maelstrom." -- Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn
"Sea of Thunder is an extraordinary book. Evan Thomas's dig into recent Japanese writing on the war, and his personal investigations among the survivors, turned up historian's gold. His Japanese leaders appear not unlike ourselves, behind the mask of an alien old culture. The portrait of Kurita, the controversial Japanese commander at Leyte Gulf, is novel, convincing, and surprisingly moving." -- Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance
"This is a wonderful book; thoughtful and riveting all at the same time, and it's good history -- you're never quite sure things are going to turn out the way you know they did!" -- Ken Burns, Filmmaker, The War
"Sensational, riveting history, plus a brilliant penetrating study of both the American and Japanese military minds. Sea of Thunder is full of psychological insight that will leave your jaw dropping." -- Bob Woodward, author of Plan of Attack
"Whenever Evan Thomas turns on his smarts and energy, history makes more sense. Here he looks at the Pacific War from Guadalcanal to Tokyo Harbor and brings his vivid insights to the world's greatest naval campaign." -- Ben Bradlee, former editor, The Washington Post, naval officer, the South Pacific, 1942-45