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Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal.
Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory.
Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regaining dominance in the Pacific.
©2018 Jeffrey R. Cox (P)2018 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Davidsol Cometa on 05-09-18

Both sides told

It was good to hear both sides of the history. Narrator had a good cadence and kept it interesting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron Party on 05-24-18

great narration great storytelling.

out of all the books I've read on the Guadalcanal campaign and there's been a few this was by far the most readable and interesting.

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