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Based on oral histories, diaries, correspondence, and post-war testimony from both American and Japanese participants, Evan Thomas provides an almost cinematically suspenseful account not only of the great culminating sea battle and the Pacific naval war, but of the contrasting cultures pitted against each other.The book focuses on four naval commanders, two American, two Japanese, whose lives collided at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 - a clash involving more ships (almost 300), more men (nearly 200,000) and covering a larger area (more than 100 thousand square miles, roughly the size of the British Isles) than any naval battle in recorded history. Sea of Thunder is the story of the titanic and grotesque cultural misunderstanding between people who consistently misjudged and underestimated each other.
©2006 Evan Thomas; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.
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By Blake on 09-21-09

Excellent History of Pacific Naval War

This is an excellent view of the Pacific campaign in World War II seen through the eyes of a few of its participants, American and Japanese. Most interesting is the personal insights and the decision making on the part of Japanese command and staff officers from the start of the war through its inevitable conclusion. The narration is perfect, providing the fabric of the printed page without distraction.

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By Hill on 11-11-11

Sea of Thunder

I have listened to a lot of books about the Navy and Marine WWII battles in the south and central pacific. Most were accounts from people who were there some were fiction. Thomas did a very fine job of putting a real face on the commanders of the naval forces. At times I thought he was a little hard on the Americans and not hard enought on the Japanes. Halsey was painted out to be to driven as an admiral. From where I stand (which is in the cheap seats) thank god for men like Halsey yes he made some mistakes but over all he and the other admirals did a wonderful job. A fine work by Thomas I enjoyed it.

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