"Victory at Sea: World War II in the Pacific" by James F...

Book Brief

November 05, 1995|By Spencer C. Tucker | Spencer C. Tucker,Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Victory at Sea: World War II in the Pacific" by James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi. William Morrow. 612 pages. $25 This is a splendid book. Unconventional in approach, it is a mine of useful and sometimes little-known information.

The authors' interest in war gaming is obvious. For example, what might have happened had Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo carried out a third air strike at Pearl Harbor? Or if Vice Admiral W.S. Pye had risked his carriers in an attempt to relieve Wake Island?

A chapter titled "The Really Important Stuff" deals with supply and logistics. Another, "The Boring Stuff," treats controversies such as the flag-raising on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi and whether President Franklin Roosevelt "starved" Gen. Douglas MacArthur of men and equipment (he did not).

In "Who Was Who in the Pacific War," the authors provide brief biographies of leading figures, and a gazetteer in "What Was Where." This books belongs in any collection of books about World War II in the Pacific.

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