Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun (Hardcover)

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Dr. John Prados is a senior research fellow on national security affairs, including foreign affairs, intelligence, and military subjects, at the National Security Archive. He also directs the Archive’s Iraq Documentation Project, as well as its Vietnam Project. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University. His booksVietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945–1975; Keepers of the Keys; andCombined Fleet Decoded were each nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has published articles withVanity Fair, The Journal of American History, Scientific American, The New York Times, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, andThe Boston Globe.
Acclaimed WWII historian and military intelligence expert John Prados offers a provocative reassessment of the Allies’ battle for the Solomon Islands—a turbulent, dramatic campaign that, he argues, was the true turning point of the Pacific conflict.
Historians traditionally refer to the Battle of Midway as the point when Allied forces gained the advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted. Taking this surprising fact as the start of his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific tide turned in the Allies’ favor. His search led him to the decisive battles and strategic maneuvers in the fight for the Solomon Islands.
Beginning with the invasion of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the Solomons became a hotly contested battleground for over a year, culminating in the isolation of Rabaul by the Allies. As military forces fought over the strategically important islands, a secret war of intelligence was also being waged. For a total picture of the conflict, Prados integrates blow-by-blow action on the ground with the code breaking, aerial reconnaissance, secret spy posts, and submarine scouting that were vital to the Allied effort.
The Solomons arena saw some of the most intense combat of WWII—from major naval actions, including a key confrontation between battleships, to air battles that took place almost daily. With expert knowledge and crystal clear prose, John Prados illustrates why these events were not only thrilling, but pivotal in the Allies’ path to victory.

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ISBN 9780451238047
Genre HISTORY / Military / World War II
Format Hardcover
Pages 388
Publisher Date 2012-10-02 00:00:00.0
Publisher New Amer Library
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 1.45 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun
Edition Number 1
Audience General/trade
Authors Prados, John
Country of Origin United States

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