The inside story of the historic battle that turned the tide in the war for the Pacific
Six months after Pearl Harbor, the seemingly invincible Imperial Japanese Navy prepared a decisive blow against the United States. After sweeping through Asia and the South Pacific, Japan's military targeted the tiny atoll of Midway, an ideal launching pad for the invasion of Hawaii and beyond. The United States Navy would be waiting for them.
Thanks to cutting-edge code-breaking technology, tactical daring, and a huge stroke of luck, the Americans under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz dealt the Japanese navy its first major defeat of the war. Three years of hard fighting remained, but it was at Midway that the tide turned. This vivid, in-depth bestseller is the first book to tell the story of the epic battle from both the American and Japanese sides.
In Miracle at Midway, Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, and Katherine V. Dillon show how America won its first and greatest victory of the Pacific war - and how easily it could have been a defeat.
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This carefully researched and balanced account of the most important naval battle of World War 11 is easy on the ear but detailed and very interesting. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in this period of history.
"I enjoyed both the narrator and the content"
Yes! This is a detailed, factual account of a relatively complex military action involving ships, and aircraft. Lots of research went into this book, and while I didn't need to know the designations of each aircraft and ship, there was enough information about the people - both Japanese and U.S. - involved to make the story interesting throughout the whole book.
I liked it so much I will read/listen to Gordon Prange's other books.
Learning about the thoughts and strategy of the Japanese.
I like Dennis Holland as a narrator. There are pieces of "humor" scattered within the story, and Mr. Holland brings them out to hear.
The narrator clearly had never heard some of the terms pronounced by others (even documentaries). While the pronunciation of commanders and ship names (eg. Yamato) might be subject to debate, what is not up for debate would be the name of a Japanese submarine. The text clearly refers to the Japanese submarine I-168 (as in India-168), but the narrator pronounces it as "1-168" (one-one six eight). It's clear from this single type of error that expert guidance or editing was not provided.
This is great writing, in depth research from both the Americans and the Japanese sources, clearly told.
Found myself sitting in the garage waiting for the chapter to end, so I could go in.
I loved it. If you love history you will love this book. If you are not in to history you probably will find it a bit boring
"Rock solid entertainment"
War histories are tricky. Too much detail and they bog down in boring minutiae. Too little detail and they add nothing new.
Prangue, Goldstein and Dillon hit the target dead center.
Miracle at Midway envelopes a wealth of new information inside interesting stories of real life sailors & airmen, American and Japanese. In particular, the view from the Japanese men was the best part. Enough so that my next history will be focused entirely on that aspect of the Pacific battles.
"Good Story - Difficult for Audio"
The overall story was good. Love WWII history and this gave lots of details. However the detail made audio listening difficult. Had to keep going back to review. A written book would make looking at maps, charts, details easier to follow. This is a part of history not spoken of often, so it is a valuable story. Just would be better in print.
"Too many details"
The details, serial numbers, nit-picky details have to be sifted through to get to the story.
"Like an academic report"
I liked the story from the Japanese side.
I didn't like the amount of irrelevant detail. I didn't care about what time a garbage scow left the dock at Pearl Harbor. I didn't care about the serial number of every Japanese submarine in the plot.
Make it flow more like the story it is rather than what seems like a statistical academic report.
Drones with no emphasis or emotion.
Only if the story were better presented.
I just finished "The Rising Sun" about Japan from 1936 to 1945. Very well presented. It's what made me purchase Midway. I will wade through it but I'm disappointed.
"Enjoyable, informative, and inspiring"
I truly enjoyed this listen. Learned so much that I didn't know. The best part was the analysis of what went right and what went wrong.
"I Just Don't Know...."
Listen to the "Sample" before purchasing this book - I didn't. With over 200 books in my Audible library, this is the first title I just couldn't enjoy because of a narrator. Mr. Holland's inflections did not follow either the story or the punctuation. That made it difficult to follow the story because I was constantly rethinking what I'd heard. I'll probably order the Kindle version since as a history buff, I find the battle of Midway very interesting.
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