D-Days in the Pacific
By Donald L. Miller
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743269292, 448pp.)
Publication Date: March 22, 2005
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Although most people associate the term D-Day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-Days. The largest -- and last -- was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion fleet ever assembled, far larger than that engaged in the Normandy invasion.
D-Days in the Pacific tells the epic story of the campaign waged by American forces to win back the Pacific islands from Japan. Based on eyewitness accounts by the combatants, it covers the entire Pacific struggle from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Pacific war was largely a seaborne offensive fought over immense distances. Many of the amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands were among the most savagely fought battles in American history: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, New Guinea, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa.
Generously illustrated with photographs and maps, D-Days in the Pacific is the finest one-volume account of this titanic struggle.
Donald L. Miller, the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College, is the author of nine books, including Lewis Mumford: A Life, a New York Times Notable Book, City of the Century, winner of two literary prizes, and Masters of the Air, being made into an HBO dramatic series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He has written or co-produced more than twenty film documentaries on war, cities, and social change.