The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War

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Naval Institute Press, Mar 1, 2007 - History - 611 pages
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Originally published in 1963, this classic, single-volume history draws on Morison's definitive 15-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, /I. More than a condensation, The Two-Ocean War highlights the major components of the larger work: the preparation for war, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the long war of attrition between submarines and convoys in the Atlantic, the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, the long grind of Guadalcanal, the leapfrogging campaigns among the Pacific islands, the invasion of continental Europe, the blazes of glory at Leyte and Okinawa, and the final, grudging surrender of the Japanese

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User Review  - Karlstar - LibraryThing

This is a good read if you are brushing up on naval history of WW2, especially some of the lesser known actions in the Pacific. However, it is not as scholarly as more modern writings on the subject ... Read full review

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Good, easy to read, interesting although very high level by necessity. Read full review


The Twenty Years Peace 19191939
Short of War 9391941
Disaster at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
Disaster in the Far East July 194iMay 1942
Destruction in the Atlantic 942
Carrier Strikes Coral Sea and Midway December
Guadalcanal August 1942February 194 3
The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands 2627
Gilberts and Marshalls November 1943July 1944
New Guinea and the Marianas AprilAugust 1944
Mediterranean and Atlantic August 1943June 194 4
The Navy in the Invasion of France 1944
Leyte SeptemberDecember 1944
The Philippines and Submarine Operations i
Iwo Jima and Okinawa FebruaryAugust 1945
The End of the War November 1944September

The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal 1215 Novem
The Battles of Tassafaronga and Rennell Island
North Africa and Sicily Operations torch
Forward in the Pacific March 1943April 1944

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Samuel Eliot Morison was born in Boston in 1887. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912 and began teaching history there in 1915, becoming full professor in 1925 and Jonathan Trumbull professor of American history in 1941. He served as the university's official historian and wrote a three-volume history of the institution, the Tercentennial History of Harvard College and University, which was completed in 1936. Between 1922 and 1925 he was Harmsworth professor of American history at Oxford. He also was an accomplished sailor who retired from the navy in 1951 as a rear admiral. In preparing for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Christopher Columbus and John Paul Jones, Admiral of the Ocean Sea (1941) and John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography (1952) he took himself out of the study and onto the high seas, where he traced the voyages of his subjects and "lived" their stories insofar as possible. When it came time for the U.S. Navy to select an author to write a history of its operations in World War II, Morison was the natural choice for the task. In 1942, Morison was commissioned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to write a history of U.S. naval operations in World War II and given the rank of lieutenant commander. The 15 volumes of his History of United States Naval Operations in World War II appeared between 1947 and 1962. Although he retired from Harvard in 1955, Morison continued his research and writing. A product of the Brahmin tradition, Morison wrote about Bostonians and other New Englanders and about life in early Massachusetts. He was an "American historian" in the fullest sense of the term. He also had a keen appreciation for the larger history of the nation and world, provincial is the last word one would use to describe Morison's writing.

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