The Battle for Leyte Gulf (Paperback)

The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battle

By C. Vann Woodward, Evan Thomas (Foreword by), Ian W. Toll (Foreword by)

Skyhorse, 9781510721340, 242pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

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Paperback (11/17/2007)

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Description

New York Times Best Seller! “So soundly documented that it is hard to see how anyone, ever, will be able to improve on it.”—New York Times

Pulitzer-Prize-winner and bestselling author C. Vann Woodward recreates the gripping account of the battle for Leyte Gulf—the greatest naval battle of World War II and the largest engagement ever fought on the high seas.

For the Japanese, it represented their supreme effort; they committed to action virtually every operational fighting ship on the lists of the Imperial Navy, including two powerful new battleships of the Yamato class. It also ended in their greatest defeat—and a tremendous victory for the United States Navy.

Features a new introduction by Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder. Thomas writes: “His elegant prose and arch wit are superbly matched to the challenge of making sense of this immense and notoriously chaotic naval battle. Woodward always told his students that history must be understood first as a story. In these pages, he proves it.”


About the Author

C. Vann Woodward was one of the most influential historians of the post-war period. He won a Pulitzer Prize and served on the historical staff of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Evan Thomas was a reporter, writer, and editor at Newsweek for 24 years, a regular panelist on the weekly public affairs TV show, Inside Washington, for twenty years, and taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton between 2003 and 2014. For seven years, from 2007 to 2014, he was the Ferris Professor of Journalism in residence at Princeton. He is the author of Sea of Thunder: Four Naval Commanders and the Last Sea War.


Praise For The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battle

"So soundly documented that it is hard to see how anyone, ever, will be able to improve on it." –The New York Times

"Masterful"—The New York Review of Books

"An interesting and informative volume."—The American Historical Review

"So soundly documented that it is hard to see how anyone, ever, will be able to improve on it." –The New York Times

"Masterful"—The New York Review of Books

"An interesting and informative volume."—The American Historical Review