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In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The capture of the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanese carrier airpower marked a pivotal moment in the Pacific War. No tactical masterstroke or blunder could reverse the increasingly lopsided balance of power between the two combatants. The War in the Pacific had entered its endgame.Beginning with the Honolulu Conference, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with his Pacific theater commanders to plan the last phase of the campaign against Japan, Twilight of the Gods brings to life the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts.Ian W. Toll's narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also reconstructs the Japanese and American home fronts and takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided.Drawing from a wealth of rich archival sources and new material, Twilight of the Gods casts a penetrating light on the battles, grand strategic decisions and naval logistics that enabled the Allied victory in the Pacific. An authoritative and riveting account of the final phase of the War in the Pacific, Twilight of the Gods brings Toll's masterful trilogy to a thrilling conclusion. This prize-winning and best-selling trilogy will stand as the first complete history of the Pacific War in more than twenty-five years, and the first multivolume history of the Pacific naval war since Samuel Eliot Morison's series was published in the 1950s.… (més)
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Títol:Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 (Vol. 3) (Pacific War Trilogy)
Autors:Ian W. Toll (Autor)
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 944 pages
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5763. Twilight of the Gods War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, by Ian W. Toll (read 12 Nov 2021) This is the final book in the author's trilogy on the war against Japan. Like the first two books, which I read with much admiration, this book is superbly written, though I thought some of the account and the conclusion could have been done better. The book recounts all of the action in the war in the Pacific from mid-1944 to the end in August 1945 and covers the occupation of Japan by American troops. American battle deaths in the war against Japan were calculated to be 111,606. I was glad my brother was in combat as short a time as he was and remembered well the joy with which he was welcomed home on 30 September 1945 and one's heart must go out to the many homes which did not have such a joyous event. And while there were many Japanese homes which were bereft there would have been even more if the fanatics who resisted the decision to surrender had had their way. This is indeed an awesomely excellent treatment of its subject. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 13, 2021 |
I'm so torn about what I want to say about this book. 3 1/2 stars
It's got a lot of good information in it. Toll has written 3 volumes detailing the US Pacific War and this is the final installment. He covers everything you'd expect him to (in all 3 volumes) and discusses some additional lesser-known items. If you are a beginner, Toll is a fine author to begin with. Superb coverage of decisions made in DC by King & the Joint Chiefs, Australia by MacArthur, Hawaii by Nimitz, and out in the fleets and islands.
And yet.....
Toll discusses unimportant details and tends to repeat himself. We read the phrase "towering radio antennas of the New Jersey" 3 times in 50 pages.
Toll states in the author's note that there was a new "important" source document that became available to him after he had begun the trilogy. He also alludes to new sources in the previous 2 books. But I don't see anything obviously new here that hasn't already been discussed by other historians.
Toll also says in the author's note that he wanted to include some parallel topics that lay alongside the main narrative. I appreciate him including this, but feel like he _didn't_ give them the time they deserved. Examples: Turner's drinking problem is mentioned several times, but we never learn if someone like Barbey was considered to replace him. The brown-shoe vs. black-shoe admirals conflict is discussed a lot, but we never learn if there was similar problems in the IJN.
Toll really pounds an idea to death in his analysis. Certainly I agree that this last year of the Pacific War was a much bigger war than 1942-43, especially on the American side, but I feel like finding different ways to say the same thing in multiple paragraphs is just overkill.
Is this a good book? Yes. Is it great? No.
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  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
Having read the first two books in this series recently, I thought the beginning started a little slow. The beginning of this third book had a fairly large review of the story told in the first two books wrapped around the subject of the "Pacific War and the role of the Press". I found this an odd subject for the beginning of the story.

The rest of the book was GREAT! The blend of "Big Picture" thoughts with small interesting anecdotes made the story come alive. ( )
  Tower_Bob | Nov 12, 2020 |
The third volume of Toll's history of the war in the Pacific is powerfully written. All three volumes are clear and informative. Toll does not hesitate to make judgements and to lay blame or to give praise where it is deserved. He evinces a sympathy and understanding of the effects of combat on the soldiers and sailors of both sides. He has presented the best over all picture of the war against Japan that I have read.
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  dandailey | Nov 8, 2020 |
In setting out to write his three volume history of the Pacific war, Ian W. Toll anticipated "an episodic and discursive narrative, one that colors outside the lines of conventional specialized military history." When he reached the third volume, "Twilight of the Gods," he sailed beyond the conventions to include "military press relations, naval pilot training, Allied radio and leaflet propaganda and the lives of evacuated Japanese schoolchildren" and much, much more. This is a very satisfying read. So well written that I regretted coming to the last page.
  RonWelton | Oct 20, 2020 |
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In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The capture of the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanese carrier airpower marked a pivotal moment in the Pacific War. No tactical masterstroke or blunder could reverse the increasingly lopsided balance of power between the two combatants. The War in the Pacific had entered its endgame.Beginning with the Honolulu Conference, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with his Pacific theater commanders to plan the last phase of the campaign against Japan, Twilight of the Gods brings to life the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts.Ian W. Toll's narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also reconstructs the Japanese and American home fronts and takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided.Drawing from a wealth of rich archival sources and new material, Twilight of the Gods casts a penetrating light on the battles, grand strategic decisions and naval logistics that enabled the Allied victory in the Pacific. An authoritative and riveting account of the final phase of the War in the Pacific, Twilight of the Gods brings Toll's masterful trilogy to a thrilling conclusion. This prize-winning and best-selling trilogy will stand as the first complete history of the Pacific War in more than twenty-five years, and the first multivolume history of the Pacific naval war since Samuel Eliot Morison's series was published in the 1950s.

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