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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange's best-selling Miracle at Midway, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida's Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle.

Parshall and Tully examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy's doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading World War II naval historian John Lundstrom, Shattered Sword is an indispensable part of any military buff's library.

Shattered Sword is the winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and was cited by Proceedings as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.

©2005 Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully (P)2019 Tantor

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“This incredibly detailed book provides a whole new approach to the study and interpretation of the battle.” (Ships and Shipping)

John Lyman Book Award, Best Book in U.S. Naval History, 2005

Notable Naval Books, Proceedings, 2005.

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  • Preston Leonard
  • 2019-04-17

Finally. It doesn't get any better then this

Shattered Sword is the definitive work of the Japanese defeat at Midway thru their eyes. A must have for any serious student of Japanese, WW2, or naval history. Meticulously detailed and extensively researched using Japanese sources, this book lays to bed many myths and misconceptions that are often repeated by historians and television documentaries.

Shattered sword manages to shove as much info into this book as possible while still keeping it listenable. This book doesnt just tell you "A Val hit Yorktown with a 250 kg bomb"; they tell you who was flying the plane, what angle of attack they came in at, where the bomb hit the ship, how the ships crew reacted to the damage, what direction the ship was going, where the other ships were in the formation, where the next plane was coming from etc.

While mostly covering the Japanese side, what is happening on the American side is not completely omitted, it's brought up when relevant. Among other subjects covered are day to day operations on Japanese carriers of the Kido Butai; difficulties launching and coordinating scout planes; anti-aircraft artillery effectiveness; Nagumo's changing by the minute dilemma and the circumstances surrounding his decision making; the reloading of ordinance on the strike planes; the Combat Air Patrol of the Japanese fleet; chances of success invading Midway, and much much more.

Usually when I like a book on Audible I will buy it in print. This book was the exception, I have it in print and I bought it on Audible the same day as it was first available. Its just that good. Anyone who would disregard this book is a fool, plain and simple.

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  • Ol'BlueEyes
  • Long Island, NY
  • 2019-05-13

Shattered Myths - These authors got it right?

I have read every book on Midway, starting with Walter Lord's account, Incredible Victory, since I was a teen. Hollywood made one totally inept film on the Battle, which included a romantic subplot. Despite the authors' attempt to downplay it, this victory was a miracle. Admittedly difficult to film due to so many events occurring concurrently. But the filmmakers can find an approach.

Shattered Sword is a landmark account of Midway, It contains a much expanded view from the Japanese side, due to translated documents becoming available. There is given in great detail facts about the American and Japanese carriers and their aircraft, as well as the specific of flight operations. (It took the Americans about four times as long to launch a strike force of eighty aircraft as it did the Japanese.)

If you are new to Midway, I wouldn't recommend Shattered Sword. Its narrative is too choppy. As the dive bombers are nearing their prey, we pause to look at the construction of Japanese carriers and their damage control capability. The audiobook version does suffer from the lack of the many diagrams, maps and photos that come with the hard book. Miracle at Midway would be a good starting point.

The only thing annoying about this volume is the tone of the authors, helped by the smirky voice of the narrator, They sound as if they want to portray themselves as the heroes of Midway by shooting down so many straw men. They claim that the two sides were equal in flight decks and airplanes. Midway Island itself accounted for the fourth American runway. They also claim parity in aircraft carried by each side's carriers.

Well, Midway as the equivalent of another American carrier does not float. Midway had a strange collection of air assets ranging from hopelessly obsolete to brand new model. But all shared the same fate of not hitting anything and being almost annihilated by the protective Zeros guarding the carriers. Both had lethal collections of dive bombers that were especially effective at hitting broad flight decks. But the Japanese also possessed crack squadrons of torpedo bombers. Something like ten to sixteen of these with no fighter escort attacked carrier Yorktown, which had its protective fighters in the air. The Japanese aircraft still managed a coordinated attack from both sides that yielded two torpedo hits.

All of the ancient and slow torpedo bombers from the American carriers were wiped out by the Zeros protecting their carriers except for a handful which released their torpedos to no effect. To be accurate, four or five made it back to their carriers. Also, the torpedo bombers of the carrier Hornet never attacked the carriers, flying off in the wrong direction. It is not stated, but the reader is given enough information to question whether the leader of those Hornet bombers intentionally flew a course that he knew would miss the carriers, knowing that to find the carriers with their Zeros overhead was certain death for almost all. This is just speculation, backed by no reputable sources.

Bottom line: if you're a Midway buff this book is an essential read.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-04-20

Simply OUTSTANDING

This book is or should be required reading for ANY reader interested in the 1942 Battle of Midway. It is especially relevant for those trying to understand the Japanese side of the Battle of Midway and events both leading up to the battle and its immediate aftermath. Absolute highest recommendation!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-18

Interesting dual perspective of Midway

24 hours was too long, still very interesting in parts

Seems Japanese were doomed to failure

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-18

great book

great book I have read many views on the battle of Midway this is the one you need to read