The story of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II - the greatest naval battle in history.
As Allied ships prepared for the invasion of the Philippine island of Leyte, every available warship, submarine, and airplane was placed on alert while Japanese admiral Kurita Takeo stalked Admiral William F. Halsey's unwitting American armada. It was the beginning of the epic Battle of Leyte Gulf - the greatest naval battle in history.
In Storm over Leyte, acclaimed historian John Prados gives listeners an unprecedented look at both sides of this titanic naval clash, demonstrating that despite the Americans' overwhelming superiority in firepower and supplies, the Japanese achieved their goal, inflicting grave damage on US forces. And for the first time, listeners will have access to the naval intelligence reports that influenced key strategic decisions on both sides.
Drawing upon a wealth of untapped sources - US and Japanese military records, diaries, declassified intelligence reports, and postwar interrogation transcripts - Prados offers up a masterful narrative of naval conflict on an epic scale.
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Good history book, bad choice for audio book
This is not really a good choice for an Audiobook. There are tons of small details about process and personalities and lots of players, but hard to keep track of them all, especially the IJN without a scorecard or something. I've read several books about this battle and things leading up to it and still had a hard time keeping this author's details straight in my head while listening.
It kept reminding me of "Shattered Sword" about the battle of Midway. Tons of small details and lots of Japanese names and places and process. Good if you are a student of history trying to really get a feel for the whole thing, but difficult to read more than a little at a time.
Perhaps. This is a rather dry, detailed history, all written past tense, passive voice, so it's not fair to rate the narrator overall on this one piece.
Cannot imagine as film or TV. Would have to be a mini-series of 10-15 hours or so.
This book is really for the student of naval history, not for someone interested in the battles themselves. The battles take up only the last 1/4 of the book. "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" by James Hornfischer is much better on the battles and is good in print or audio. Even the Samuel Eliot Morison book "Leyte Gulf" is more interesting and accessible.
- R. Denton