• by Max Hastings
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 27 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama - that ended in Japan's utter devastation - was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces. In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East. But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors caught in the bloodiest of campaigns. With its piercing and convincing analysis, Retribution is a brilliant telling of an epic conflict from a master military historian at the height of his powers.


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Too much hand-wringing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The first three quarters of the book are very good. The last quarter is marred by interminable hand-wringing about the use of the atomic bomb. The author seems to have a neurosis about this topic. It ruins what would otherwise have been a fine effort.

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Dear Max Hastings: Just tell us what happened. We, the readers, can draw our own ethical conclusions; we don't need you to beat us over the head.

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- John


Simon Vance does an excellent job. The book is fantastic and a must read (listen) for anyone interested in the Pacific War. Read along with Neptune's Inferno, Retribution caps an awe inspiring and essential learning experience.
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- Lee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio