The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War
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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If you can't find what you want in this book, does Samuel Eliot Morison have an offer for you! As other reviewers have pointed out, Morison authored a comprehensive naval history of American participation in World War II, and then produced this much shorter volume. It's still a very detailed study -- there are histories of the whole war shorter than this single specialized volume -- but things have been left out. Some of them, perhaps, very important. There are times when it can be easy to get lost. I felt this most, for some reason, in the Atlantic sections. The material on the Pacific war with Japan seemed much clearer. Maybe it's just that the Pacific war had well-defined campaigns and clear-cut battles where it was relatively easy to count up the wins and losses. This should not be interpreted as a complaint. Morison's ten-volume work is overkill for most people. I wish a few events (e.g. the Battle of Midway) had gotten more space, but for most casual readers, this is the only book on the naval history of the war that you will ever need.
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Interesting book on the United States Navy and the battles fought during World War II. I read a lot of books on the Navy during the Pacific Theater during World War II. However, this also covered the European, North African, and Mediterranean campaigns as well.
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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